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Here is a list of books for Dorset that you may find useful.



Dorset books: Maps

A-Z Hampshire Dorset & Wiltshire Road Map
A-Z Hampshire Dorset & Wiltshire Road Map

This full colour foldout visitors' map of Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire features road mapping that covers an area extending to:

Chepstow, Stroud, Lechlade on Thames, Oxford, High Wycombe, Maidenhead, Bracknell, Farnham, Midhurst, Chichester, Portsmouth, Isle of Wight, Southampton, Bournemouth, Poole, Swanage, Weymouth, Isle of Portland, Lyme Regis, Ilminster, Bridgwater, Weston-Super-Mare and Newport.
Map information includes:

Motorways open with full junction detail, motorways under construction and proposed, service areas, primary routes and destinations, A and B roads, tolls, mileages, county boundaries, gradients 1:5 and steeper together with spot heights and hill shading.
Fuel station and safety camera locations with their maximum speed limits.
Selected places of interest, tourist information centres, caravan and camping sites and golf courses.
The index panel is adjacent to the map and lists towns, villages, hamlets and locations. Places of interest are listed separately.

Price: £4.40

Publication: 28 Oct 2009 [Folded Map, Illustrated] [Map]

A-Z Hampshire Dorset & Wiltshire Road Map   A-Z Hampshire Dorset & Wiltshire Road Map


Dorset books: Travel Guides

Dorset, New Forest and the Isle of Wight with Kids (Footprint Travel Guides) (Footprint with Kids)
Dorset, New Forest and the Isle of Wight with Kids (Footprint Travel Guides) (Footprint with Kids)

Jam-packed with information on exploring this gorgeous destination, this guide leaves no stone unturned in the search for the very best adventures and attractions for families heading to either Dorset, the New Forest or the Isle of Wight. The guide is brim-full of advice for fun activities providing the perfect balance of practical information and inspirational ideas. All the best activities, beaches and big days out are captured in this great guide along with all the best places to stay and to eat. Gorgeous photos highlight Footprint s family holiday favourites. If you re looking for a great escape in the New Forest, a classic cottage on Dorset s majestic coast or a garlanded yurt on the Isle of Wight, our 5 favourite holidays will definitely inspire you. The guide is then divided into 4 sections Jurassic Coast, Isle of Purbeck, New Forest & Isle of Wight with each section providing information on a tremendous array of activities from exploring ancient castles and fossil-hunting on the coast to surfing Boscombe s new reef and zip lining in the New Forest. All entries for attractions, accommodation and places to eat include postcodes to help you find your way with sat nav. From Alice in Wonderland to Tess of the d Urbervilles, the region is rich in literary history so we ve selected the best reads for kids and adults that will whet the appetite before you depart. If rain stops play each section includes fabulous ideas for those liquid sunshine days. If you're looking to capture the magic of your fondly remembered childhood holidays, this guide will certainly set you off on your own adventures that your kids will remember forever.

Price: £9.65

Publication: 30 April 2010

Dorset, New Forest and the Isle of Wight with Kids (Footprint Travel Guides) (Footprint with Kids)   Dorset, New Forest and the Isle of Wight with Kids (Footprint Travel Guides) (Footprint with Kids)


Dorset: The Complete Guide
Dorset: The Complete Guide

Price: £11.66

Publication: Revised edition (2003)

Dorset: The Complete Guide   Dorset: The Complete Guide


Official Dorset Guide (Compass Miniguides) (PopOut Guide)
Official Dorset Guide (Compass Miniguides) (PopOut Guide)

Discover the endless sandy beaches of the magnificent Jurassic coastline, explore the vibrant towns of Bournemouth, Bridport and beyond or marvel at the monkeys in Monkey World; all the best activities and big days out are captured in this handy, pocket-sized guide to Dorset.
* Produced in conjunction with Visit Dorset, the official tourism authority
* Highlights the top 20 Dorset experiences
* Provides information on the key towns and attractions
* Full-colour photographs throughout giving you a real flavour of this gorgeous county
* Also includes a handy PopOut map to help you plan your trip and get the most out of your time away

Price: £3.99

Publication: 4 July 2011

Official Dorset Guide (Compass Miniguides) (PopOut Guide)   Official Dorset Guide (Compass Miniguides) (PopOut Guide)


The Dorset Coast
The Dorset Coast

Although it includes many sandy beaches and picturesque coastal towns, the most spectacular feature of the Dorset coast is the geological diversity which produces some of the most remarkable and easily recognisable natural landmarks in Britain.
The rock formations of the 'Jurassic Coast' include Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, Portland and Chesil Beach and, to the west, Golden Cap - the highest cliff on the South Coast, and the astonishing riches in fossils and amonites of the cliffs around Lyme Regis.
Adam Burton's expert photography captures the magic of this extraordinary landscape.

Price: £11.99

Publication: 9 Oct 2008

The Dorset Coast   The Dorset Coast


The Official Guide to the Jurassic Coast: Dorset and East Devon's World Heritage Coast (Walk Through Time Guide S.)
The Official Guide to the Jurassic Coast: Dorset and East Devon's World Heritage Coast (Walk Through Time Guide S.)

This award winning guide explains the stories of the World Heritage Site, including rocks, fossils and features that make it a place of global importance. It introduces the key places along the coast, things to see and ways to explore and understand the area.

Price: £3.71

Publication: 15 April 2003

The Official Guide to the Jurassic Coast: Dorset and East Devon's World Heritage Coast (Walk Through Time Guide S.)   The Official Guide to the Jurassic Coast: Dorset and East Devon's World Heritage Coast (Walk Through Time Guide S.)


The Rough Guide to Dorset, Hampshire & the Isle of Wight
The Rough Guide to Dorset, Hampshire & the Isle of Wight

The Rough Guide to Dorset, Hampshire & the Isle of Wight is the ultimate travel guide to these beautiful and diverse regions of southern England. With detailed coverage of all the top attractions, you'll discover the hidden gems of the New Forest and South Downs National Parks, and find the best beaches on the Isle of Wight and along the stunning south coast, which includes the famous Jurassic Coast. The guide features practical advice on what to see and do, with up-to-date reviews of the best hotels, bars, clubs, shops and restaurants for all budgets.

The Rough Guide to Dorset, Hampshire & the Isle of Wight also includes detailed walks and cycling routes, historical information and the lowdown on the best places to sample local food and drink. Explore every corner of the regions with easy-to-use colour maps to help make sure you don't miss the unmissable.

Price: £9.09

Publication: 17 Jan 2013

The Rough Guide to Dorset, Hampshire & the Isle of Wight   The Rough Guide to Dorset, Hampshire & the Isle of Wight


Dorset books: History & Heritage

Dorset's World Heritage Coast: An Archaeological Guide
Dorset's World Heritage Coast: An Archaeological Guide

Dorset's coastline is justly famous for its geology; its archaeological heritage deserves to be better known. This guide, which takes the form of an exploration of the Dorset coastal path from Studland to Lyme Regis, aims to achieve this by showing the reader how to recognize and interpret traces of past human activity, and how to distinguish these from the effects of natural processes. Every period of the past from the late Stone Age to the present is represented in this narrow strip of southern Britain, and almost all types of archaeological sites from burials and settlements to industrial and military are encountered in the book. A section of the guide groups the sites in chronological order and provides a summary of the most important historical changes they illustrate.

Price: £13.28

Publication: May 1, 2004

Dorset's World Heritage Coast: An Archaeological Guide   Dorset's World Heritage Coast: An Archaeological Guide


Dorset books: Walking and Tours

30 Walks in Dorset (AA 30 Walks in)
30 Walks in Dorset (AA 30 Walks in)

This original concept takes the most popular walks from the AA's best-selling and newly updated walks database and packages them on individual laminated cards in a durable box. The small and handy size means that the box can be stowed away in a pocket or handbag and single cards extracted at each walk start point. Clear and concise instructions plus a full-colour route map make the cards a joy to use.

Price: £5.29

Publication: 30 Jun 2010

30 Walks in Dorset (AA 30 Walks in)   30 Walks in Dorset (AA 30 Walks in)


Dorset Walks (Pathfinder Guide)
Dorset Walks (Pathfinder Guide)

Dorset must rank as one of the most unspoilt counties in England. Dominating the landscape are the chalk downs open, sweeping, grassy uplands that stretch from the former forest lands of Cranborne Chase on the Wiltshire and Hampshire borders right across the middle of the county to the coast. The many ridge-top footpaths (including one starting from Cerne Abbas which ends with the Cerne Giant in all its glory) that cross these downs provide splendid walking and a succession of panoramic views.

Price: £8.39

Publication: 1 Nov 2008

Dorset Walks (Pathfinder Guide)   Dorset Walks (Pathfinder Guide)


Pub Walks in Dorset
Pub Walks in Dorset

A brand-new book in our Pub Walks series, this volume guides the walker to some of the best, most beautiful places in Dorset. The country pubs, upon which each walk is based, have all been chosen for their good food, range of ales, history and character. The 20 circular walks vary in length from 2 and a half - 5 and three quarter miles. The walks include coastal paths at Kingston, Abbotsbury and Eype; woodland walks at Lytchett Minster, Corfe Mullen and Stoke Abbot; downland routes at Sixpenny Handley, Horton and Corfe Castle; and riverside walks at Tarrant Gunville, Moreton, Shillingstone and Hinton St Mary. In addition there are also walks in pretty valleys as at Winterbourne Stickland and Cattistock and through picturesque villages such as Loders and Piddletrenthide. Along the way there is the chance to see Sturt's Folly, a six-storey brick tower; the grave of Lawrence of Arabia; a church pulpit canopy with two bullet holes in it; a Roman road; stained-glass windows by Lawrence Whistler; the pub where Thomas Hardy was a regular and several old railway trackbeds.

Price: £7.95

Publication: 30 April 2013

Pub Walks in Dorset   Pub Walks in Dorset


Ramblers Short Walks In Dorset (Collins Ramblers Short Walks)
Ramblers Short Walks In Dorset (Collins Ramblers Short Walks)

A practical little walk guide to Dorset endorsed by the Ramblers. All the walks are 5 miles or under in length and can easily be completed in less that 3 hours. 20 walks are included and use clear Ordnance Survey maps to show the route plus easy to follow walk descriptions.

The southern English county of Dorset contains stunning coastal scenery and beautiful rural countryside waiting to be explored. The area is famous for the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, which features landforms such as the sublime Lulworth Cove, the impressive shingles of Chesil Beach, and the great natural arch of Durdle Door.

This guide, produced in co-operation with the Ramblers and featuring Ordnance Survey mapping, is the perfect way to get out and enjoy the stunning scenery.

This compact little guide contains walks, all of which are 5 miles or under, which are ideal for an afternoon stroll.

Price: £4.49

Publication: 3 Mar 2011

Ramblers Short Walks In Dorset (Collins Ramblers Short Walks)   Ramblers Short Walks In Dorset (Collins Ramblers Short Walks)


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