With its rolling dales, protected heathlands and dramatic Jurassic coastline, it’s no wonder filmmakers, poets and authors have long been drawn to beautiful Dorset. Silverlake sits amidst unspoilt plains within easy reach of the county’s most alluring attractions including sweeping golden beaches, grand historic houses, cobblestone market towns and cosy country pubs just waiting to welcome you in.
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Just 30 minutes east of Silverlake lies one of Dorset’s best-loved towns. Famously picturesque, the breezy coastal town of Poole is the epitome of harbourside chic. There’s plenty for families to enjoy from fish and chips on the beach to exploring the colourful Lighthouse art centre or hopping on a ferry to hunt for treasure on neighbouring islands. Once a busy centre for maritime trade, visitors now flock to Poole Quay for its lively bars, pubs and restaurants.
Dorset’s picturesque county town of Dorchester is steeped in rich history but has recently found itself thrust into the 21st Century. The thriving town centre has been rejuvenated with the opening of the Brewery Square, brimming over with trendy new shops, eateries and watering holes. From the historic haunts of famous poet Thomas Hardy and the Tutankhamun museum to Carluccio’s and the new Odeon cinema, there is something for everyone in this beautiful town.
Weymouth is situated on a sheltered bay at the mouth of the River Wey, a short drive south of Silverlake. Attracting day-trippers with its grand Georgian seafront and long safe sandy beach, this cheerful seaside town is a must-visit for young and old. Don’t forget your bucket and spade!
To the west of Silverlake lies Bridport, a lively market town that was once a hub for the rope making industry. Today, this is still in evidence with specialist rope and fishing shops lining the streets, as well as a number of historical buildings dating back to the 18th century. Serving as an ideal gateway for exploring the fossil-laden Jurassic Coast (a World Heritage Site), Bridport is also home to West Bay (where Broadchurch was filmed) and a number of arts and crafts shops.
Slightly further west of Bridport (one hour by car from Silverlake), you’ll find another, smaller coastal town. Nicknamed the ‘pearl of Dorset’, Lyme Regis has long been a popular holiday destination in itself. Postcard pretty, it boasts breathtaking scenery including an historic Cobb and quaint harbour – both iconic features set against a backdrop of cliffs – and plenty of top-notch restaurants and cafés. Chosen for the location of a number of films including Jane Austen’s Persuasion and The French Lieutenant’s Woman, the town has an undeniably special feel to it.