|EXPLORE THE DORSET COAST|
The above picture was taken on one of my many rides along the Dorset coast.
The title on the visitor information board above suggests 'Explore the Dorset Coast' and I can certainly recommend it.
Dorset has often been described as amongst the most 'English' of England's Counties. It was a part of the Kingdom of Wessex before the emergence of the English state in the ninth century.
The County town of Dorset is Dorchester which was founded by the Romans about AD70 and the town still retains some elements of it's Roman past.
Although about three quarters of Dorset remains in agricultural use, farming is no longer the single greatest employer in the county owing to the advance of modern technology.
A survey taken in 2006 counted about 710,000 inhabitants. About a third of these resided in the major towns of Bournemouth and Poole.
Dorset is bordered by Devon to the west...Somerset to the north west....Wiltshire to the north east and Hampshire to the east. Along the southern edge of the county runs the wonderful Jurassic Coast....a World Heritage site.
If you ever decide that you would like to take the information board's advice and explore the Dorset coast, then I would suggest that exploring the county by bike is the very best way.
Dorset is one of the few select counties that does not have any motorway running through it and as such is perfectly suited to a touring holiday by bike.
Just be prepared for a hilly ride..!!