The county of Dorset sits on an area of outstanding natural beauty, making us spoiled for choice with brilliant spots for that perfect instagram shot.
Of course, different spots are better during different season’s, so here are a list of some of our favourites in the east of the county.
Mudeford Spit is home to some of the most expensive beach huts in the UK and is accessible by foot from Hengistbury Head, or via Mudeford Quay via a small ferry link.
It is also home to the Beach House Cafe which offers fine dining with fabulous views over Mudeford Harbour towards Christchurch.
Just over the harbour is the beautiful town of Christchurch. There are many instagram worth spots here, including Christchurch Quay, the castle ruins and the ducking stool.
Our favourite is the garden archway in the priory gardens.
Bournemouth is famous for its 7 miles of golden, sandy beaches and its pier – the best spot to photograph them is from the Bournemouth Eye big wheel.
If you don’t have a head for heights, the beach is packed full of colourful beach huts, a great background for that perfect shot.
Poole harbour is the second largest natural harbour in the world and the gateway to the south west coast path and Purbeck Hills.
Take the Sandbanks ferry over to beautiful Studland Bay and onto the Purbeck Hills, where you will find the ruins of Corfe Castle, one of Britain’s most iconic and evocative survivors of the English Civil War,
The Jurassic coast is a World Heritage site famous for is dramatic coastline, rocks and fossils and stretches 96 miles from Old Harry Rocks, Dorset to Exmouth in East Devon.
One of our favourite walks is from Middle Beach (Studland) out to Old Harry Rocks, or for a different perspective, you could visit on a kayak.
With 96 miles of coastline to explore, all offer beautiful sea views and picturesque walks, but there are some stand-out coves and bays, perfect for photography.
Dancing Ledge offers the chance to spot some dinosaur footprints as well as the famous ledge where waves wash over the horizontal surface, which cause the water to bob about making the ledge appear to dance. A little farther to the west is Winspit, where you can explore the old, disused quarries and the caves.
On the southern most tip of the Purbeck Hills is St Aldhelm’s Head, complete with its own chapel, with its corners facing the four compass points.
Wimborne Minster town offers an enticing blend of charming independent boutiques, specialist shops, high street stores and some fabulous festivals, including folk fest and its food festival.
It is also home to Kingston Lacy, an elegant country mansion set in attractive formal gardens and extensive parkland, known for its snowdrops which appear around February-March.
Also on the estate is Bluebell Woods at Pamphill, the perfect spot for taking the ultimate photograph of these beautiful flowers which appear mid-April.
Slightly farther along the road towards Blandford is Badbury Rings, an old iron age hill fort.
In May / June, the carpark here is full of people who are visiting the poppy fields which sit adjacent to the site.
I recommend visiting in the morning, when the flowers are at their best.