Autumn Holidays in Dorset
If you’re looking to book a holiday after the peak summer season then Dorset’s coastline is a fantastic area to head to. Here we take a look at 5 reasons why autumn holidays in Dorset are hard to beat…
1. Avoid the crowds
There’s no denying that it can sometimes get busy in Dorset during July and August – it has been a summer holiday hot spot for many years. After August though, there is a noticeable change in the number of visitors in the area. The beaches become less crowded and travel times are reduced. Best of all, the local attractions, pubs and restaurants are all open and ready to welcome guests. This means that queues are shorter and getting a table in your favourite eatery is even easier during autumn holidays.
2. Money saving holidays
Everyone likes a bargain and we think our autumn holidays in Dorset offer fantastic value for money. Book a holiday with us in September, October and into November and you can enjoy significant savings compared with visiting during the peak summer months. If you want to come on a touring, motorhome or camping holiday with us then our mid season rates start from 1st September.
3. A walkers paradise
Autumn is a great time to go out walking near our parks. With endless miles of countryside, coastal paths and woodland, there’s no better season to get out and start your outward bound adventures in Dorset.
A walk in the woods once the leaves start to fall is one of life’s little pleasures – and kids just love playing around all the trees and making dens. Dorset has a good number of ancient woodlands to explore. Thorncombe Woods is a great spot to head to near Dorchester. It is also home to Thomas Hardy’s picturesque thatched cottage. Close to a number of our parks is Marshwood Vale. It is a stunning area of countryside in West Dorset, strewn with small villages, rural lanes and ancient woodlands. Larger managed forests in the area include Wareham and Puddletown Forests. Both are excellent for off road bike riding.
All our parks are located close to the world famous Dorset coastline. Head out to onto The Jurassic Coast and walk along the South West Coast Path. Here you can experience highlights including Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove, Golden Cap and Portland Bill.
4. Indian summer weather
Dorset is blessed with some of the warmest weather conditions in the whole country and this trend tends to continue into the autumn months. It is not uncommon for temperatures to stay above 20 degrees during the day in September. Prepare yourself for some super sunsets, warm seawater temperatures and lots more lovely BBQs.
5. Fossils galore
Our local beaches are home to some of the best fossil hunting locations. The best time to do this activity is after a big storm has crashed waves into the cliffs and exposed a new layer of rocks and coastline to explore. Time your autumn holidays in Dorset right and you could be here to make the next big discovery.
Hunt for ammonites and belemnites which are plentiful along the beaches around Charmouth and Lyme Regis. Or set your sights high and go in search of a giant marine reptile fossil like a plesiosaurus or ichthyosaur!