Dorset is a county in South West England on the English Channel coast. The county town is Dorchester, situated in the south of the county. Dorset borders Devon to the west, Somerset to the north-west, Wiltshire to the north-east, and Hampshire to the east. Around half of Dorset's population lives in the South East Dorset conurbation. The rest of the county is largely rural with a low population density.
Dorset is famous for the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, which features landforms such as Lulworth Cove, the Isle of Portland, Chesil Beach and Durdle Door, as well as the holiday resorts of Bournemouth, Poole, Weymouth, Swanage, and Lyme Regis.
- Poole, part of the ceremonial county
- "Valuable Research Explores the Growth of Transition in Dorset", 10 May 2010 transitionculture.org
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The county has the highest proportion of conservation areas in England— including an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (44% of the whole county), a World Heritage Site (114 km/71 mi), two Heritage Coasts (92 km/57 mi) and Sites of Special Scientific interest (199.45 km²/49,285 acres).
The South West Coast Path, a National Trail, runs along the Dorset coast from the Devon boundary to South Haven Point near Poole.
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