One of the most influential authors in the UK was that of Thomas Hardy. He put so much of the counties of Wessex in print that the area usually has his name proceeding it! To see what he was writing about taking a walk along the Dorset coast is one of the best things that you can do. With the Sea of the English Channel to your left you’re sure to be extremely rewarded.
You’ll need a decent set of Walking Maps from https://www.themapshop.co.uk/Explorer_Walking_Maps.htm before you set out. You’ll also need the essentials for the walk. A decent day or rucksack, waterproof trousers and jacket, plenty of liquid refreshment and a pair of stout walking shoes or boots. The best place to start is the wonderful town of Weymouth and Portland Bill. Face the west and off you go.
Along the way you will encounter the spectacular sight of Chesil beach, the Charmouth and Lyme Regis coastline that has yielded so many fossils it’s called the Jurassic Coast following the work of Mary Anning. Lyme Regis itself with its famous Cobb and old town. This was the landing place for the Duke of Monmouth and his foolhardy attempt to take the throne. Walk Eastwards from Weymouth and you come to the quiet coves of Lulworth, Kimmeridge and Durdle Door. Along from there is the once great fortress of Corfe all but destroyed by Cromwell. Around the bend you see Swanage and then golden Studland bay and Old Harry Rocks. A great walk indeed.