Discover Dorset’s Myths and Legends


Tour the many landmarks, dotted along Dorset’s beautiful coast and countryside, and uncover their fascinating tales.

Explore Dorset this springtime and uncover fascinating tales amidst magnificent coast and countryside.  Climb the hill above Abbotsbury village to the medieval St Catherine’s Chapel where young women would once go to pray for a husband.  Today, you can simply admire the breath-taking views over Chesil Beach towards Portland Bill.  

Visit the pretty village of Cerne Abbas and marvel at the huge chalk giant carved into the hillside, said to be a symbol of fertility. Roam around romantic castle ruins in Sherborne, a favourite of Sir Walter Raleigh, or get spooked at Athelhampton house – widely considered as one of the most haunted houses in England! For something even spookier, uncover the unique village of Tyneham, evacuated in 1943 and still deserted today.  

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