Dorset is not a part of the UK I am particularly familiar with however, I recently made a trip down to stay with a friend and her parents. I had not until this visit fully appreciated how much of a healthy foodie haven Dorset was and quite how beautiful the countryside was either. The range of food on offer in Sherborne was exemplary, much of it available from independent butchers, cheesemongers, bakers, greengrocers etc. Most of the offerings were also locally sourced, seasonal foods.
From having lunch in The Bakery Cafe at the top o'town (the picture at the top of this post is the savoury danish I devoured) to barbecueing fresh sea bass from the farmers market to what was simply the best Cheddar I have ever tasted in my life, Sherborne had it all.
If the food isn't enough to tempt you there for a weekend just look at these pictures of the Abbey and Sherborne Boys School. Picturesque doesn't even begin to cover it.
|Sherborne Boys School|
For ramblers there is a fantastic range of country walks including one past this slightly precarious landmark which is reputed to be a picture of Oliver Cromwell...
If you are more of a watersports buff then Sherborne is located just behind the Jurassic Coast which hosted the Olympic Sailing for London 2012 and there is ample opportunity for Sailing, Kayaking etc.