Real Dorset


Dorset is famous for its spectacular coastline, for its historic towns, for its eco-foodie reputation, for Hardy and Fowles. But there’s much more behind the tourist-friendly faade – subversion, rebellion and revolt, wealth and poverty, ghost stories and rich folklore. Dorset is home to the largest, but now lost, Neolithic earthwork in Britain. Its history can surprise – from the murky origins of the Cerne Abbas Giant to the black American GIs stationed here in wartime, to the revived pagan ritual of the Filly Loo. Woolcott criss-crosses the county, making connections, uncovering the hidden and the forgotten. The largest (and lost) Neolithic earthwork in Britain contrasts with Victorian pleasure gardens and nightlife in Bournemouth.

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