Part of the Roman town house near County Hall, showing the underfloor heating system
The top of the downs from above Cerne Abbas, looking south east towards the River Piddle valley
Judge Jeffreys' lodging house, now a restaurant, in High West Street
Map of Dorset, including the Dorset Downs, showing the geology
Shire Hall in High West Street, where the trial of the Tolpuddle martyrs took place
A 1937 map of Dorchester
The River Frome on the edge of the town
Statue of Thomas Hardy beside The Grove, north of High West Street
Dorset County Museum
Church of St Peter
Dorchester Library and Learning Centre
Dorchester South railway station

A historic market town, Dorchester is on the banks of the River Frome to the south of the Dorset Downs and north of the South Dorset Ridgeway that separates the area from Weymouth, 7 mi to the south.

- Dorchester, Dorset

From the northern scarp face, the hills dip gently southwards before the chalk disappears beneath the Bagshot Beds which form the heathlands of the county, between Dorchester and Wareham.

- Dorset Downs
Part of the Roman town house near County Hall, showing the underfloor heating system

3 related topics

Alpha

Corfe Castle, captured and destroyed by Cromwell's army in 1646

Dorset

County in South West England on the English Channel coast.

County in South West England on the English Channel coast.

Corfe Castle, captured and destroyed by Cromwell's army in 1646
Geological map of Dorset
Durdle Door, a natural arch near Lulworth Cove
The beach near Bournemouth Pier. Dorset's coastline is a major attraction for tourists.
The Keep Military Museum in Dorchester
Traction engines on display at the Great Dorset Steam Fair
Thomas Hardy
Sherborne Abbey

The county town is Dorchester, in the south.

These limestone areas include a wide band of Cretaceous chalk which crosses the county as a range of hills from north-east to south-west, incorporating Cranborne Chase and the Dorset Downs, and a narrow band running from south-west to south-east, incorporating the Purbeck Hills.

River Frome, Dorset

River in Dorset in the south of England.

River in Dorset in the south of England.

The Frome estuary at Wareham

The river rises in the Dorset Downs at Evershot, passes through Maiden Newton, Dorchester, West Stafford and Woodsford.

The ruins of the 16th-century Sandsfoot Castle

Weymouth, Dorset

Seaside town in Dorset, on the English Channel coast of England.

Seaside town in Dorset, on the English Channel coast of England.

The ruins of the 16th-century Sandsfoot Castle
George III bathing at Weymouth by John Colley Nixon, 1789
The White Horse at Osmington shows<Br>King George III on a horse
US soldiers marched through Weymouth to board landing ships for the 1944 invasion of France.
Weymouth Guildhall
Weymouth's esplanade displays Georgian architecture and Queen Victoria's Jubilee Clock.
Climatic ergograph for Weymouth. Sea temperatures (light blue line) remain mild in winter and warm slowly in spring, helping to produce a seasonal lag of 1–2 months.
Brewers Quay museum and shopping centre on the harbourside
Nothe Fort is one of the museums in the town.
St John's Church, Weymouth is a Victorian era Grade II* listed building.
The Weymouth Harbour Tramway or Quay Branch
Weymouth College of further education in Melcombe Regis
The beach volleyball classic is held on Weymouth beach every July.
Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy
Locations in Wessex, from The Wessex of Thomas Hardy by Bertram Windle, 1902, based on correspondence with Hardy.

Situated on a sheltered bay at the mouth of the River Wey, 11 km south of the county town of Dorchester, Weymouth had a population of 53,068 as of 2018.

The South West Coast Path has two routes around Weymouth and Portland—one around its coast, and one along the South Dorset Downs, which reduces the path's length by 31.0 km. The steep ridge of chalk, locally known as The Ridgeway, separates Dorchester and Weymouth.