This Sunday, Countryfile visits Dorset

The Countryfile team visits Dorset this Sunday. Here's our guide to the area

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This Sunday (15 September), the Countryfile team visits the Great Dorset Steam Fair, the biggest such gathering in the UK. Matt Baker meets the enthusiasts keeping the boilers stoked and wheels oiled, while Ellie Harrison spends time with a Romany gypsy family keeping a traditional lifestyle alive. Elsewhere, Julia Bradbury looks at the efforts being made to help small animals to cross a busy road in Kent, while Jules Hudson visits Wales’ Elan Valley to find out about the part played by its reservoirs in the Dambusters raids, and Adam Henson talks about the problem of sheep worrying from dogs off the leash.


Why not explore the Dorset yourself using our walks, features and days out?

Weekend guide to… Bridport
Head to this bustling Dorset town to explore its superb markets and the stunning Jurassic Coast beyond

Discover smugglers’ Dorset
Explore hidden coves, epic cliffs and deserted beaches as you follow in the footsteps of the ne’er-do-wells of the Dorset coast

Five days to the weekend: Burton Bradstock
Natasha Hayes reveals why Burton Bradstock is the perfect seaside getaway

Durdle Door
This spectacular limestone arch is even more beautiful in the stark light of winter

Maiden Castle
Explore Britain’s largest Iron Age fort; a magnificent monument where skylark song fills the skies

Julia Bradbury heads to Dorset for a bracing walk along the seafront of one of our most handsome seaside towns

Arne RSPB Reserve
There’s more to Poole Harbour than yachts, windsurfers and expensive seaside homes. Its wilder fringes are mysterious heathlands full of unusual creatures

Dancing Ledge
Explore the stunning Isle of Purbeck, the setting for the BBC’s recent adaptation ofTess of the D’Urbervilles

Weymouth to Portland
Julia visits a historica seaside resort and strides along the Jurassic coast

Beach riding
Let the salty spray and whistling wind invigorate your senses on a winter beach ride in Dorset