The county of Dorset:

  • 2653 square kilometres in area

  • 50% of the County is in the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

  • coastline, virtually all of which is defined as Heritage Coast#

  • 143 Sites of Scientific Interest

  • 9 National Nature Reserves

  • 861 Scheduled Ancient Monuments

  • 224 Conservation Areas

  • 50% of the population of the county is in the Bournemouth/Poole conurbation

  • 3,000 miles of rights of way made up of approximately 4700 footpaths, 1700 bridleways and 37 byways open to all traffic.