From countryside to coastal hotels, Dorset is known for its Jurassic Coast, a long stretch on the English Channel where the cliffs contain many fossils, and rock formations show millions of years of geological history. Exceptionally beautiful no matter what the time of year, it is a place for long walks with the dogs as well as surfing with the kids, spa escapes and romantic getaways. Amongst its natural assets there are two prominent and famous landmarks to take in on your visit. Durdle Door is an ancient stone arch, while the layered cliffs nearby are called Lulworth Cove. The towns of Poole, Weymouth and Swanage are popular for their sandy beaches, and the region's country house hotels make for the perfect retreat after a day of exploration and discovery.