Welcome to Dorset Allsorts

We'll be posting a variety of facts and photos of whatever takes our fancy as we wander around Dorset. They may be of churches, buildings, visitor attractions or natural scenes – in fact there will be all sorts! We hope they will give you a glimpse of some of the sights this beautiful county has to offer.

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Scratchy Bottom

The wonderfully named Scratchy Bottom is a cliff-top valley in the Purbecks and was used for some of the scenes in the 1967 film Far from the Madding Crowd.  We walked through the valley on our way to Durdle Door and just couldn't resist taking a photo of this milestone as it really made us chuckle (childish as we are!)  We've been pondering ever since how it may have got its name.....


  1. Can't believeyou have no comments.
    Fantastic photos of beautiful buildings :o)

  2. Thanks for your kind comment Rose; glad you enjoyed sharing our photos. Sorry we haven't replied to your comment earlier, but we've been away for a couple of weeks. We hope you'll continue to follow our blog as we add to it over the coming months. Nick & Karen.

  3. I've heard of Pratt's Bottom, which is local to us and makes us laugh, but Scratchy Bottom is even better!

  4. Thanks for your comment fairyhedgehog. Hope you visit Dorset Allsorts again. N & K.

  5. "Bottom" is an old geographic name for a valley, particularly the lowest point of the valley. There are several around England and 2 others I know of in Dorset - Canford Bottom (now a massive road junction) and Happy Bottom in Corfe Mullen see image at: http://www.pbase.com/gareth_m_jones/image/153238845