Dorset is a county in
South West England on the English Channel coast. The ceremonial
county comprises the non-metropolitan county, which is governed by
Dorset County Council, and the unitary authorities of Poole and
Bournemouth. Covering an area of 2,653 square kilometres (1,024 sq
mi), Dorset borders Devon to the west, Somerset to the north-west,
Wiltshire to the north-east, and Hampshire to the east.