THESE spectacular pictures capture the beauty of Dorset from above.

They were taken by Gary Ellson of Bliss Aviation last weekend.

Swimmers in the sea at Swanage, the islands of Poole Harbour, Durdle Door and Sandbanks Peninsula.

A group of walkers were also spotted making their way along a path in Purbeck.

Christchurch Priory, Quay and splash park can also be seen in the photos.

Last weekend thousands of sun worshippers flocked to Bournemouth beach to make the most of the hot weather.

The remains of Boscombe’s failed surf reef can also be seen off the pier.

Bliss Aviation offers pleasure helicopter flights from Bournemouth Airport.

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