This is a great time of year to explore Dorset on foot
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Do you want to escape the hurly burly of modern life, feel the sun on your face and the wind in your hair?
Walks in Dorset give you the chance to let loose and explore blowy clifftops, peaceful country lanes, rolling hills and woodland trails.
Dorset walks are internationally renowned whilst its coast and countryside boasts over 4, 700 well-signed and waymarked footpaths, bridleways and byways to explore.
Each turning leads to a new adventure…
Unplug from the daily rush
Dorset walks offer an exceptional mix of awe inspiring coastline, ancient wooded valleys, rolling chalk downlands and secluded river valleys makes for a true rambler’s paradise and there are walks of all lengths for all abilities.
Tread in the footsteps of smugglers along one of the world’s most famous rambles, the South West Coast Path, and enjoy the views as you imaging the thrilling tale of smuggling and dastardly deeds made famous by the J. Meade Faulkner novel, Moonfleet.
For families, the Rodwell Trail is a lovely level walking route teeming with wildlife following the track bed of the old Weymouth to Portland Railway.
The Sika Trail is a popular 2 mile circular walk through Wareham Forest.
If you’re a seasoned walker and crave the challenge of a long distance hike, we have plenty of trails to satisfy your urge.
The Dorset section of the Wessex Ridgeway runs from Ashmore in the North past ancient hill forts and the Cerne Abbas Giant on its winding way to the coast at Lyme Regis and the Stour Valley Way follows the magnificent River Stour on its journey to Christchurch Harbour.
Guided Walks in Dorset
There are many opportunities to join guided Dorset walks and tours are available on a wide variety of themes.
Take a guided ghost tour and learn the dark secrets of Dorset’s towns as you tiptoe down narrow streets and alleyways.
Find out if there’s a scheduled walk near you by contacting one of our Tourist Information Centres.
Explore somewhere new with a fun quiz element. Dorset Treasure Trails offer easy to follow routes with clues to crack as you take in the fascinating sights along the way.
Or, get acquainted with a friendly llama or donkey and take them along with you as you wander coast and countryside. They will even carry your picnic.
Walker friendly accommodation
Now that we’ve convinced you that Dorset is one of the finest counties in England for walking and walking themed holidays, we should suggest to you to some places to stay.
Accommodation in Dorset is plentiful and varied. Click below to browse for your ideal place to stay:
Dorset also provides plenty of accommodation that is part of the Walkers Welcome Scheme.
These properties offer walkers all the facilities you may require after a long walk in Dorset.
It's not all about walking
Now that you have seen how good Dorset really is for walkers and the range of walker-friendly accommodation to choose from, we thought it would be a good idea to tell you a little more about what Dorset has to offer!
Last but not least, on your walking travels, why not drop by to the famous filming location of ITV's smash-hit crime series 'Broadchurch' and see for yourself why its amazing landscape and views helped make the show what it is.