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This is a great time of year to explore Dorset on foot

This is a great time of year to explore Dorset on foot

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Dorset Walks

Dorset Walks

Do you want to escape the hurly burly of modern life, feel the sun on your face and the wind in your hair?

Walking in Dorset gives you the chance to let loose and explore blowy clifftops, peaceful country lanes, rolling hills and woodland trails.

Dorset’s internationally renowned coast and countryside boasts over 4, 700 well-signed and waymarked footpaths, bridleways and byways to explore.

These paths meander and intertwine across Dorset, linking photogenic villages, cosy pubs, lush meadows and rocky coves. Each turning leads to a new adventure…

Unplug from the daily rush

Dorset’s 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 walks in Dorset 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, 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.

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  1. Add Dorset Day Trips to your Itinerary

    Dorset Day Trips

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    Bus/Coach Tour

    Poole

    Dorset Day Trips offer an exciting range of guided sightseeing day tours around Dorset and the New Forest, all from the comfort of our fantastic ‘70’s-style VW camper! With pick-ups in Poole or Bournemouth, you’ll be given a warm welcome on board and a complementary goodie bag.

    The VW...

  2. Add Dorset Ramblers to your Itinerary

    Dorset Ramblers

    Type

    Walking

    www.dorset-ramblers.org.uk is a Dorset Ramblers Area site with information about the Ramblers Groups in Dorset, how to find Ramblers led walks to try, other walking opportunities, ROWs (Rights of Way) and other topics of interest to walkers.
    Catchment Area based Ramblers Groups
    Four of the Dorset...

  3. Add Purbeck Walks - Northport Greenway and Sika Trail to your Itinerary

    Purbeck Walks - Northport Greenway and Sika Trail

    Type

    Walking Route

    Wareham

    The Northport Greenway is a 1.5 mile route from Wareham Quay, through Wareham, past the railway station and onto Wareham Forest.

    The Greenway then links with the Sika Trail - a circular route of 3.25 miles - shorter routes can be taken. Walk through heath and forest and perhaps see some wildlife...

  4. Add West Dorset Walks - Dorchester to Weymouth Trail to your Itinerary

    West Dorset Walks - Dorchester to Weymouth Trail

    Type

    Walking Route

    Dorchester

    Wide and sweeping coastal views are combined with quiet valleys on this splendid walk. After passing Max Gate, the home of Thomas Hardy, the route then takes you through woods and close to Winterborne Came Church, the resting place of the Dorset poet William Barnes. The walk then continues through...

  5. Add Guided Fossil Walks - Lyme Regis Museum to your Itinerary

    Guided Fossil Walks - Lyme Regis Museum

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    Outdoor Activity/Pursuit Centre

    LYME REGIS

    Get Fossilling on the Jurassic Coast! Join one of Lyme Regis Museum’s famous fossil walks along this historic stretch of Dorset coast with Geologist Paddy Howe and Marine Biologist Chris Andrew. Some families return time and again to search with Paddy and Chris among the sand and rocks for fossils...

  6. Add Purbeck Walks - Quarrymans' Ways to your Itinerary

    Purbeck Walks - Quarrymans' Ways

    Type

    Walking Route

    Acton, Nr SWANAGE

    A circular trail starting in Acton provides a unique chance to see old quarries and imagine what Purbeck must have been like 100 years ago.

    This route follows quite lanes and crosses open fields. There are a number of stiles and gates along the route.

    It will take approximately 1 hour to...

  7. Add Purbeck Walks - Wareham Forest Way to your Itinerary

    Purbeck Walks - Wareham Forest Way

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    Walking Route

    Wareham

    A signposted 13 mile walk through some of the less well known landscapes in the north Purbeck area.

    Starting from Wareham Quay, travel up through the Forest to Morden and continue on through farmland and country estates to Sturminster Marshall.

    Why not stop half-way for lunch in the village...

  8. Add Mary Anning Walks - Lyme Regis Museum to your Itinerary

    Mary Anning Walks - Lyme Regis Museum

    Type

    Guided Tour

    Lyme Regis

    See the landmarks of Lyme Regis's most famous fossil-hunter in small groups with local expert Natalie Manifold.

    Join Professional guide Natalie Manifold for a walk around Mary Anning's Lyme Regis. Learn about the life of 'the greatest fossil hunter ever known'. Explore the town as Mary knew it,...

  9. Add Christchurch Coastal Path to your Itinerary

    Christchurch Coastal Path

    Type

    Walking Route

    Highcliffe, CHRISTCHURCH

    The Christchurch Coastal Path extends from Highcliffe cliff top via Steamer Point Nature Reserve to Mudeford Quay where you can catch a ferry to Mudeford Sandbank and walk to Hengistbury Head. This is a beautiful walk with stunning coastal views over the Bay of Christchurch. The walk is approx. 2.5...

  10. Add Weymouth Walk - Church Ope- Portland Bill- Tout Quarry to your Itinerary

    Weymouth Walk - Church Ope- Portland Bill- Tout Quarry

    Type

    Walking

    Portland

    Catch the Portland Bill 501 bus (Summer only) or the X10 bus (Mon-Fri) from the Kings statue or the Number 1 service from behind Debenhams. Please check www.traveline.org.uk for more details.

    The bus will drop you just outside The Heights Hotel. From here, walk past the water storage tower and...