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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

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.

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 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!

If you head on over to our things to do, whats on, places to visit and food and drink pages, you will be able to find out more information on the following:

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.

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  1. Add Jurassic Coast Walking to your Itinerary

    Jurassic Coast Walking

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    Walking Tour

    Kingston

    We offer guided and self guided walking holidays on the magical Isle of Purbeck.

    Walks can be tailored to suit all ages and abilities and guided walks are led by a local author and photographer who has published a number of books on the Jurassic Coast and is well acquainted with local history...

  2. Add Treasure Trails Dorset to your Itinerary

    Treasure Trails Dorset

    Type

    Walking Route

    Weymouth

    Explore Weymouth seafront with a self-guided Treasure Hunt themed walking Treasure Trail; a fun and imaginative way to explore Weymouth with the kids.
    As you follow the Trail route, can you solve the clues set on existing buildings, statues and monuments to discover the location of the missing...

  3. Add West Dorset Walks - Cerne Valley Walk to your Itinerary

    West Dorset Walks - Cerne Valley Walk

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    Walking Route

    Dorchester

    The Cerne Valley trail is a circular route of 26 miles. The rich and varied habitat sees the eastern arm running parallel to the river whilst the western route follows chalk hills that frame the valley.

  4. Add Great Wessex Way to your Itinerary

    Great Wessex Way

    Type

    Walking Route

    An exploration of the unspoilt and spectacular Wessex countryside that passes through two Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Cranborne Chase and Dorset.

    Between them they cover almost all of this walk. Highlights include the starting point of the cathedral city of Salisbury, the rolling chalk...

  5. Add Allnatt Outdoors to your Itinerary

    Allnatt Outdoors

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    Field Studies Centre

    SWANAGE

    With the Jurassic Coast on our doorstep, we specialise in the seaside, the beach, and coastal processes for schools, colleges and universities. We provide a wide range of quality outdoor learning experiences and adventurous activities in Swanage and Purbeck. Joseph Allnatt Centres Ltd – Teaching...

  6. Add Appetite for Adventure to your Itinerary

    Appetite for Adventure

    Type

    Outdoor Activity/Pursuit Centre

    Get out there and try something new!

    We run a range of exhilarating activities throughout the U.K. and overseas. Days can be tailored for anything, be it groups of friends, stag/hen events, families or corporate.

    Activities include:
    •Climbing
    •Abseiling
    •Sea Kayaking
    •Charity Cycle...

  7. Add Land and Wave to your Itinerary

    Land and Wave

    Type

    Adventure Sport Centre

    SWANAGE

    Land & Wave offers: Climbing, Coasteering, Sea Kayaking, Bushcraft, Raft Building, Stand Up Paddle Boarding & more in Swanage and The Purbecks. They are renowned for their excellent instructors, top notch kit and passion for the Great Outdoors. School groups, corporate bookings, stag & hens and...

  8. 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...

  9. Add Donkey Walking in Dorset to your Itinerary

    Donkey Walking in Dorset

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    Walking Tour

    Beaminster

    Relax and enjoy an unforgettable half day spent leading an affectionate donkey while exploring the Brit Valley and TV River Cottage Site. Picnic or pub lunch en route.

  10. Add Jurassic Jaunts  to your Itinerary

    Jurassic Jaunts

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    Walking Tour

    CORFE CASTLE

    Tours, walks, talks and holiday planning services – the ONLY Total Jurassic Experience specialists.

    Free information, advice plus activity planning and booking services to help you prepare for and enjoy your holiday.

    The whole range of services to make your Jurassic Coast experience one to...