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?
Walking in Dorset gives you the chance to let loose and explore blowy clifftops, peaceful country lanes, rolling hills and woodland trails.
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.
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:
- B&Bs and Guest Accommodation
- Self Catering
- Pubs and Inns
- Caravan and Camping Parks
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.