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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 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 Jurassic Jaunts  to your Itinerary

    Jurassic Jaunts

    Type

    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...

  3. 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...

  4. Add Jurassic Trails Cycle Hire to your Itinerary

    Jurassic Trails Cycle Hire

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    Cycle

    Weymouth

    We provide top quality bike hire in Weymouth on the newly formed family friendly 'Jurassic Cycle Trails' which run from from Overcombe Corner, Preston to Osprey Quay on Portland via the new improved cycleways around Weymouth & Portland.
    There is a choice of 3 trails; Lodmoor Trail – 6 miles,...

  5. Add Weymouth Walk - Sutton Poyntz - Osmington - Bowleaze - Weymouth to your Itinerary

    Weymouth Walk - Sutton Poyntz - Osmington - Bowleaze - Weymouth

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    Walking

    Weymouth

    Catch the 4B bus at the Kings Statue to Sutton Poyntz (Approx. every hour, please check www.traveline.org.uk for full details). The journey takes approximately 15 minutes.

    The walk starts by the duck pond in the village. Continue along Sutton road, with the Springhead Pub on your right, the...

  6. Add The Dorset Jubilee Trail to your Itinerary

    The Dorset Jubilee Trail

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    Walking Route

    Dorchester

    A 90 mile walk across Dorset from Forde Abbey on the Somerset border to Bokerley Dyke on the Hampshire border. The trail winds through quiet villages, passing rural churches and offers extensive views of the rolling downs and secret valleys which make Dorset so special … discover Dorset along the...

  7. Add Health Walks (Bridport) to your Itinerary

    Health Walks (Bridport)

    Type

    Walking

    Bridport

    Level walks of about 30 minutes, led by trained health walk leaders.

  8. Add South West Coast Path to your Itinerary

    South West Coast Path

    Type

    Walking Route

    The Dorset Coast Path forms part of the 630 mile South West Coast Path National Trail. Wherever you choose to visit along the Dorset coast, you can stroll along the frontier between land and sea courtesy of the Coast Path, where dramatic landscapes and seascapes are revealed with every twist and...

  9. Add Rodwell Trail   to your Itinerary

    Rodwell Trail

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    Walking Route

    Weymouth

    From Weymouth to Portland, the Legacy Trail follows a disused passenger railway line, now a wonderfully, accessible wildlife corridor. The Rodwell Trail from Weymouth to Ferrybridge is a fully surfaced route suitable for scooters, bicycles and mobility scooters. It takes you past old station...

  10. Add UK Llamas to your Itinerary

    UK Llamas

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    Family Activities

    BEAMINSTER

    Walking with Llamas is a unique and very relaxing experience. These hardy, extremely agile and elegant animals are gentle, easy to handle and great fun to be with. Discover Dorset with a difference!

    Our guided day treks are tailored to suit your individual requirements and pace. For those who...