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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 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,...

  4. 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...

  5. Add Treasure Trails Dorset to your Itinerary

    Treasure Trails Dorset

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    Walking Route

    Dorchester

    Dorset Trails are full of interesting little snippets of fact as well as some wonderful hidden places you would just never see. Have fun exploring as you solve the clues in one of Dorset’s Murder Mystery, Treasure Hunt or Spy Trails.

  6. Add South Dorset Ridgeway to your Itinerary

    South Dorset Ridgeway

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    Walking Route

    Part of the South West Coast Path National Trail, the South Dorset Ridgeway passes through the ceremonial landscape of the South Dorset. You will be following in the footsteps of the people who lived here over 5,000 years ago. With the exception of one or two short sections the route affords superb...

  7. 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...

  8. Add Frome Valley Trail to your Itinerary

    Frome Valley Trail

    Type

    Walking Tour

    Starting at Evershot, the second highest village in Dorset the route meanders close to the River Frome towards Poole Harbour. The route passes through Chilfrome, Maiden Newton, Bradford Peverell, Charminster and Dorchester. Along the way a wealth of wildlife found in and beside the river can be...

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

    Weymouth Walk - Church Ope- Portland Bill- Tout Quarry

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    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...

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

    Mary Anning Walks - Lyme Regis Museum

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    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,...