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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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    The Chatsworth Centre


    Field Studies Centre


    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...

  2. Add Dorset Day Trips to your Itinerary

    Dorset Day Trips


    Bus/Coach Tour


    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...

  3. Add Cranborne Walk to your Itinerary

    Cranborne Walk


    Walking Route


    Overlooking the ridges of Cranborne Chase this circular 5 mile walk is great whether in the warmth of summer when the poppies are out or in mid-winter with snow on the ground. The walk starts at Cranborne Garden Centre and heads through the pretty village out past Cranborne House. The terrain is...

  4. Add Jurassic Electric - Bike Adventures to your Itinerary

    Jurassic Electric - Bike Adventures


    Cycling Tour

    We have come up with an ingenious idea to make exploring the stunning coast and countryside of West Dorset a whole lot more fun..... electric bike tours.

    Our bikes make cycling an absolute breeze and tours, which run all year, have been carefully designed to showcase the area’s spectacular...

  5. Add Christchurch Coastal Path to your Itinerary

    Christchurch Coastal Path


    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...

  6. Add Jurassic Trails Cycle Hire to your Itinerary

    Jurassic Trails Cycle Hire




    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,...

  7. Add UK Llamas to your Itinerary

    UK Llamas


    Family Activities


    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...

  8. Add Appetite for Adventure to your Itinerary

    Appetite for Adventure


    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:
    •Sea Kayaking
    •Charity Cycle...

  9. Add Donkey Walking in Dorset to your Itinerary

    Donkey Walking in Dorset


    Walking Tour


    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


    Walking Tour


    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...