Experience the great outdoors with some fantastic walks in Dorset
What better way to explore your surroundings than on foot? Discover the best walking opportunities in Dorset with our useful walking guide. Find the most picturesque routes and enjoy the best of the scenery Dorset has to offer.
Dorset is home to England’s first natural UNESCO World Heritage Site, the renowned geological treasure known as the Jurassic Coast, as well as being the inspiration behind Thomas Hardy’s semi-fictionalised Wessex. There are plenty of walks in Dorset that take in the beauty of the county, as well as historical sites both inland and along the coast.
Explore the Vale of Marshwood, visiting Iron Age hill forts such as Lambert’s and Coney’s Castles, or take in part of the South West Coast Path at the historic resort of Lyme Regis. There are plenty of coastal walks to enjoy in Dorset, especially along the awe-inspiring Jurassic Coast.
If you are looking for a dog walk in Dorset, there are plenty of trails that are pleasurable for both owners and pets alike. Take a walk to the Southern end of Studland Bay to see the chalk formations, nicknamed Old Harry Rocks, with far-reaching views across the water to the Isle of Wight, or wander through the rolling hills of the Melbury Downs, the setting for Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles and other novels of the Blackmore Vale. There are many trails for all the family, including those with four legs.
Vale of Marshwood image by: Bob&Anne Powell