Dorset is a wonderful place to explore, featuring different landscapes to suit all tastes. Whether you love a stroll along the coast or enjoy a countryside ramble, Dorset has the pick of the trails for you. Walking in Dorset is a great activity to enjoy during your cottage break, particularly at this time of year and with so many different options available, it's a fantastic way to explore the best of Dorset and see it in all its glory.
Walking in Dorset
Old Harry Rocks
Old Harry Rocks is one of Dorsets most famous trails, offering some incredible views of the renowned Jurassic Coast. Its an easy walk which makes it suitable for the whole family, passing a couple of pubs along the way. At just over 3.5miles, its a great walk to break up your day and to explore some of the best of Dorset. Youll get the best views of Old Harry along the trail and you may even get to see some peregrine falcons who call the rocks their home! Where to stay: Old Harry Rocks is a must-visit destination wherever your accommodation is, and is definitely worth the drive. A stay atCornwall Cottagein Swanage offers a scenic drive through Dorset to the coast to enjoy the trail, while also being conveniently located for other destinations to enjoy walking in Dorset.
The Moors Valley Walks
The Moors Valley Walks offer a variety of different trails to suit all sorts of abilities. From routes for children to fitness trails, you can find something suitable for everyone. Kids will love heading through the forest to look for the 'Stick Man', while the Fitness Trail offers a range of challenges across its 2-mile route. The Moors offer some excellent sites to see and its a fun way to spend a morning or afternoon during your Dorset stay. Where to stay: The Moors Valley is a short drive away from Wimborne, making a stay atThe Gate Houseideal for large groups and families wanting to enjoy walking in Dorset. The Gate House sleeps up to 14 and has some excellent features and facilities to make your weekend visit a memorable one. Dogs are welcome too!
The Corfe Common History Walk
The Corfe Common History Walk is a gentle walk that allows you to take in the beautiful scenery of Corfe Castle. Theres a lot of history to discover as you stumble upon evidence of how the landscape has changed over the years as well as a lot of wildlife that now inhabits the area. The Corfe Common History Walk is ideal for picnicking and doesnt feature much tricky terrain so its one that all the family can enjoy! Where to stay:The Old Mill Houseis another Swanage property that offers a convenient location for exploring Dorsets best sights. Sleeping 8, it has a beautiful garden area and all the comforts you could need to enjoy after a day of exploring. The Old Mill House is just a short drive to Corfe Common, and one that features many other amazing sights too.
The Lamberts Castle Walk
The Lamberts Castle walk is a lovely walk that takes you around the old fort and castle grounds. It features various monuments and Iron Age forts that make it an interesting and enjoyable activity which will appeal in particular to any history buffs in your party! On clear days you will be able to see right the way to the coast, which makes it an ideal spot for taking photographs of the glorious Dorset countryside. Keep an eye out for kingfishers too, a rare site these days in the UK, but you could be lucky enough on this particular walking route. Where to stay:Albury Housein Charmouth is just a 10-minute drive from Lamberts castle. If you want to make your walk more challenging, you could start from the property and really work up an appetite. Albury House sleeps up to 10 and offers peace and quiet for a relaxing break. Book a stay with family or friends to enjoy a lovely Dorset break.
The Golden Cap Langdon Hill
This coastal route has reopened after a landslip this year, which means you can now access the beach from this scenic trail. Its one of the highest points along the south coast, and if you catch the trail at the right time of day, youll see the breath-taking golden hues that gives the route its name. The walk is approximately a mile long, so its a nice short one for inexperienced walkers, but can be made longer by exploring some of the nearby areas too. The trail is suitable for dogs, and caution is advised along some parts of the route. Where to stay:North End Farmhouseis located near Bridport and offers large-scale accommodation for up to 14 guests. You can choose to drive, walk or cycle to Langdon Hill where you can see the beautiful sights offered by The Golden Cap. The house has a large garden area and some stunning views that will help make your Dorset stay extra special.
The Dancing Ledge
The name may be a bit off-putting, but this is in fact an amazing walk that offers some stunning sea views as well giving you the chance to explore one of the most popular spots in the area. The area is filled with limestone grassland, which is home to lots of local wildlife. The trail is around 3.5 miles long and offers plenty of food for thought. Keep an eye out for the sycamore tree believed to be an old hanging tree and of course, the Ship Inn which is ideal for stopping off for a rest and a bite to eat. Where to stay:The Old Chapelin Sturminster Marshall is a great choice for your Dorset stay. Not only does it offer cosy accommodation for up to 4, but its in a lovely central location for exploring the best of Dorset. Around a 40-minute drive to the Dancing Ledge, take some time to stop off and explore some other sights along the way. Walking in Dorset is a fantastic way to spend a weekend or to enjoy a longer break. With many striking coastal paths to enjoy and peaceful country routes, youll never tire of the amazing views this part of the country has to offer. Take a look at ourfull selection of Dorset propertiesand start planning your perfectwalking holiday in Dorsettoday.