Best walking trails in Dorset, England

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Map of walking trails in Dorset, England
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#1 - West Lulworth to Ringstead Bay Circular
Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 11.4 mi • Est. 5 h 59 m
This is a truly amazing trail, which provides notable challenges along on the coast, part due to a few heart pumping hills to climb, but it is worth the effort for the spectacular views and the feeling of connection with nature and feeling alive. Show more
#2 - Lulworth to Gad Cliff
Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 10.2 mi • Est. 5 h 50 m
Along the route you will see views from afar of Lulworth Castle. It was built in the 17th century, and this magnificent building is steeped in history. It was originally a hunting lodge to entertain aristocracy and royalty, and was for centuries the family seat of the Weld family, the current owners of the Lulworth Estate. In 1929 there was a fire which destroyed a lot of the Castle, but thankfully it has been partly restored in a pioneering partnership with English Heritage. It is worth a detour from the route, before or after, to go visit the castle and grounds, which has a little of something for everyone, including children - an extensive parkland, woodland walks, a children’s playground, the spacious grounds. Dogs are welcome, but on a lead. Admission fee. Children under 4 go free. Show more
#3 - Jurassic Coast Kimmeridge Circular
Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 8.9 mi • Est. 4 h 30 m
Fantastic views along the Jurassic coast in the Purbeck hills, with a good mix of coastal and fields. Some sections are quite challenging, especially the climb from Kimmeridge bay to the ridge but it is well worth the effort because of the stunning views, crowned by a wonderful sunset seen from Swyre Head. The hill towards the end of the coastal path before turning in land is pretty steep - you do have the option of doing this whole trail anti-clockwise to avoid the steep climb. The pub in Kingston, the Scott Arms, has great views overlooking Corfe castle and is a great place to have a bite to eat. Please note that the car park closes at 8pm. Show more
#4 - Lulworth Cove to Durdle Door and Ringstead Bay
Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 7.0 mi • Est. 3 h 50 m
#5 - Isle of Portland Circular Walk
Isle of Portland, Dorset, England
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Length: 8.2 mi • Est. 4 h 3 m
Stunning views of the ocean with the occasional challenging section. Show more
#6 - South West Coast Path: Lulworth Cove to Swanage
Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 20.2 mi • Est. 10 h 50 m
Enjoy the beautiful ocean views as you climb this section of the South West Coast Path. Show more
#7 - Golden Cap
Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 2 h 18 m
One of the nicest walks on the South Coast with good views of the bay towards Charmouth and to the east Chesil Beach. Two fairly stiff climbs but well worth it for the view on a good day. The circular walk starts at the car park in Seatown which is opposite the dog friendly Anchor Inn. The Inn has a good selection of ales and a decent menu. There are several stiles on the walk which make it impractical for pushchairs and cattle can be found in some fields so dogs must be kept under control. The ground is generally firm but can be boggy in some areas after heavy rain. Show more
#8 - Overcombe to Chesil Beach circular
Weymouth, Dorset, England
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Length: 13.1 mi • Est. 5 h 17 m
Park up on the down. There are nice views over salt marshes and to Weymouth ahead. Walk along the seafront and past Greenhill Gardens and Jubilee Clock. Take a look at the latest sand sculptures. Go past Pavillion, around sea wall and out onto pier to see what has been caught by fishermen. Along Old Harbour wall to look at the various boats. Up steps and across swing bridge and past the various eateries near the old Brewers Quay. Past the busy Weymouth Sailing Club. Along to the end of the breakwater and up the tower. Back and up steps or slope past Nothe Fort. Nice views of Portland Harbour breakwater. Non-wheelchair friendly part is up over grass area and roads to Sandsfoot. Always worth looking at the wealthy properties along Belle Vue Road. On to Sandsfoot Gardens and round free Castle ruins. Joined Rodwell Trail, passing site of old torpedo factory and pier and out on Portland causeway to the Chesil Beach Visitor Centre. Scamper up on top of the beach for the view along the coast to the west. Lots of water sports to watch in the harbour. Back again right along the Rodwell Trail, passing the old station platforms and the WW2 anti-aircraft gun emplacement. Emerging at the end of the marina and make your way back to the seafront and the walk back round the bay and up to the car. Very nice views all the way. Can be shortened by parking at Lodmoor Country Park.Show more
#9 - Hengistbury Head
Bournemouth, Dorset, England
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 36 m
This is a good walk for all levels and friendly to dogs.Show more
#10 - South West Coast Path: Weymouth to Lulworth Cove
Weymouth, Dorset, England
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Length: 11.1 mi • Est. 5 h 34 m
A gorgeous section of coastline with stunning geological discoveries.Show more
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