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Dorchester Riverside and Farm Trail

MODERATE 1 reviews

Dorchester Riverside and Farm Trail is a 4.7 kilometer loop trail located near Dorchester, Dorset, England that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Distance: 4.7 km Elevation Gain: 108 m Route Type: Loop


nature trips


bird watching


partially paved



A circular walk from Dorchester exploring local farmland and the banks of the River Frome. The River Frome is one of the most important rivers in Britain for water voles and is an excellent habitat for lots of other wildlife. Water voles have suffered from habitat losses due to heavy grazing, housing development and river engineering along with predation from the American mink. Chalk streams such as the River Frome are now carefully managed to encourage growth in water vole numbers as they provide a perfect mix of plants, invertebrae and animals. The walk is flat with a number of gates but no stiles and follows a mixture of stone tracks, fields and pavements. Approximately 60 to 90mins.

3 months ago

Lovely trail, easy to navigate and relatively well maintained. There’s a reasonable about of road walking at the end, but a very pretty route with a couple of places for the dog to take a dip (which is great when it’s super hot out!). We did this route as a pit-stop on our way to Devon recently and then headed into Dorchester for lunch where there are plenty of dog friendly pubs and cafes (we ended up going to brew house and kitchen, but there are quite a few closer than that if needed!)

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