Area: Dorset

www.open-walks.co.uk/Directory/East-Dorset/

Category:East Dorset
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The Category East Dorset is a subset of Dorset. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Entities associated with East Dorset which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

www.open-walks.co.uk/Directory/North-Dorset/

Category:North Dorset
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The Category North Dorset is a subset of Dorset. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Entities associated with North Dorset which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

www.open-walks.co.uk/Directory/Purbeck/

Category:Purbeck
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The Category Purbeck is a subset of Dorset. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Entities associated with Purbeck which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

www.open-walks.co.uk/Directory/West-Dorset/

Category:West Dorset
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www.open-walks.co.uk/Directory/West-Dorset/

Category:West Dorset
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The following West Dorset Entities do NOT (currently) have Records in 'Open Paths and Trails'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens

 

www.open-walks.co.uk/Directory/Weymouth-Portland/

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The Category Weymouth & Portland is a subset of Dorset. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all the Entities associated with Weymouth & Portland which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/countryside-coast-parks/country-parks-and-vis...

Category:East Dorset
Size (acreage)600
Overview

'The miles of tracks offer an opportunity to explore some of Dorset's internationally important heathland and its rare wildlife.'

Description from

Dorset Council

www.ccwwdaonb.org.uk/interactive-map-toplevel/walking-riding-cycling/

Category:North Dorset
Overview

'Our AONB covers 380 square miles of countryside criss crossing the boundaries of Wiltshire, Dorset, Hampshire and Somerset. The area is visually stunning, with a broad mixture of different types of landscape, as well as a rich historical heritage.'

www.dorsetaonb.org.uk/explore/

Category:Dorset
Overview

'The Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is one of a family of protected landscapes in the UK, working to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of almost half of Dorset's countryside. Rather than just one beautiful landscape to shout about, the Dorset AONB is a collection of beautiful landscapes - each with different histories, ways of working and stories to tell ...'

www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/sport-leisure/

Category:Dorset
Overview

'We are lucky in Dorset that we have some stunning countryside with around 3,000 miles of public rights of way to explore.'

www.goc.org.uk/groups/dorset/

Category:Dorset
Overview

'Organises walks throughout the year, usually on the 2nd Sunday of the month. During the summer there is occasionally an additional walk. The typical length is 6 to 9 miles.'

www.dorsetyoungwalkers.org.uk

Category:Dorset
Overview

'A friendly outdoor activities and social group in our 20s to 30s, established in 2003.'

www.durlston.co.uk/visit-about-durlston.aspx

Category:Purbeck
Overview

'Few places in Britain equal Durlston: The bare statistics merely hint at the amazing diversity of wildlife: 33 species of breeding butterfly, over 250 species of bird recorded, 500 wildflowers, 500 moths and thousands of other invertebrates. Durlston's special qualities stem from a combination of geography, geology, history and careful management which has created a mosaic of nationally important wildlife habitats: sea-cliffs, downs, ancient meadows, hedgerows, woodland, and dry-stone walls each with their characteristic plants and animals.'

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/fontmell-and-melbury-downs

Category:North Dorset
Overview

'This area of natural beauty was bought in memory of Thomas Hardy, to protect the landscape in which his novels are set. Fontmell Down and Harding's Down offer stunning views that stretch for miles across the Blackmore Vale.'

Description from

National Trust

footscape.co.uk

Category:Dorset
Overview

'Award-winning walking holidays & heritage tours in Dorset, UK.'

gillinghamwalkers.webs.com/walkersarewelcometown.htm

Category:North Dorset
Overview

'Gillingham achieved Walkers Are Welcome (WAW) status on 10 August 2015. This means that it has fulfilled the six criteria necessary for acceptance: it has demonstrated local support, gained endorsement from the town council, made a commitment to ensure the local path network is in order, guaranteed adequate marketing of WAW status, shown how use of public transport will be encouraged and demonstrated how the status will be maintained in future, with broadbased support.'

Description from

Gillingham Walkers

walkpurbeck.com

Category:Purbeck
Overview

'The beautiful Isle of Purbeck is a walker's paradise. From coast to country, the variety is unsurpassed ... Purbeck offers something for everyone and our walks have been designed to show as much of the area as possible. Some include a pub lunch in a typical Dorset village and others a ride home on the steam train  ...' Usually held Mid September.

www.ldwa.org.uk/Dorset

Category:Dorset
Overview

'The Dorset Group of the LDWA was founded in 1993. The Group organises regular social walks nd two challenge walks each year, one being the Dorset Doddle, a 32 mile walk along the coastal path from Weymouth to Swanage.'

lulworth.com/visit/days-out/walkers/

Category:Purbeck
Size (acreage)1000
Overview

'Set within an enclosed 1,000 acre deer park the historic buildings and ancient woodlands of Lulworth Castle and are ideal place to explore. Pack a picnic and come and enjoy all Lulworth has to offer.'

See also

Lulworth Castle & Park [Visit Dorset]

www.moors-valley.co.uk/planning-your-visit/walking-trails/

Category:East Dorset
Overview

'There are many miles of paths and tracks through Moors Valley Country Park and Forest. You are welcome to walk on any of these paths; however, the best routes have been waymarked.'

www.dorset-ramblers.org.uk

Category:Dorset
Overview

'Anybody who wants to attend and is capable of going the distance is welcome to come on any Ramblers’ walk.  However, the Area Introduction Walks Programme is primarily aimed at people who are new to walking, who have participated in the Walking for Health programme and are looking for something a bit harder, or who for family, time, health or mobility reasons are not able to complete the Ramblers’ longer walks ...'

The Area Introduction Walks Programme is made up of short walks (3 to 5 miles), which are reasonably flat and within the Ramblers’ definition of an ‘easy’ walk at most

www.swanagewalkinggroup.co.uk

Category:Purbeck
Overview

'We offer friendly weekend and mid-week easy to moderate grade walks of 4-9 miles in Purbeck and Dorset. Our walks programme is continuous throughout the year with the exception of a break over the Christmas period. We also have a Christmas lunch! ... Membership Subscription is £5.00 per year. Come and join us on some of our walks to find out what the group is like without any obligation at all. We hope you'll like us.'

www.visit-dorset.com/things-to-do/activities/walking

Category:Dorset
Overview

'Dorset is one of the finest counties in England for walking; its exceptional mix of awe inspiring coastline, ancient wooded valleys, rolling chalk downlands and secluded river valleys makes for a true rambler’s paradise!'

www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/sport-leisure/walking/walking-routes-and-trai...

Category:East Dorset
Overview

'This Walk Pack has been designed to help you explore and enjoy the rich and diverse landscapes, towns and villages that East Dorset has to offer. There are a range of routes from flat easy walks for families to more challenging hilly ones: e.g. Route 4 Alderholt (5.5 miles)  This walk is an easy, level walk through farmland and woodlands, taking in a section of the beautiful Ashford Water.'

Description from

Dorset Council

www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/sport-leisure/walking/walking-routes-and-trai...

Category:Purbeck
Overview

'Find routes and maps for walking trails in and around Purbeck.'

Description from

Dorset Council

www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/sport-leisure/walking/walking-routes-and-trai...

Overview

'Weymouth and Portland has a wealth of walks, trails and local footpaths and bridleways to explore. You can travel through 20 million years of Jurassic time, explore flowery meadows and fossil-filled quarries and a wild coastline with an array of wildlife both on land and in the sea. One great way is walking the South West Coast Path which skirts around Weymouth and the Isle of Portland.'

Description from

Dorset Council

www.westmoors-pc.gov.uk/West-Moors-PC/Village_Trail_2627.aspx

Category:East Dorset
Distance (miles)3
Overview

'This "trail" is an attempt to describe some of the features in West Moors - based on a journey from south to north along Station Road, then a diversion down Pinehurst Road. There are some snippets of history buried in the script which show that there's more to the village than might be supposed!'

www.facebook.com/RSPBWeymouth/

Overview

'The Weymouth Wetlands are two fantastic nature reserves - Radipole Lake and Lodmoor - the Wild Weymouth Discovery Centre and the little tern project based on the spectacular Chesil Beach. Smack-bang in the heart of town there are breeding kingfishers, otters, marsh harriers and water voles and a whole host of other wildlife waiting to be discovered. Take a quiet walk round Lodmoor, nationally important for the European eel, to see common terns breeding in the spring, the massive green bush cricket in the summer and bitterns in the winter. Explore Radipole Lake for a chance to see otters, sticklebacks, bearded tits, orchids and marsh harriers.'

Description from

RSPB

www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/walksdb/582/

Category:West Dorset
Distance (miles)6
Overview

'A superb walk with a few short climbs to reach the ridge for fantastic views and one the UK’s most spectacular Bronze Age cemeteries.'

Description from

South West Coast Path

beaminsterramblers.wordpress.com/beaminster-circular-walks/

Category:West Dorset
Overview

'The five Beaminster Hills Circular Walks were created by the Beaminster Ramblers as their millennium project in 2000. They were published twice as pamphlets and have been so successful  that they have begun to run out. It has been decided to put the walks on to the World Wide Web to increase their availability. The maps are the same as in the pamphlets, but the descriptions of the walks have been updated.'

Description from

Beaminster Ramblers

www.bournemouthcoastpath.org.uk

Category:Purbeck
Distance (miles)37
Overview

'Links the Dorset Coast Path, the final and most easterly section of the 572 mile South-West Coast Path, with the Solent Way running from Milford-on-Sea to Emworth. This creates a continuous 652 mile route from Minehead in Somerset to Emsworth on the Hampshire-Surrey border.'

Description from

Leigh Hatts

www.dynamicduo.co.uk/walking.htm

Category:West Dorset
Overview

'We do as much walking as we can and aim to average at least 5 miles a day. We walk 3 miles to get our flour and 6 miles to get our eggs and have even done a 30 mile round trip to go to an evening theatre performance. We enjoy walking to pubs and decided to see how many pubs we could walk to and back from, starting from home. We have now done 70 different pubs, one at a time ... We are at the stage now where many of the pubs are 30 miles away and involve camping overnight. We are trying to get the tally up to 100 ...'

Description from

The Dynamic Duo Company

www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/sport-leisure/walking/walking-in-west-dorset/...

Category:West Dorset
Distance (miles)26
Overview

'This circular walk takes in the hamlets and villages of Minterne Magna, Cerne Abbas, Nether Cerne, Godmanstone, Forston and Charminster.'

Description from

Dorset Council

www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/sport-leisure/walking/walking-routes-and-trai...

Category:Purbeck
Distance (miles)6
Overview

'This walk starts and finishes by the church in Kingston. It is a spectacular walk with stunning views of the Purbeck Landscape.'

Description from

Dorset Council

www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/walksdb/579/

Category:Purbeck
Distance (miles)12
Overview

'Walk to Swanage and take a train back to Corfe Castle. A challenging hike through a dramatic landscape rich in history, on paths and tracks that have been used by feet and wheels for many thousands of years ...'

Description from

South West Coast Path Association

www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/sport-leisure/walking/walking-in-east-dorset/...

Category:East Dorset
Distance (miles)12
Overview

'This route climbs gently to Penbury Knoll then drops down into the small hamlet of Pentridge before crossing Bokerley Dyke onto Martin Down National Nature Reserve. The site is a butterfly watchers dream.'

Description from

Dorset Council

www.visit-dorset.com/things-to-do/activities/walking

Distance (miles)10
Overview

'Wide and sweeping coastal views are combined with quiet valleys on this splendid walk ... The walk is 10 miles long but can be shortened by finishing at Sutton Poyntz.'

Note: There is a Leaflet Dorchester to the Sea at Weymouth which was published by West Dorset District Council a few years ago. However, the Author (John Sissons) is planning to issue a revised 'improved' version in the near future. Dorchester Tourist Information Centre should have the latest information.

Description from

Visit Dorset

www.ldwa.org.uk/Dorset/W/6978/dorset-doddle.html

Category:2: 26-50 Miles
Distance (miles)32
Overview

'Consists simply of the coastal path from Weymouth to Swanage, possibly with diversions where the path has fallen away or is dangerous. Anyone expecting a gentle stroll along the cliffs will be in for a shock, but the route has stunning views and is a true classic. The distance is about 32 miles, passing through the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site over some of the most beautiful coastal scenery in England, but including some tough climbs on the way.' Held Late August.

Description from

LDWA Dorset

www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/countryside-coast-parks/rights-of-way/dorset-...

Category:Dorset
Overview

'The Forum has 21 members - 18 independent members and 3 representatives of Dorset County Council, Bournemouth and Poole Borough Councils.'

Description from

Dorset Council

www.gov.uk/government/collections/england-coast-path-portland-to-lulwo...

Distance (miles)20
Overview

'The first stretch of the England Coast Path, from Rufus Castle on Portland to Lulworth Cove, is open to the public. Coastal access rights came into force along this stretch of coast on 29 June 2012.'

fossilwalks.com

Category:West Dorset
Overview

'Rather than take you out in a big group Chris specialises in individual family fossil hunting walks at Charmouth, Dorset; these are available most days throughout the year. The advantage is that your family gets all the attention and benefit from intensive quality time instead of being part of a large group. The walks are ideal for children from 5 years and up ...'

Description from

Christopher Michael Pamplin

www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/sport-leisure/walking/walking-in-west-dorset/...

Category:West Dorset
Distance (miles)16
Overview

'Starting at Evershot, the second highest village in Dorset, this walk meanders close to the River Frome towards Poole Harbour.'

Description from

Dorset Council

walk2012.co.uk

Distance (miles)187
Overview

'Long distance path created to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic Games. It starts in Weymouth and Portland at the National Sailing Academy and it finishes in London at the Olympic Stadium.'

Description from

Mark Stanley

www.walkingpages.co.uk/trails_paths/ldphardyway.html

Category:West Dorset
Distance (miles)212
Overview

'Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) set most of his novels and many poems in Wessex, once an ancient kingdom of southern England. The heart of Hardy's Wessex is Dorset and the Hardy Way is a journey through some of the most unspoilt parts of this beautiful county, extending from the coast then inland to the timeless Cranborne Chase on the Wiltshire border ... We believe the Guidebook written by Margaret Marande and updated in 2015 is essential not just to follow the route, but because the many excerpts from Hardy's work provide an extra dimension of enjoyment to discovering Dorset and his magical Wessex.'

Description from

Walking Pages

See also

The Hardy Way [Beaminster Ramblers]

www.wessexrailwaywalks.org.uk

Category:Dorset
Overview

'Discover Dorset's unspoilt countryside with "Trains to Trails" - the detailed guide to walks from Dorset Stations. Pick up the complete leaflet at your nearest First Great Western station, or download PDF versions ... Starting and ending at the same rural station, the routes all include at least one pub and are within the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.'

Note Not clear whether copies of this Leaflet are still available from First Great Western; but PDFs of the Leaflet and of the individual Walks (plus one of two more) can be downloaded from the Wessex Wanderer Site.

www.knollhouse.co.uk/local-area/walks

Category:Purbeck
Overview

'Knoll House on the south coast of England enjoys a unique position on the Dorset coast with views over Studland Bay and its famous three mile beach ... One of Knoll House’s greatest assets - the varied, sometimes strange, beauty of the countryside that surrounds it - is the one least known to most guests. It is easily accessible to the walker, with a network of paths that provide easy going for explorers of all ages ...'

Description from

The Knoll House

www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/sport-leisure/walking/walking-routes-and-trai...

Category:Purbeck
Distance (miles)7
Overview

'Follows a route near Bovington along country lanes and through leafy woodland and heathland. This circular trail starts and finishes at Bovington's famous Tank Museum, taking in Lawrence of Arabia's home at Clouds Hill and his last resting place - the cemetery at Moreton.'

Description from

Dorset Council

www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/sport-leisure/walking/walking-in-north-dorset...

Category:North Dorset
Distance (miles)13
Overview

'The North Dorset Trailway now extends from Sturminster Newton to Spetisbury, providing an off road trail for walkers, cyclist etc. The opening of the latest section, between Stourpaine and Blandford, proved to be a triumphant day with hundreds of people attending by various means of transport.' Unfortunately the Website originally cited here (and the North Dorset Trailway Network?) seem(s) no longer, so I have cited instead a page from Dorset for You (where at the time of Review it was noted that the NDT Leaflet 'is currently being updated').

Description from

Dorset Council

langtonmatravers-pc.org/priests-way

Category:Purbeck
Distance (miles)3
Overview

'Follow in the footsteps of a medieval priest as you walk along the ancient track known as the Priest's Way. It passes between quarries and across open fields with spectacular views along the way. The walk finishes near one of Dorset's most famous pubs, the Square & Compass.

Description from

Dorset Countryside Ranger Service

www.eastdorsetramblers.org.uk/purbeckplod.html

Category:Purbeck
Distance (miles)16
Overview

'The Purbeck Plod was introduced in 1965 and ran yearly through to 2002. Our Group re-introduced the walk in 2008 adding the options of a 25 mile run and a 16 mile walk ... The challenge isn't just in the distance. There are a lot of climbs along the way. On the 25 mile route these add up to about 4,300 feet and on the 16 mile route, they add up to about 2,700 feet.' Challenge now usually held Late June/Early July.

www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/sport-leisure/walking/walking-in-purbeck/the-...

Category:Purbeck
Distance (miles)28
Overview

'The route travels from Wareham to Corfe Castle, then eastwards to Ballard Down, then south and westwards along the South West Coast path to Chapman's Pool, then north to Corfe Castle.'

Description from

Dorset Council

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/River_Parrett_Trail

Category:West Dorset
Distance (miles)50
Overview

'Long-distance footpath, following the route of the River Parrett in Somerset, England. The trail, which is 50 miles (80 km) long, runs from Chedington in Dorset to the mouth of the river in Bridgwater Bay where it joins the West Somerset Coast Path.'

Description from

Wikipedia

See also

River Parrett Trail [Discover South Somerset]

www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/sport-leisure/walking/walking-in-weymouth-and...

Distance (miles)4
Overview

'Provides a pleasant, traffic free 3.5km walk or bicycle ride from Westham Bridge in the heart of Weymouth's town centre to Ferry Bridge.  From there you can continue 0.8km along the traffic free Portland Beach Road route to the Chesil Beach Visitor Centre.  A further 2.3km will take you to Fortuneswell on Portland.' The Friends of the Rodwell Trail and Sandsfoot Castle work in partnership with Weymouth and Portland Council in the development and management of the Trail.

Description from

Dorset Council

www.dorsetaonb.org.uk/location/exploring-the-south-dorset-ridgeway/

Category:West Dorset
Distance (miles)17
Overview

'The South Dorset Ridgeway Partnership brings together people from many interests and backgrounds in an inspiring programme to learn about, care for and enjoy this special place. When you stand on the South Dorset Ridgeway you are surrounded by some of the most spectacular scenery in England.  Everywhere you look you see history in the landscape; this is one of the most important pre-historic landscapes in Europe.'

Description from

South Dorset Ridgeway Partnership

See also

South Dorset Ridgeway [National Trails]

www.swanageseen.co.uk/resources/Swanage%20Art%20Trail%20leaflet.pdf

Category:Purbeck
Overview

'Follow the trail of paintings of Swanage by its famous visiting artists ...'

Description from

Carlotta Barrow

www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/sport-leisure/walking/documents/walk-8-verwoo...

Category:East Dorset
Distance (miles)7
Overview

'A walk with a nice mix of conifer plantation and open heathland. The start and finish of the route takes you close to Stephens Castle. The view from the lookout spans across East Dorset to the coast.'

Description from

Dorset Council

jurassiccoast.org/visit/walking-the-jurassic-coast/

Category:Dorset
Overview

'Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Jurassic Coast Team have pulled together a series of lovely short walks for you to enjoy.'

Description from

Jurassic Coast Trust

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/corfe-castle

Category:Purbeck
Overview

'Novelist E. M. Forster thought the Purbeck Hills were the best vantage point from which to survey England at its most beautiful. Corfe Common gives fine castle views and an insight into history, while nearby Hartland Moor is perfect for escaping the rat race in search of tranquility.'

Description from

National Trust

www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/sport-leisure/walking/walking-routes-and-trai...

Category:Purbeck
Distance (miles)13
Overview

'Stretching from Wareham to Sturminster Marshall, the Wareham Forest Way walking route travels through some of the less well known landscapes of north Purbeck and East Dorset ... From Sturminster Marshall, you can join the Stour Valley Way or North Dorset Trailway to explore the rest of Dorset.'

Description from

Dorset Council

www.southernwalks.co.uk/wessex/wessex.php

Category:North Dorset
Distance (miles)40
Overview

'In April 2007, inspired by the writings of Thomas Hardy, I travelled on foot from Win Green to Weymouth. The journey was one of great contrast, reaching to the very heart of Hardy country. Along the way I passed through landscapes associated with the novels, poems and short stories: Cranbourne Chase, the valley of the Stour, the chalk ridge south of the Blackmoor Vale, the Frome valley, the coastal uplands ... '

Description from

Southern Walks

www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/sport-leisure/walking/walking-in-west-dorset/...

Category:North Dorset
Distance (miles)63
Overview

'Magnificent ridge-top route crossing Dorset's rural heartland.'

Description from

Dorset Council

www.wessexrailwaywalks.org.uk

Category:Dorset
Overview

'Why not come on one of the Wessex Wanderers Railway Walks over the summer (between May and October each year) and have a great day out?  This is a great way to enjoy the combination of travelling by train and going to a different area and exploring the countryside.'

www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/sport-leisure/walking/documents/walk-12-wimbo...

Category:East Dorset
Distance (miles)8
Overview

'This walk starts in the medieval village of Wimborne St Giles, reputedly the first place in Britain that cabbages were grown. Cranborne Chase spans out from the top of Harley Down, overlooking Ackling Dyke and Gussage All Saints.'

Description from

Dorset Council

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