Walking

Walking in Dorset gives you the chance to explore dramatic clifftops, peaceful country lanes, rolling hills and also woodland trails. Exploring the South West Coast Path will take you past rocky coves and stunning views.

There are over 4,700 well-signed and waymarked footpaths, bridleways and byways to for you to explore in Dorset.

The South West Coast Path Come to the beach anywhere in Dorset and turn left or right and you will be on the South West Coast Path. The path is just as good for short walks and gentle strolls as it is for long-distance walking. Along the way immerse yourself in the heritage, wildlife, geology and scenery.

Cerne Abbas Giant Carved into the chalk hills is a giant, priapic club-wielding, fertility symbol that has been attracting sightseers for centuries. Once crowned the most “most desirable village in Britain” Cerne owes its existence to the establishment of the Benedictine Abbey in 987AD. The pitchmarket – a faded row of Tudor timber framed buildings is a favourite location for movie-makers. Take a gentle stroll up to the Giant from Cerne Abbas and enjoy the view.

Maiden Castle Maiden Castle in Dorset is one of the largest and most complex Iron Age hillforts in Europe. The hillfort encompasses 47 acres. You will be impressed by its immense size and also its construction. Grab a backpack with some lunch and water and you are ready to do some exploring.

Hardy Monument Monument to Vice-Admiral Hardy, Flag Captain of HMS Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. The Hardy Monument stands high above the village of Portesham and has stunning views across the Dorset countryside and coastline. There is a circular walk starting at the National Trust car park next to the monument. This will take you over Black Down and through Benecke Wood. Walk further and you will also visit Portesham Hill and the nearby village of Portesham.

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