Best walks in Dorset

One of England's most-loved counties, Dorset's coastal cliffs, bird-rich moorland and marsh and vast pebble beaches are a hiker's dream. Here's our guide to some of the county's best walks

Steps down to Durdle Door
Dorset is known for its Jurassic coast – rich in fossils – and its pretty seaside towns and villages. Dorset encompasses 2,653 km2 (1,024 sq miles) of south England countryside and is one of only five counties in England that does not have a motorway.
Find out more about the county yourself with our top Dorest walks.
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RSPB Arne, Dorset

RSPB Arne
RSPB Arne in winter

More than 50 years have passed since the RSPB first leased a small pocket of Purbeck and created Arne nature reserve. Explore russet heathland and wizened woods in search of shelducks, siskins and sparrow hawks at this wildlife-rich reserve in Dorset. Map and route.

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Abbotsbury, Dorset

St Catherines Chapel, Abbotsbury
St Catherines Chapel, Abbotsbury ©Getty

Take a 7.5-mile (12km) walk through the Dorset countryside to a chapel overlooking the spectacular Jurassic Coast. Map and Route.

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The Acorn Inn, Evershot, Dorset

Evershot, Dorset
Evershot, Dorset © Philip Hartley

Explore a deer park and follow magical woodland pathways before cosying up in a traditional British pub brimming with rustic charm. The Acorn Inn is a real treat, a place you can confidently present to a loved one as a thoughtful weekend getaway. Map and route.

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Durlston Head and Dancing Ledge, Dorset

Durlston Bay, Dorset
Durlston Bay is bounded by Durlston Head to the south and Peveril Point to the north, which can be seen in the distance. In the far distance is Ballard Point on the other side of Swanage Bay ©Getty

Explore the stunning cliffs and moors of the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset on a five-mile walk. Map and route.

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Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and Bat’s Head, Dorset

durdle door
Durdle Door ©Getty

Visit one of England’s natural wonders, then slip away from the crowds and explore the cliffs and coves beyond. Map and route.

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