Dorset is known for its fossil-rich Jurassic coast and its pretty seaside towns and villages. Encompassing 2,653 km2 (1,024 sq miles) of south England countryside, Dorset 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.
A stunning winter sunrise at Durdle Door on the UNESCO world heritage coastline of Dorset Getty
The best walks and hiking trails in Dorset.
1. RSPB Arne, Dorset
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.
2. Abbotsbury, Dorset
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.
3. The Acorn Inn, 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.
4. Durlston Head and Dancing Ledge, Dorset
Durlston Bay is bounded by Durlston Head to the south and Peveril Point to the north ©Getty
Explore the stunning cliffs and moors of the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset on a five-mile walk. Map and route.
5. Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and Bat’s Head, Dorset
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.
6. Weymouth to Portland, Dorset
Church Ope Cove, Portland Getty
A moderate-level walk from Weymouth train station to Church Ope Cove on the Isle of Portland. Map and route.