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
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.
The best walks and hiking trails in Dorset.
1. RSPB Arne, Dorset
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
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
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
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
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
A moderate-level walk from Weymouth train station to Church Ope Cove on the Isle of Portland. Map and route.