Dorset Walks

Dorset Walks

Dorset is home to some of the best walks in the UK including many scenic coastal paths along the Jurassic Coast. Shell Bay in Studland marks the traditional end of the 630-mile South West Coast Path however there are plenty of stunning circular day walks for all abilities.

Many of the best walks along the Dorset Coast pass through land that is owned and managed by the National Trust so the National Trust Website is an excellent resource for finding circular walk descriptions and maps. The good news is that access to the walks is free to everyone, you don’t have to be a National Trust Member although members will be able to use the National Trust Car Parks for free.

To keep things simple we’ve just listed the walks below and included links to their relevant web page showing a map and route description which we hope you’ll find helpful.

Over the last few years I’ve done many of the walks listed plus many more and have some great photos which I hope to include as part of a blog section of this website. This site is still just a hobby and I prefer being out walking in the countryside rather than inside working on my computer! I did start a website which you might find helpful as it lists some of my favourite Dorset walks but I never quite finished it and haven’t been able to publish the routes using the Ordinance Survey maps due to copyright issues which I’m sure I’ll sort out one day.

I can particularly recommend the walks below that are marked with a heart ❤️

National Trust Walks in Dorset

Studland Walks

Old Harry Rocks walk ❤️ – Click Here

Godlingston Heath walk ❤️ – Click Here

Studland Beach sand dunes trail – Click Here

Studland Beach Second World War walk – Click Here

Studland woodland walk – Click Here

Corfe Castle Walks

The Purbeck Ridgeway ❤️ – Corfe Castle to the coast – Click Here

Corfe Common History Walk – Click Here

The Hartland Way – Corfe Castle and Hartland Moor – Click Here

South Purbeck Hills Walks

South Purbeck cliffs walk ❤️ – Click Here

Scratch Arse Ware and Dancing Ledge walk ❤️ – Click Here

Spyway Sea Saunter – Click Here

East Man Walk – Click Here

Brownsea Island Walks

Brownsea Island wildlife walk – Click Here

Rich Reds of Brownsea Walk – Click Here

Lakes and heath walk, Brownsea Island – Click Here

Kingston Lacy Estate Walks

Walk at Badbury Rings and High Wood, Kingston Lacy – Click Here

Walk at Badbury Rings and The Oaks, Kingston Lacy – Click Here

Walk at Pamphill and Cowgrove, Kingston Lacy – Click Here

The Woodland Trail at Kingston Lacy – Click Here

Walk at the Beech Avenue and Droves, Kingston Lacy – Click Here

Walk at Pamphill Green and Moor, Kingston Lacy – Click Here

Walk at Shapwick and Droves, Kingston Lacy – Click Here

Walk at Eye Bridge and Pamphill, Kingston Lacy – Click Here

Walk at Eye Bridge, Kingston Lacy – Click Here

Walk at White Mill and Shapwick, Kingston Lacy – Click Here

Kingston Lacy Park walk from Pamphill Green – Click Here

Walk at White Mill and the Droves, Kingston Lacy – Click Here

Walk at Holt Heath, Kingston Lacy – Click Here

Walking with heels at Holt Heath – Click Here

Walking with pumps at Pamphill – Click Here

Walking in sandals at Shapwick – Click Here

Blackmore Vale

A circuit of Hod Hill ❤️ – Click Here

Hod Hill butterfly walk – Click Here

Walking around the ramparts at Hambledon Hill ❤️ – Click Here

Melbury Beacon Walk ❤️ – Click Here

Fontmell Down Walk – Click Here

Compton Down Walk – Click Here

Hardy’s Cottage Walks

Hardys Cottage walking trails through Thorncombe Woods – Click Here

Hardy’s Cottage Discovery Trail (Kids) – Click Here

National Trust PDF Guides

Dorset’s Hillforts – A Visitor’s Guide (pdf) – Click Here

Kingston Maurward Walkabouts 1 (pdf) – Click Here

Kingston Maurward Walkabouts 2 (pdf) – Click Here

Hardy’s Landscape (pdf) – Click Here

Trails in Dorset

The Great Wessex Way (Long Distance Walkers Association) – Click Here

Stour Valley Way (LDWA) – Click Here

The Hardy Way (LDWA) – Click Here

The Wessex Ridgeway,

The Jubilee Trail – or

The Stour Valley Way –

The South Dorset Ridgeway –

North Dorset Trailway –

Dorset County Council

Visit their website:

Then click on the link to walking then walking routes and trails

East Dorset

Castleman Trailway – Click Here

Wareham Forset Way

East Dorset Walking Routes – a series of 14 walks – Click Here

North Dorset

The Wessex Ridgeway – information pdf

The North Dorset Trailway

Sturminster Newton Walkabouts

The Isle of Purbeck (long distance)

South West Coast Path – link to Visit Dorset website for index

The Isle of Purbeck (medium distance)

The Commoner’s Way – leaflet pdf

The Lawrence of Arabia Trail – leaflet pdf

Wareham Forest Way – leaflet pdf

The Purbeck Way (West Route) – leaflet pdf

The Purbeck Way – leaflet pdf

The Isle of Purbeck (short distance)

Wareham Town Walks – leaflet pdf

The Wareham Two Rivers Walk – leaflet pdf

Quarrymans’ Ways – leaflet pdf

The Priests Way – link to South West Coast Path map

Smugglers’ Ways – leaflet pdf

Studland and Ballard Down Round Walk – map leaflet pdf route directions leaflet pdf

West Dorset

South Dorset Ridgeway – link to South West Coast Path

Kingston Maurward Walkabouts

Cerne Valley Way – leaflet pdf

Frome Valley Trail – leaflet Evershot to Dorchester pdf

Thorncombe Wood Walkabouts

Dorchester to Weymouth Trail – leaflet pdf (download)

Weymouth & Portland

Walking maps of Littlemoor

Portland Quarry Trails

The Rodwell Trail

Jurassic Coast Trust Downloadable Walks

Cranborne Estate Walks

Cranborne Estates have produced a leaflet that will guide you around a number of routes within the Estate. Leaflet includes routes description and map.

Related Pages: Hengistbury Head / Sandbanks / Studland / Old Harry Rocks / Durlston Country Park / Worth Matravers / Corfe Castle /

Bournemouth to Sandbanks | Sandbanks to Studland | Studland to Old Harry Rocks | Lulworth Cove to Durdle Door | Seacombe & Winspit | Dancing Ledge | Durdle Door & Scratchy Bottom | Lulworth Cove to Mupe Bay | St Aldhelm’s Head & Chapman’s Pool | Hengistbury Head & Mudeford Sandbank