Dorset's Best Walks
Dorset is renowned for its picturesque coastline, rolling green hills and historic buildings. There’s no better way to explore the region than by foot.
Dorset is renowned for its picturesque coastline, rolling green hills and historic buildings. There’s no better way to explore the region than by foot, as this will allow you to soak up the magical atmosphere. The Dorset landscape is greatly varied: whether you are looking for dramatic cliff-tops, blasted heath or peaceful riversides, you are sure to find the perfect walk to suit your tastes.
An absolute must for someone new to the area, Durdle Door is a natural limestone arch formed by centuries of Atlantic waves crashing against the cliffs which draws thousands of visitors every year. It epitomises the rugged beauty of the Dorset coastline which has captured the hearts of many, and can be admired on a walk from Lulworth Cove.
At a mile long and just under a mile wide, a walk around Brownsea Island is easily manageable. The Island is famed for its red squirrels and Sika deer, which may be glimpsed during a tranquil walk through the woodland. Alternately, walk along the south shore beach to discover Victorian pottery shards, remnants of a once-thriving industrial past. There are several picnic spots on Brownsea Island, some of the best being viewpoints on higher ground which look out towards the Purbeck Hills and Furzey Island.
There are eleven walks around Studland Beach and the South West Coast path, four of which are particularly interesting. Old Harry Rocks walk is a classic, and provides breathtaking views of the Jurassic Coast and its unique rock formations. Studland Beach sand dunes trail is a family-friendly marked circular trail through the sand dunes, a fun and active way of enjoying the beach. Studland Woodland Walk is a way to discover some of the birds and animals that live in Studland. For a walk through Dorset’s rugged heath, try Godlingston Heath, which encompasses spectacular views across the heath from Little Sea to Studland Bay, while also taking in the Agglestone, an enormous block of iron-rich sandstone that stands as a prominent feature in the landscape.
MOORS VALLEY COUNTRY PARK
For a more family-oriented walk, try Moors Valley. There are many walking and fitness trails, the best routes having been waymarked, which allow you to enjoy the parkland and forest. If you are with children, the Play Trail is a perfect option: it involves a short walk around the forest with various pieces of wooden play equipment dotted along the way. Halfway along the Play Trail there is the option to divert onto the Tree Top Trail, a wooden walkway which gives you a bird’s-eye view of the forest.
After an active day in the Dorset countryside, come back to Hotel Collingwood for a hearty meal!