Walks and Rides
Spending time outdoors in the natural environment is great for your health - a great way to get fit but also to relax and de-stress yourself too.
With rolling downland, secluded woodlands, wide open heaths and a dramatic coastline the Dorset AONB is the perfect place to stretch your legs and get some fresh air.
We have a good selection of long distance routes such as the South West Coast Path National Trail, the Wessex Ridgeway and good sections of the National Cycle Network, all well signposted and with good links to public transport. However, if you prefer to make up your own routes we have over 2000 miles of footpath, bridleway and byway to choose from as well as over 5000 hectares of open access land, giving you endless possibilities to explore.
We also suggest some ideas for short walks and picnic in our leaflet '40 days in Dorset'. Take a picnic, fly a kite or just relax and enjoy the view. You can download a copy here 40day_download.pdf or pick up one free from Tourist Information Centres and Libraries.
Even if you have travelled to Dorset by car, try leaving the car behind for day trips out. Spend some time exploring what's on your doorstep - sometimes it's the smell and the taste of a place that will stay in your memories more than what the big attractions have to offer.
Travelling by bus or train can be a pleasure in itself - the X53 Jurassic Coast bus gives you views from the top deck you would never get in the car. And of course it can be much more relaxing to leave the car behind - a great chance to slow down and leave all the hassle of route planning and parking to someone else!