South West Coast Path National Trail
Walk the edge between land and sea on the South West Coast Path National Trail, with 71 miles of glorious views of the Jurassic Coast from Studland to Lyme Regis. Try combining a walk with a ride on the X53 Jurassic Coast bus to help you explore more. The South West Coast Path website gives you comprehensive information to help you get the most from your visit, with distance calculators, gradings of how easy going they are, information on how to get there and details of local accommodation.
Stick to the high ground on the Wessex Ridgeway, an ancient track taking in hillforts and historic villages like Cerne Abbas along the way. This newly renovated Trail runs from Ashmore on the north Dorset border down to Lyme Regis - 60 miles of some of the most beautiful Dorset landscapes. It links to many local villages along the way - great places to stop for refreshment or an overnight stay. The Ridgeway has distinctive signposting to help you keep on track and more information is available on the Dorset for You website and there is also an official guide you can download a low resolution version here. A Guide to the Wessex Ridgeway 3.66 Mb
Take in heathland, downland and dramatic coastal scenery on the Purbeck Way, starting at Wareham and passing Corfe Castle, Chapmans Pool and along to Swanage. For route information download the Purbeck Way leaflet.
You can find out lots more about Purbeck, what makes it so special and the walks you can do there on the Dorset For You website by clicking here.
South Dorset Ridgeway
This dramatic chalk ridge runs to the north of Weymouth, stretching from Poxwell in the east to Little Bredy in the west. The Ridgeway is nationally important for the number of prehistoric and other monuments along it, making a walk on the ridgeway a fantastic step back in time.
A beautiful set of leaflets called Round-a-bout the Ridge will give you some ideas of where best to explore, with a range of distances from 3 to 7 miles. Download copies of Round-a-bout the Ridge leaflets.
The Winterbornes in North Dorset are a rare sight to be seen - streams with beautifully clear water having been filtered through the chalk, many of which which only appear in the winter. Find out more about the enigmatic streams here or download our Winterbornes Walks leaflet and go and explore them yourself.