Stepping into Nature Activities

Dorset and its collection of beautiful landscapes - each with unique histories, different ways of working and interesting stories to tell, offer a fantastic range of opportunities to visit natural spaces, whether it is the beach, heathlands, the coast or a local green space.

Studies show that engaging in these natural assets and living in harmony with them is an important part of securing good health and wellbeing for us all.



There is some great projects and activities connecting people to nature in Dorset. Here are some directories we think would be of use and some local projects we like.


Natural Choices

My Life, My Care

Alzheimer's Society


Step Outside Allotment group at Kingston Lacy

Walking for Health

Dorset Wildlife Trust 'Health and Wellbeing Walks at Lorton Meadows, Weymouth' 
Gentle walk around the reserve, spotting wildlife and enjoying nature, while gently exercising.
Suitable for all, including those with dementia and their partners or carers






The Chesil Beach Centre is running Wildlife Wellbeing sessions for people to discover and enjoy our wonderful coast.

A gentle walk around Chesil Beach and the Fleet Lagoon, focusing on the wildlife of the season. Meet at the Chesil Beach Centre at 11 am. Over 18’s only

Join us on the following dates for a fun and accessible event, open to all those who have memory problems and their carers, as well as those who want to improve their health and wellbeing.


Last Thursday of every Month 11am - 12 starting in June. 

28th June
26th July
30th August
27th September
25th October


Meet at the Chesil Beach Centre, Portland Beach Road, Portland DT4 9XE. 

Information on how to get their, parking and facilities can be found on their website.

Sounds great! Next Step...

Call the Chesil Beach Centre on 01305 206191 to book and for more information.

Illya Hansford Fleet




A project that makes a real difference.

Don't believe us? ~ Read these quotes from the inspiring people that attend our activities.

“It makes us feel human being with other people on the same journey, who know exactly how we feel.” 

"When people ask what difference does the Greenwood Club make for you, there is just so much I don't even know where to begin"

Fireside Cooking c Mel Gale

"It is amazing what can be achieved when the event is all inclusive."

“No one needs to be lonely or bored with life if they have some brain and mobility left particularly with help like yours about.” 





Thorncombe Walk

Music with D Squirrell at Beaminster

Music inspired by nature

Guided Walks 4

 Durlston Country Park Walk








News Articles

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March 2018

Boost Your Mood with Nature

November 2017

Connect to Nature in your Local Community      

December 2016

Lottery win for Dorset project helping people with dementia through nature.

Project Timeline



Pilot Project Information

Bournemouth University Dementia Institute carried out a Focus Group study as part of the Stepping into Nature Pilot Project, see what people mentioned about opportunities and barriers to accessing the natural Environment around them.





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