Volunteers wanted to test out walks, rides and great views in the Dorset AONB! If you can spare a few hours and tell us what you think, we'll enter you into a special Hamper of the Month draw as a thank you.

love of land comp winner 573We are always keen to get people out in the countryside to make the most of what this outstanding landscape has to offer. Over the past few years we have created leaflets with 9 walks showcasing some of the best and most painted views, 11 cycling routes exploring the great tastes of Dorset and over 40 places to pop out for fresh air and great views.

These popular leaflets are now out of print and before we reprint ready for the summer season, we are looking for volunteers to re-test the routes. If you have a few hours to spare and want to explore somewhere new, we would love to hear from you.

Simply take your pick from the following routes and fill in the short questionaire with your honest views on the route. We are keen to find out things like whether the directions are clear enough, if you came across anything unexpected, if the descriptions feel right and above all ... if you enjoyed being out and about.

40 Days in Dorset

40 Days front coverThese are places to go if you've just want to get out for some fresh air, great views and some space to unwind.

You can choose from winswept views of the coast, atmospheric woods, history laden landscapes of the South Dorset Ridgeway and lots in between.

Take your boots for a short stroll, a flask to sit and enjoy the view or even a winter picnic if the weather is kind. Download the leaflet hereand you can find further information about all of the sites here.


Dorset Pedals

Front cover Eastern Dorset Purbeck11 cycling routes in West, East and North Dorset, each with places to try local produce along the way.

There is variety of distance and gradient to choose from, ranging from 10 to 20 miles. Discover Milton Abbas and the Chalk Downs; Badbury Rings and the Stour Valley and the Land of Bone & Stone ... and many more tasty landscapes. 

Find more information about the routes here


Drawing Inspiration walks

Drawing Inspiration Front CoverExplore the landscape that inspired famous painters such as William Daniell, Stanley Royle and JMW Turner, these scenic routes are a refreshing way to pass the time whatever the weather.

Choose from 9 walks in West Dorset and Purbeck including Lambert's Castle and Fishpond Bottom; Studland and Agglestone Rock; around Cerne Abbas and Corfe Castle; Worth Matravers and Dancing Ledge.

Find more information about the routes here


Tell us what you think

HoM imageOnce you've chosen your route, please fill in this short questionnaire. As a thank you, we will enter you into the free Hamper of the Month draw (if you want us to) which will be made on 22nd February 2018, so please return your questionnaires by then by email to Sue Dampney, Dorset AONB Team s.dampney@dorsetcc.gov.uk or call 01305 228242 for further information.

Thank you!


Unfortunately we are unable to pay for any expenses incurred when testing these routes such as travel or carparking, however you will not encounter any charges to use these routes.


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