Walking in Dorset
There are hundreds of footpaths and bridleways that run across Dorset giving walkers the chance to explore quiet country lanes, picturesque villages, woodlands and rocky coves. Dorset is also home to part of the magnificent Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site, which runs between Orcombe Point in Devon and Old Harry Rocks in Dorset.
With so much to do and see and walking routes aplenty, why not stay in a pub when visiting Dorset on your next walking holiday? With pubs and inns nestled across the county there are a great alternative to camping or traditional B&Bs. As Dorset attracts many walkers each year, visitors will find that many pubs are on the VisitEngland scheme Walkers Welcome and provide all the necessary facilities and amenities walkers may need. Rooms comfortable and affordable with many pubs rooms refurbished to a high standard and fitted with all the mod cons such as TVs, en-suite bathrooms and Freeview, whilst retaining the original charm and character of the pub.
But not only is the accommodation worth a stay in a pub in Dorset. Renowned for their drinks, pubs in Dorset today are serving some of the finest food in the region. In the morning walkers can start the day the right way with a hearty full English breakfast to set them up for the day’s adventure. Many pubs serve lunch and also offer walkers packed lunches to take with them. Then after an incredible day out walkers can relax in the comfort of the pub and tuck into a wholesome and delicious home cooked meal.
Dorset is the perfect place to explore on foot and the walking trails pass through many attractions and landmarks. With so much to see in the day, you might not want to have to drive into town to find something to do in the evenings. When you stay in a pub everything is under one roof and with a sociable atmosphere you don’t have to worry about heading out again!
If you’re not sure where to walk in Dorset, below are some popular trails:
- South West Coast Path – This is part of the South West Coast Path National Trail. It’s an awe-inspiring walk with the trail passing through the frontier between the land and sea, cliff tops, lagoons and beaches.
- Sika Trail – This is a very popular short distance walking route that runs through Wareham Forest and is circular. The initial trail is just 2 miles long but with the Northport Greenway linking to it from Wareham Quay the trail can become a 3.25 mile circular walk
- Rodwell Trail – Starting at Weymouth the Rodwell Trail ends in Ferrybridge is suitable for families and walkers of all abilities. As well as this trail there is the Legacy Trail that runs along a disused and abandoned railway line from Weymouth to Portland. The area surrounding route is abundant in nature and wildlife and offers fantastic views across Portland Harbour.
- Wessex Ridgeway – This walking trail offers visitors spectacular views across Dorset’s glorious heartland. Near this walk, visitors can find Hambledon Hills – Dorset’s most impressive Iron Age Hill Fort, Kingston Lacy House and Gardens and the Great Dorset Steam Fair National Heritage show.
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