The ultimate Dorset walking guide

Ruins of Corfe Castle by Kosala Bandara (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0) via flic.kr/p/satoae

Ruins of Corfe Castle by Kosala Bandara (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0) via flic.kr/p/satoae - Credit: Archant

With Durdle Door, Brownsea Island, Jurassic Coast and a whole host of other stunning sights, Dorset is an amazing place for a stroll

Below are just a few of our favourite places to walk in Dorset. Simply click on the link to find out route information, distance and a place to stop along the way…

Best dog walks

Buddy at Durdle Door

Buddy at Durdle Door - Credit: Archant

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Moordown and Redhill Park

Crocus in bloom on Redhill Common Local Nature Reserve a precious fragment of the ancient heath that

Crocus in bloom on Redhill Common Local Nature Reserve a precious fragment of the ancient heath that covered this area - Credit: Archant

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Canford Heath Nature Reserve

Looking over the open heath towards 'Gas Corral' crossing

Looking over the open heath towards 'Gas Corral' crossing - Credit: Archant

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Bronkham Hill and Martinstown

Barrow and ditch on Bronkham Hill

Barrow and ditch on Bronkham Hill - Credit: Archant

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Kimmeridge and Rope Lake Head

View from Swyre Head with Clavell Tower in the distance on the headland

View from Swyre Head with Clavell Tower in the distance on the headland - Credit: Archant

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Christchurch blue plaque walk

Your starting point at Place Mill

Your starting point at Place Mill - Credit: Archant

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Hampton Hill

Looking atmospheric in the early morning mist - the Durnovaria aqueduct stream running through the v

Looking atmospheric in the early morning mist - the Durnovaria aqueduct stream running through the valley - Credit: Archant

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Wimborne Minster and Leigh Common

River Stour suspension footbridge

River Stour suspension footbridge - Credit: Archant

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Gore Hill and Up Cerne

The double avenue into Up Cerne

The double avenue into Up Cerne - Credit: Archant

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Swanage and Herston

Ballard Down from Swanage Promenade

Ballard Down from Swanage Promenade - Credit: Archant

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West Lulworth and Daggers Gate

Durdle Door

Durdle Door - Credit: Archant

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Southbourne Beach and Aerodrome

Steps leading onto the Promenade by the beach

Steps leading onto the Promenade by the beach - Credit: Archant

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Shillingstone and Okeford Hill

Riders enjoy the views from Okeford Hill

Riders enjoy the views from Okeford Hill - Credit: Archant

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Bournemouth

Decimus Burton designed the Lower Pleasure Gardens in 1873

Decimus Burton designed the Lower Pleasure Gardens in 1873 - Credit: Archant

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Tyneham and Flower’s Barrow

Lulworth Castle seen from Flower's Barrow earthworks

Lulworth Castle seen from Flower's Barrow earthworks - Credit: Archant

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Corfe Mullen and Sleight

Hazy summer day views to Poole Harbour from Upton Heath

Hazy summer day views to Poole Harbour from Upton Heath - Credit: Archant

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Seatown and Golden Cap

View to Lyme Regis from the South West Coat Path

View to Lyme Regis from the South West Coat Path - Credit: Archant

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Iford Bridge, Bere Mead and St Catherine’s Hill

Enjoy sennsational views from the ridge over the River Avon flood plain

Enjoy sennsational views from the ridge over the River Avon flood plain - Credit: Archant

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Wimborne Minster and Pamphill

The River Stour viewed from Eye Bridge

The River Stour viewed from Eye Bridge - Credit: Archant

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Bradford Abbas & Ryme Intrinseca

Mill Lane to Bradford Abbas Mill

Mill Lane to Bradford Abbas Mill - Credit: Archant

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Beaminster and Storridge Hill

Views to Langdon Hill and Lyme Regis

Views to Langdon Hill and Lyme Regis - Credit: Archant

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Tarrant Rushton & Manswood

Fine views over the Tarrant Valley

Fine views over the Tarrant Valley - Credit: Archant

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Christchurch Town Trail

The ruins of the Norman Castle

The ruins of the Norman Castle - Credit: Archant

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Ferndown and Parley Common

The view over Parley Common one of the last remnants of Dorset ancient heath

The view over Parley Common one of the last remnants of Dorset ancient heath - Credit: Archant

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Sandford Heath and Gore Heath

Sandford Heath

Sandford Heath - Credit: Archant

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Abbotsbury Castle and Ashley Chase

Wear's Hill beacon and Portland

Wear's Hill beacon and Portland - Credit: Archant

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Poole Bay and Evening Hill

View to Old Harry from Evening Hill

View to Old Harry from Evening Hill - Credit: Archant

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Chaldon Herring and Chaldon Down

Holworth House and barn

Holworth House and barn - Credit: Archant

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Updated by Martha Griffiths in May 2021.