1. Worbarrow Bay
Difficulty: Moderate – 4 miles.One steadyclimb and one steep decent.
Getting There: The walk starts in the ghost village of Tyneham (BH20 5DE)
Best For: Dog walkers and children
Kids will love the air of mystery in Tyneham village which was abandoned in 1943 after the area was commandeered by the War Office. A short ascent from the village leads to panoramic views over huge areas of heathland where you will encounter an abundance of wildlife, rare flowers, fungi and insects! Another bonus is Worbarrow Bay is dog-friendly throughout the year and there’s a nearby pub where dogs are welcome. Download the walk for full details and directions.
2. Chapman’s Pool and Dancing Ledge
Difficulty: Moderate – 7.3 miles. The path is steep and can be slippery. Heathland is exposed on windy days.
Getting There: Start in Spyway car park (BH19 3HG)
Best For: Everyone. A breathtaking, dog-friendly walk.
The hidden beach at Chapman’s Pool is a wonderfully wild beach where the stream joins the sea from a plunging ravine carved through high cliffs. If you are a strong swimmer stop off at Dancing Ledge. The pool cut out of the rock is like an infinity pool with a sea view. As the the tide returns the water becomes a jacuzzi (best to take your cue here and get out before the ledge is completely immersed under the waves. Experienced swimmers can swim in the sea next to the pool. Beware – the exit is difficult!
Finish off with pint and pasty at the Square and Compass. It dates back to 1752 and has its own Fossil Museum. Download the walk for detailed info.
3. Osmington Beach
Difficulty: Moderate – 4.7 miles. Some gentle climbs and descents but nothing too strenuous.
Getting There: Start in Bowleaze Coveway car park (DT3 6PW)
Best For: Pub lunch, swimming and snorkeling.
Kids will love the white horse and the foundations of the Roman villa on this walk. One of the highlights all the family can enjoy is the thatched Smuggler’s Inn which dates from the thirteenth century. A pint in front of the fire in winter is a special treat! Work up an appetite with a swim or snorkel on Osmington Beach or try your luck fishing. Download the walk for route map and detailed historical info.