Of all of the counties of England, Dorset is better served than most for walking. Whether you are looking for a challenging hike or a simple stroll, the variety of Dorset walks available is astonishing. The star attraction is obviously the Jurassic Coast, which encompasses the South West Coast Path. This famous Dorset walking route passes through Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and Devon again before entering the county of Dorset at fossil-rich Lyme Regis. Its walking switchbacks over nearly 100 miles of stunning coastline before reaching the mouth of Poole Harbour. But the coast is not the only attraction; Dorset was never really industrialised, so farming and large family estates, such as the Weld Estate at Lulworth in particular, have maintained a traditional landscape with sweeping views from the ridge paths. Information on The Lulworth Range walks opening times here.
As far as accommodation is concerned, all Dorset Coastal Cottages are ideally located for walking. Walkers can be strolling in the countryside from every one of our cottages within five minutes of leaving the door. No need to leave the dog behind either as around half of our self-catering cottages accept dogs. Various websites and guidebooks give a huge variety of information, often handily associated with a pub as the start/end point.
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With miles and miles of South West Coast Path and an endless array of world-class walks all over Dorset, we provide guides to some of our favourites. Featured Dorset walks include Burton Bradstock, Durlston and Swanage, Maiden Castle and The Maiden Newton Disused Railway Line. Our walking guides are updated regularly as we at Dorset Coastal Cottages tick them off… We’ve walked them so you can be assured that the signs are where they’re supposed to be, the OS map is up to date. We can also feel confident in grading their difficulty.
In Dorset, we feel incredibly lucky that we have such a fantastic resource available for all our visitors (and ourselves of course!). iCoast is the definitive guide for all activities on the Dorset Coast. This website covers all activities you can think of and even has live transport information to help get you to and from your chosen activity. For walkers the interactive Ordnance Survey map is immensely useful, you can overlay footpaths and bridle paths and view all features of the walk on the way. It even shows all of the pet restrictions on every Dorset beach.
Robert Westwood is a renowned local author and photographer. He is also one of the organisers of the annual Swanage Walking Festival which takes place in September. He offers guided walks all over the Jurassic Coast and is a particular local expert on the Isle of Purbeck. Bespoke tours and walking holidays can be arranged with Jurassic Coast walking tours and Robert will be happy to liaise with us so that everything runs smoothly with your self catering cottage and your Dorset walking holiday. As a published photographer Robert also arranges photographic tours on the Jurassic Coast.
Further Information on Jurassic Walking Tours. Tel: 07777 662 086
As proud sponsors of The Jurassic Coast Trust, we are proud to recommend their website which gives a fabulous insight into this fabulous part of the South West Coast Path. The Jurassic Coast site is full of information on local walks along the coast and the fascinating geology of each of the areas. Fossil enthusiasts will love this site as it is an inexhaustible resource and is regularly updated with special fossil hunting events from Lyme Regis to Kimmeridge. It is also, naturally, an excellent information source for all of the conservation work involved in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.