Enjoy the beautiful countryside that Dorset has to offer, from country parks and countryside sites to thousands of rights of way.
Avon Heath, Durlston and Moors Valley country parks offer beautiful countryside and stunning views.
Beaches and coast
Beaches, harbours and quays. Information about walking dogs on Dorset's beaches and the Dorset Coast Forum.
Dorset is a beautiful county to explore at any time of year. With nationally important country parks and acres of woodland, heathland and grassland, there is something for everyone.
Parks and open spaces
Dorset has many open spaces, ranging from allotments, beaches and gardens to country parks and recreation grounds.
Outdoor activity centres
We offer a wide range of tailor-made learning experiences at four diverse centres.
Public rights of way
There are almost 3,000 miles of public rights of way in Dorset, made up of approximately 4,700 footpaths, 1,700 bridleways and 37 byways open to all traffic.
Education in the countryside
Educational resources available to teachers, families and individuals.
Countryside management in Dorset
Dorset offers a unique variety and diversity of landscape and wildlife. To keep this landscape in good condition for wildlife and safe for you it has to be managed.
Countryside site designations
Important sites are often recognised by being given statutory protection.
Dorset's history and archaeology is rich and varied. There are may ways to explore and enjoy the county's spectacular historic environment and achieve careful and sensitive development within it.