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Countryside, parks and coast

Find out about Dorset's coast and countryside, country parks, sites and other open spaces including beaches, gardens, children's play areas, heaths and allotments. Plus events, outdoor activities and volunteering opportunities.

    • family walking in the woods
    • Country parks, visitor centres, nature reserves, gardens, allotments and children's play areas in Dorset.
    • Christchurch coast
    • Beaches, harbours, quays, coastal access, Dorset Coast Forum, Jurassic Coast, coastal protection and management.
    • young couple cycling
    • Things to do in Dorset including walking, cycling, horse-riding, sea and shore fishing and outdoor activity centres.
    • public footpath sign
    • There are almost 3,000 miles of public rights of way in Dorset: 4,700 footpaths, 1,700 bridleways and 37 byways.
    • Getting involved
    • Volunteering, Apprentice Rangers, work placements, Local Access Forums and Friends groups.
    • Avon Heath vista
    • Land management, coastal management, trees, seats, grass cutting and site designations in Dorset.
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