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Walking

Why not discover Dorset's countryside on foot.

We are lucky in Dorset to have stunning countryside with almost 3,000 miles of public rights of way to explore.

Walking is a great way to see the varied landscape of Dorset, from countryside vistas to towns, villages and coastal paths.

Visit Travel Dorset for full travel and transport information.

  • Walking routes and trails

    Find information about the short and long distance walking routes in Dorset's countryside.

  • Health walks: Link to Health walksHealth walks

    Regular short guided health walks take place every week throughout Dorset to help keep you fit and healthy. These free walks offer a great opportunity to get out in the fresh air and meet new people.

  • map and compass: Link to Open access in the countrysideOpen access in the countryside

    Open access gives everybody the right to visit mapped access land on foot. You don't have to stick to paths and you can enjoy walking, running, watching wildlife, picnicking, flying kites - or simply sit and enjoy the view.

  • Horse riders: Link to Public rights of wayPublic 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.

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