6 Awesome Dorset Trails to Hike


Are you looking for a place to hike this weekend? With National Take a Hike Day taking place, you can try out these six Dorset trails to exercise your legs.

Cranborne to Martin Down:

  • Length: 19.3kms/12 miles
  • Alternative route: 8kms/5 miles
  • Perks: Free parking from 9am to 5pm

This trail starts at Cranborne Garden Centre and ends at Martin Down National Nature Reserve. There is a shorter route that overlooks Cranborne Chase’s ridges.

Shaftesbury Loop via Wessex Ridgeway

  • Length: 15.8kms/9.8 miles

This circular walk takes you through exquisite sights. It leads you through woods, pastures and ponds filled by the chalk river.

Kimmeridge to Tyneham

  • Length: 10.9kms/6.8 miles
  • Perks: See one of Britain’s few oil wells

This is an adventurous route to walk on.

First you have the story of Tyneham deserted village. You can see seascapes, walk on fine ridges and get to cross firing range.

It’s important you keep to the marked paths.

Old Harry and Ballard Down

  • Length: 8kms/5 miles

This walk starts from Studland village. If you use a section of the South West Coast, you’ll hike for about 8kms. You’ll have wonderful views of towering cliffs.

Bindon Hill and the Fossil Forest from Lulworth

  • Perks: See the Fossil Forest, Jurassic Coast and Lulworth Cove

The circular path gives you spectacular views, from the white pebble beach of Lulworth Cove to the submerged forests of the fossil forest.

Corfe Castle to Ballard Down

Length: 14kms/8.75 miles

This trail takes you through the historic village of Corfe Castle and through the Purbeck Way.

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