Hiking in Dorset
Hiking in Dorset

hikes in Dorset

Region in England, United Kingdom
Dorset Trail Map

Coastal landscapes made up of limestone arches and chalk headlands are what awaits on an exciting walking adventure in the picturesque county of Dorset in the southwest of England. With three quarters of the shoreline being made up of the 185 million year old Jurassic Coast, you will have plenty of opportunities to traverse the rugged coastal terrain along the English Channel and explore the rich geological history of the region through its many impressive landmarks.

When you aren’t walking along the coast and visiting popular sites like the impressive Durdle Door and scenic Lulworth Cove, you will have the opportunity to explore the rolling landscape of the interior of Dorset, over half of which is designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Furthermore, there are countless historical and cultural sites to experience in the county, with the 12th Century Forde Abbey and the cheeky hill figure known as the Cerne Abbas Giant being popular destinations for visitors to the area.

While the terrain in Dorset may be varied, and in some instances quite challenging, there are a plentiful amount of walking routes to suit every age and skill level. So whether you are a beginner walker looking for a low-lying riverside adventure or a seasoned outdoor enthusiast wanting to tackle the rugged terrain along the Jurassic Coast, you will find that Dorset has all that you need for an unforgettable walking excursion in the southwest of England.

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The best hikes in Dorset

West Bay to Weymouth

01. West Bay to Weymouth
Difficulty

19.9mi 896ft 6.5-9h

Walking the South West Coast Path: West Bay to Weymouth is a lengthy adventure along… Read More

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Weymouth to Lulworth Cove

02. Weymouth to Lulworth Cove
Difficulty

11.1mi 1,637ft 4.5-6.5h

The South West Coast Path: Weymouth to Lulworth Cove is a rugged, yet beautifully scenic… Read More

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Lulworth Cove to Swanage

03. Lulworth Cove to Swanage
Difficulty

20.2mi 4,006ft 9-13h

Walking the South West Coast Path: Lulworth Cove to Swanage is a long and physically… Read More

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Swanage to Haven Point

04. Swanage to Haven Point
Difficulty

7.4mi 554ft 2.5-3.5h

Walking the South West Coast Path: Swanage to Haven Point is a beautifully scenic and… Read More

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Lulworth Cove to Durdle Door and Ringstead Bay Walk

05. Lulworth Cove to Durdle Door and Ringstead Bay Walk
Difficulty

7.0mi 1,729ft 3.5-5h

The Lulworth Cove to Durdle Door and Ringstead Bay Walk is an amazing walking route… Read More

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Langdon Hill and Golden Cap Walk

06. Langdon Hill and Golden Cap Walk
Difficulty

2.3mi 423ft 1-1.5h

The Langdon Hill and Golden Cap Walk is a beautifully scenic walking route in Dorset… Read More

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Melbury Downs Circular Walk

07. Melbury Downs Circular Walk
Difficulty

4.2mi 971ft 2-3h

The Melbury Downs Circular Walk is a fantastic outdoor excursion in Dorset that will allow… Read More

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Lulworth Cove to Flowers Barrow Circular Walk

08. Lulworth Cove to Flowers Barrow Circular Walk
Difficulty

6.7mi 1,644ft 3.5-4.5h

The Lulworth Cove to Flowers Barrow Circular Walk is a beautifully scenic, but challenging adventure… Read More

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Corfe Castle to Swanage Walk

09. Corfe Castle to Swanage Walk
Difficulty

7.8mi 1,201ft 3-4.5h

The Corfe Castle to Swanage Walk is a beautifully scenic walking route that will lead… Read More

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Isle of Portland Circular Walk

10. Isle of Portland Circular Walk
Difficulty

8.2mi 1,115ft 3.5-4.5h

Walking the Isle of Portland Circular Trail is a fun adventure along the Dorset Coast… Read More

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Yes, there are more than 10

Dorset is so beautiful that we can not give you only 10 hikes. So here is a list of bonus hikes in Dorset that you should take a look at as well

Forde Abbey Walk

11. Forde Abbey Walk
Difficulty

5.2mi 715ft 2-3h

The Forde Abbey Walk is a beautifully scenic adventure in Dorset, England that will lead… Read More

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Golden Cap Walk

12. Golden Cap Walk
Difficulty

4.1mi 958ft 2-3h

The Golden Cap Walk is an exceptional walking route in Dorset, England that will lead… Read More

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Durlston Head and Anvil Point Lighthouse Walk

13. Durlston Head and Anvil Point Lighthouse Walk
Difficulty

3.6mi 561ft 1.5-2h

The Durlston Head and Anvil Point Lighthouse Walk is a beautifully scenic adventure in Dorset… Read More

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Old Harry Rocks via Coast Path Walk

14. Old Harry Rocks via Coast Path Walk
Difficulty

9.0mi 1,132ft 3.5-5h

Walking the Old Harry Rocks via Coast Path is a fantastic outdoor experience in Dorset… Read More

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Minterne Magna Loop

15. Minterne Magna Loop
Difficulty

5.4mi 945ft 2.5-3.5h

The Minterne Magna Loop is a great walking route in the Dorset countryside that will… Read More

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