Are you dreaming of a relaxing autumn or winter break in the countryside? At this time of year, we want to cosy up, take bracing walks, kick through the autumn leaves and then retire to an open fire in a charming country cottage, and Dorset just so happens to be the perfect spot to do just that!
Not only is it filled with perfect little picturesque villages, old smugglers inns, tea rooms and country markets, but Dorset is also home to some unique geology and natural habitats, including the famous Jurassic coast, England’s only natural world heritage site.
Some of the best Dorset walks along the South West Coastal Path, which runs along the Jurassic Coast, take in the beautiful natural geological formations, such as the Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove. Then there are the instantly recognisable chalk sea stacks of Old Harry and his wife. A walk along the clifftop facing Old Harry’s rocks will reward you with views across Poole Harbour to Bournemouth and the Isle of Wight and then a much deserved respite at the Bankes Arms pub which completes this clifftop stroll.
To really make the most of the beautiful autumnal colours, a woodland walk cannot be beaten. There is a fantastic circular woodland walk through Langdon Hill woodland on the Golden Cap Estate, entirely rich in wildlife and with glorious coastal and countryside views. Park up at Langdon Hill car park in Morcombelake near Bridport and begin your stroll. If you are lucky you will see buzzards and ravens soaring overhead.
The Weymouth and Portland Legacy Trail is a lovely way to explore Dorset. You can do the whole trail which is 20km long, from Littlemoor through to Portland Bill or you can visit the main sites by bicycle, bus or car. The whole walk takes in all the places on the Wild about Weymouth and Portland postcards and there are ten circular walks from each spot. The postcards each feature the wildlife that can be seen from each place, from Barn Owls at Lorton Meadows, Little Tern birds at Chesil Beach, Kestrels at the Merchants Incline, Starling on the Esplanade and Razorbill on the Portland Bill. Take your pick from this fantastic wildlife selection and head to these beautiful Weymouth and Portland areas for your fill of enriching wildlife.
As well as the stunning natural wonders of landscape and wildlife, Dorset is also rich in history. A walk near the majestic Corfe Castle is the perfect excuse not only to enjoy the green rolling landscape which surrounds the ruins, but also to stop off in the pretty village of Corfe. This quaint, historic village is a lovely place to finish your walk and reward yourself with a pint of local ale, or a traditional cream tea.
If beautiful brisk walks appeal to you and you would like to choose a cottage to rent in an idyllic walking spot, then do ask our Dream Dorset Cottages team who will be delighted to advise you. If you want to bring your dog then we have many dog friendly cottages so be sure to check out the cottage descriptions before you book.Email us your story