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Autumnal walks in Dorset

One of the most beautiful seasons to walk in the countryside is autumn. The warmth of magnificent autumn colours reflecting in woodlands, by the lake, river or the sea, are the most striking in this season. It’s a delight for walkers and photographers, why not to get your boots a bit muddy, listen to the sound of leaves under your feet and inhale some crisp and fresh air.

Dorset offers walks, trails, local footpaths and bridleways spread throughout the county for you to enjoy. Coastal villages are linked with cliff tops, lagoon and beaches full of wildlife to spot. Dig into Dorset’s rich history of farming, smuggling, quarrying, and fishing – it’s so interesting to understand the impact it had on the land we walk on today.

I’ve asked my colleagues to pick their most favourite Dorset walks to share with you – as you know, we love Dorset and want you to experience the best it has to offer whilst staying in one of our lovely cottages.

Joy, Sales & Marketing Director:

‘Up to St. Catherine’s Chapel.  Beautiful across the fields and you can go into the chapel on the hill.

Walk through the pretty Dorset village of Abbotsbury, pay a visit to its tropical gardens and the sanctuary of mute swans. On your way to St. Catherine’s chapel you will pass the ruins of the great Abbotsbury Abbey dating back to XI century. The monks of this abbey built a retreat and a place of pilgrimage – St. Catherine’s Chapel in XIV century. It offers stunning views across Dorset countryside as well as the Isle of Portland, Chesil beach and Lyme Bay.’

English Heritage website

Fiona, Property Acquisition Manager:

‘One of my favourite walks is Langdon Woods and Golden Cap.

This is my favourite walk as you get to see fantastic Dorset countryside, a magical ancient forest and glimpses of the sea as well, and the bonus at the end of the walk if you climb up to the top of Golden Cap is that you get a fantastic view of the entire Jurassic Coast along to Portland on one side and along to Lyme Regis and beyond on the other. Highly recommended!’

National Trust website

Hayley, Marketing Photographer:

‘It’s very hard to choose a favourite walk with so many to choose from.

Rodwell Trail is a short walk from Wyke Regis to the town centre of Weymouth. Accessible for all ages and abilities, suitable for scooters, bicycles and mobility scooters, it’s a lovely nature trail to spot wildlife.

Tout Quarry in the Isle of Portland is another favourite walk for us as the kids and dogs love it. The kids love finding all the sculptures and carvings and there are lots of places to explore and hide. The dogs love a game of hide and seek.’

Dorset for you website

Learning stone website

Angela, Weekend Property Manager:

‘My favourite place now is The Sculpture by Lakes at Pallington, 6 miles East of Dorchester.

This place has so much to offer for a lovely walk, beautiful gardens with artwork. It has a lovely café with a locally sourced (wherever possible) menu! There is a beautiful relaxing outside space for eating on a nice day with deckchairs for contemplating and admiring the views. They also run various courses in the barns – make sure to check for opening hours in the autumn.’

Sculpture by the lakes website

Giedre, Marketing Coordinator:

‘The South West Coast path around the Isle of Portland – explore the uniqueness of the island and watch the migrating birds in autumn. The stone of the island has been used extensively in major public buildings in London such as St Paul’s Cathedral and Buckingham Palace.

Start near the Chesil beach centre and follow the path around the isle which is a gem to relax and forget about daily routine. Rugged cliffs, waves crashing to the shore, hidden coves and dramatic views will keep you entertained the whole journey. I tend to go off the path most of the times, go down from the cliff and dip in the sea. If you have a chance, explore the quarries now turned in to nature reserves. The main attractions along the way are Portland Bill Lighthouse (there are 3 lighthouses in total and one of them is a Bird Watching Observatory), Chesil Cove with the striking and beautiful Rufus Castle, XIII century church ruins and Portland Museum with many fossils to look at.’

South West Coast Path website

As it’s autumn, make sure you wear appropriate clothes and boots. Why not venture on one of our walks? Let us know about your experience by tagging us on social media or just send us an email. We always love to hear from you!