Where will your next dog adventure in Dorset take you?
Any dog owner knows that a dogs second favourite thing after eating is a great walk and in Dorset we are spoilt for choice. Our avid dog owners have compiled a list of some of our favourites.
The South West Coast Path running through Weymouth and Portland, it takes in dramatic coastal views, cliff tops, lagoons and villages along the way, this impressive trail stretches along the entire south west of England. If it’s a gentler walk you are looking for then try The Rodwell trail, this scenic 3.5km trail takes in the old Weymouth railway and Sandsfoot Castle, with views of the Isle of Portland and Portland harbour.
To the South and West
Aside from stunning scenic coastal walks, Dorset is full of ancient forests you can walk, we recommend Thornecombe Woods. Step in to the world of Thomas Hardy and wander his childhood woodland home. This designated ancient woodland has easy access paths and even a Roman road running through it. Adjacent to Thorncombe Woods is Puddle Town Forest, this large woodland is a mix of heath land and wild flowers, it also offers stunning views on higher ground.
To the East
Wareham Forest Way, with beautiful views, shady glens and an Iron age hill fort Wareham forest encompasses all you need in a woodland walk. For exceptional coastal views Lulworth Cove with its steep hills and flat beaches is the perfect opportunity to let you dog explore, with a quick one mile walk you can reach Dorset’s famous Durdle Door and Man O’War beaches, if you are very lucky you may even find Dorset Tea’s pop up tea stop, where you can sit back and admire the views with a hot cup of tea.
For country walks Durlston Country Park has it all, just south of Swanage, it is 320 acres of national nature reserve, with an abundance of trails taking in an array of diverse wildlife, a castle and views of Purbeck, there is a walk to suit every dog and owner. For a more unusual walk try Tyneham Village and Worbarrow Bay, where time stopped still in 1943. You can walk around this preserved village where the last inhabitants were evacuated during World War II, open most weekends and public holidays, dogs must be on a lead but it is a fascinating place to visit, a 20 minutes stroll takes you to Worbarrow Bay, an unspoilt location where your dog can happily paddle.
We know that Dorset is full of beautiful beaches, bays, coves and fleets, that are perfect for a dog walk (or swim) We also know it can be confusing as to which beaches allow dogs and at which time of year, that’s why we have a created a handy guide for you.
* Please do check with Dorset Tourist information prior to visiting any beach and always adhere to the beach signs in place.
Dog friendly beaches all year round.
Chesil Bank and the fleet lagoon
Charmouth East & West
Durdle Door & Man O’War
West Bay – Dogs allowed between Oct 1st and April 30th
Weymouth main beach -Dogs allowed between Nov 1st – Maundy Thursday
Lyme Regis – Dogs allowed between Oct 1st – April 30th
Swanage – Dogs allowed between Oct 1st – April 30th
* This restriction information is correct as of publishing date but always check beach signs and local council websites for clarification
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