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Walking in West Dorset

Find routes and maps for walking trails in and around West Dorset.

  • South West Coast Path

    The Dorset Coast Path forms part of the 630 mile South West Coast Path National Trail. Dramatic landscapes and seascapes are revealed with every twist and turn along this coastal walk.

  • South Dorset Ridgeway

    Part of the South West Coast Path National Trail, the South Dorset Ridgeway passes through the ceremonial landscape of South Dorset. You will be following in the footsteps of the people who lived here over 5,000 years ago. With the exception of one or two short sections the route affords superb coastal views virtually along its entirety.

  • Wessex Ridgeway

    The Wessex Ridgeway Trail is a magnificent ridge-top route crossing Dorset's rural heartland. The trail offers vistas across the county and breathtaking views far beyond. The majority of the route straddles a long chalk ridge but in places is broken up by small rounded hills and secluded valleys. Each section of the trail has its own unique identity and its delights to explore.

  • Cerne Valley Way

    This circular walk takes in the hamlets and villages of Minterne Magna, Cerne Abbas, Nether Cerne, Godmanstone, Forston and Charminster.

  • Frome Valley Trail

    Starting at Evershot, the second highest village in Dorset, this walk meanders close to the River Frome towards Poole Harbour. The walking route also passes through Chilfrome, Maiden Newton, Bradford Peverell, Charminster and Dorchester.

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