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Walking in 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.

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.

Kingston Maurward Walkabouts

Enjoy a 'Park and Stride' from Kingston Maurward to two of Thomas Hardy's homes.

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.

Thorncombe Wood Walkabouts

A selection of routes to explore around the landscape that Thomas Hardy grew up in and was inspired by.

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