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Walking

Discover Dorset's countryside on foot.

Dorset's stunning countryside has almost 3,000 miles of public rights of way to explore. Walking is a great way to see our varied landscape, from countryside vistas to towns, villages and coastal paths.

  • Walking routes and trails

    With miles of paths and trails in Dorset, find long and short distance routes in your area.

  • Health walks

    Regular short guided health walks take place every week throughout Dorset to help keep you fit and healthy. These free walks offer a great opportunity to get out in the fresh air and meet new people.

  • Open access in the countryside

    You can access some land across England without having to use paths - this land is known as 'open access land' or 'access land'.

  • Public rights of way

    There are almost 3,000 miles of public rights of way in Dorset, made up of approximately 4,700 footpaths, 1,700 bridleways and 37 byways open to all traffic.

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