Autumn walks in Dorset

An autumnal walk, crunching through fallen leaves, breathing in the cool crisp air and seeing the colours of the changing season, is a joy. There are so many places to explore on foot - we have selected a few of our favourites.

Walkers in woodland at Studland Bay

Walking at Studland this autumn

Experience Studland’s secret woodland where shy deer hide and the scent of mushrooms fills the air. See what you can spot from our bird hides then stop off at Knoll Beach café to warm up by the wood burning stove.

Red squirrel on Brownsea Island, Dorset
Walking trail

Brownsea, Dorset 

Brownsea’s unspoiled landscape provides a peaceful haven for visitors seeking a bit of autumn colour. From sweet chestnuts and beeches to hazel trees and scarlet oaks from North America, there are a whole range of bright hues to enjoy. Even the local wildlife adds to the vibrant atmosphere, with migrant redstarts and the local population of red squirrels as the stars of the show. This easy walk will take you round the island to enjoy all the delights of the season, with sweeping coastal views thrown in for good measure.

A group of walkers in the fields above Cogden and Burton Bradstock

A winter nature walk at West Bexington

Enjoy a winter leg stretch on the Jurassic Coast and discover an area rich in wildlife.

The avenue of beech trees leading to Kingston Lacy

Walk at the Beech Avenue and Droves, Kingston Lacy

A walk round the beautiful network of droves and along the stunning 1835 Beech Avenue and back along the outskirts of the Kingston Lacy parkland.

Ruby Red Devon cattle at Kingston Lacy, Dorset

Kingston Lacy Park walk from Pamphill Green

A walk from Pamphill Green through Kingston Plantation to Kingston Lacy House where you can view American hospital remains and St Stephen’s Church.

Rose hips along Heron Drove on the Kingston Lacy estate

Walk at Badbury Rings and High Wood, Kingston Lacy

Discover some of the history, flora and fauna of the ancient Iron Age hill fort of Badbury Rings and High Wood on this walk.

A lone walker in the long grass on the north rampart at Hod Hill

A circuit of Hod Hill

Perched high above a meander on the River Stour, this superb hill fort has the greatest views over rural Dorset and is home to spectacular wildflowers and butterflies.

Sunlight shining through the trees onto the path around Langdon Hill

Langdon Hill walk

A circular woodland walk through the wildlife rich Langdon Hill woodland on the Golden Cap Estate in West Dorset, with beautiful coastal and countryside views.