January jaunts in Dorset

Poole Harbour is a haven for migrating birds in the winter and we’ve teamed up with Dorset Wildlife Trust and the RSPB to offer the chance to see one of Britain’s best wildlife spectacles from the water. Back on dry land, you can explore the best of Dorset on foot. We've chosen some of our favourite walks - from inspiring coastlines to ancient hill forts.

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Coronavirus update 

From end of Tuesday 24 March, we closed all our car parks to further restrict the spread of coronavirus. This followed the decision to close our parks and gardens in addition to our houses, shops and cafes. We urge people to stay local and observe social distancing. Please do not travel.

View over the island lagoon

Brownsea Island bird boats 

The National Trust has partnered with Dorset Wildlife Trust and the RSPB to bring you exclusive winter bird boat tours of Poole harbour and the island.

Old Harry Rocks, Dorset

Old Harry Rocks walk

Breathtaking views of the Jurassic coast and unique rock formations await you on this circular pub walk.

Visitors at the Badbury Rings at Kingston Lacy, Dorset

Walk at Badbury Rings and The Oaks, Kingston Lacy

A fascinating walk discovering the history, flora and fauna of the ancient Iron Age hill fort of Badbury Rings and The Oaks wood.

Sea views from south Purbeck

Spyway Sea Saunter

This flat, circular walk in south Purbeck takes you out across rich grasslands with great sea views and some unusual sculptures.

A view towards Corfe Castle from the Purbeck Ridgeway

The Purbeck Ridgeway - Corfe Castle to the coast

A walk along the roof of Purbeck taking in Corfe Castle and Old Harry with the option to return by steam train on the Swanage Railway

A view out to sea from the south Purbeck coast

East Man Walk

The legacy of medieval farming and one of the best loved pubs in Dorset add interest to this gentle walk to the coast with fine sea views

The avenue of beech trees leading to Kingston Lacy

Walk at the Beech Avenue and Droves, Kingston Lacy

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

Visitors birdwatching at the Rees Cox Hide in Studland, Dorset

Studland woodland walk

On this walk in the woods, discover some of the birds and animals that make Studland their home.

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 hill fort has wide ranging views over rural Dorset and is home to wildflowers and butterflies.