Spring walks in Dorset

Here are some suggestions of our favourite places to take a spring walk in Dorset. From coast to island, hill to castle, there's lots of places to explore on foot.

Red squirrel on Brownsea Island, Dorset.

Brownsea Island wildlife walk

There is plenty of wildlife and history to discover on this walk. Catch a glimpse of a rare red squirrel or discover traces of Brownsea's once industrial past.

Corfe Castle seen from the south west

Spring walks in Purbeck

Three great walks to enjoy the best of Purbeck in the springtime. Longer days mean more time to explore further afield while the woodlands and wildflower meadows are bursting into life.

Children running along the sand dunes trail at Studland Beach, Dorset

Studland Beach sand dunes trail

A family friendly marked circular trail through the dunes. Look out for the seahorse sculpture, great sea views and wildlife along the way.

Thorncombe Woods in its autumnal beauty

A walk in Hardy's footsteps

Enjoy a walk through Hardy's woods with this selection of trails.

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.

A family walking on Corfe Common with the castle in the background

Corfe Common History Walk

A gentle circular walk exploring the historic landscape around Corfe Castle.

King Alfred's Tower surrounded by orchids

Stourhead King Alfred’s Tower walk

This is a circular walk of historic interest which takes you up through beautiful woodlands to King Alfred’s Tower and returning through Park Hill Camp Iron Age Hill Fort and Turner’s Paddock.

Beautiful yellow gorse

Walk at Holt Heath, Kingston Lacy

The walk explores this important lowland heath, which is one of the largest areas of its type in Dorset. All six of Britain's reptile species are found here.