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

Spring is a great time to visit Brownsea Island. The red squirrels can be seen looking for food and becoming more active as the sun warms up, birds are either leaving after the winter or returning for the summer and trees begin to blossom.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.