Summer walks in Dorset

Walking in Dorset is a treat. You'll find amazing views across coast and countryside, woodland glades, history and archaeology galore and flora and fauna in abundance. Why not try one of our favourite Dorset walks?

Old Harry Rocks, Dorset

Old Harry Rocks walk

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

A view towards Corfe Castle from the Purbeck Ridgeway

The Purbeck Ridgeway walk: Corfe Castle to the coast

This walk along the roof of Purbeck takes in Corfe Castle and Old Harry with the option to return by steam train on the Swanage Railway (when operating).

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 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. Please be aware that to visit the castle, you'll need to book your visit.

View towards Portland from above Cogden on an overcast day

The Cogden Circular

An easy circular walk at Cogden, Burton Bradstock including a stretch of the South West Coast Path.

A marsh fritillary butterfly close up

Hod Hill butterfly walk

An easy walk around half of a hilltop Iron Age hill fort, after either a steep slope ascent or a longer ascent up a gentler slope.

Which places are open and what you need to know before you visit 

More than 100 gardens and parks and hundreds of coast and countryside places are open in England and Northern Ireland. Many historic houses are open in England. To avoid disappointment please book in advance, especially at weekends and school holidays. In line with Welsh Government legislation, all places in Wales will close from 24 October to 9 November. Please check the property webpage of the place you wish to visit before you travel. Read this article to find out how to book and what to expect from your visit.

Places to visit in the South West 

Find out which other gardens and outdoor spaces we care for in the South West are open by county, and how to book to visit.