Walks in Dorset

Here are some suggestions of Dorset's top walks to see spring flowers blooming and the countryside waking up after winter. There's plenty of places choose from with coastal rambles, formal garden strolls and countryside walks.

Visiting this spring 

In England and Northern Ireland, our gardens, parks and countryside remain open for local people to exercise. Shops, houses and other indoor areas are closed, and cafés are takeaway only. The safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors from the nearby community remains our priority and we urge you to book your visits in advance and stay local. All places in Wales are currently closed. Please check the property webpage before you travel.

National Trust woodland with people

Walking on the estate

Did you know we have 8,500 acres of unspoilt countryside at Kingston Lacy? Why not download one of our 12 downloadable way-marked walks and start exploring?

The South West Coast Path in south Purbeck

South Purbeck cliffs walk

A walk on the south Purbeck cliffs in Dorset including Spyway Barn, Dancing Ledge, East Man and Worth Matravers.

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.

Three female walkers on the top of Golden Cap on a cold, sunny day

Golden Cap: the short route

A three mile walk from Langdon Hill car park

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).

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 coastal and countryside views.

A female walker on the coast path near Burton Bradstock on a sunny day in early April

Burton Bradstock coast path walk

Enjoy a circular walk at Burton Bradstock which includes a stretch of the South West Coast Path with views of the Jurassic Coast.