Winter walks in Dorset

Here are some suggestions of Dorset's top wintry walks. There's plenty of places choose from with coastal rambles, formal garden strolls and countryside walks.

Family walking in the woodland at Castle Ward, County Down

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. Following the latest government guidance, all houses in England and Northern Ireland are closed. We're reopening our places in Wales from Monday 9 November for visitors who live in Wales in line with Welsh government guidelines following the firebreak lockdown. To avoid disappointment please book in advance, especially at weekends and school holidays. Please check the property webpage of the place you wish to visit before you travel. Find out how to book and what to expect from your visit.

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 twelve downloadable way-marked walks and start exploring?

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).

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

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.

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.

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.

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.