Winter walks in Dorset

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

Family walking in the woodland at Box Hill, Surrey

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

More than 135 gardens and parks are now open through advance booking, as well as hundreds of coast and countryside places. A number of houses are also open in England and Northern Ireland. Read this article to find out what's open and what to expect from your visit.

Sunrise at Studland Bay

Step into 2020 in Purbeck

Walking is a great way to experience the natural wonders of the Isle of Purbeck as well as starting the new year with a spring in your step.

Eye Bridge on the Kingston Lacy estate, Dorset

Walk at Eye Bridge, Kingston Lacy

An easy walk that starts from Eye Bridge and includes walking along a beautiful stretch of the Stour river with some interesting bird life.

The garden facade of Max Gate

Fancy exploring Hardy Country by foot? 

Take a stroll in Hardy's footsteps with our walking trails to retrace his steps.

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 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.

View over the island lagoon

Brownsea Island bird boats 

The National Trust has partnered with Dorset Wildlife Trust and the RSPB to bring you exclusive winter bird boat tours of Poole harbour and the island.