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Two visitors walk along the South West Coast Path to Old Harry with misty views behind them, at Studland Bay, Dorset
Exploring the countryside in Dorset | © National Trust Images / Jon Bish

Countryside areas in Dorset

Explore outdoor places in Dorset this autumn and enjoy woodland trails, open countryside and summits with far-reaching views. Spend time with the family in the crisp, fresh, air for a great day out.

Countryside and woodland areas to visit in Dorset

Step outside and enjoy time with the family this autumn

A view across the rolling, grassy landscape of Compton Down at Fontmell and Melbury Downs, Dorset
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Fontmell and Melbury Downs 

Fontmell and Melbury Downs in Dorset is a landscape for all seasons. Discover the array of wildlife and archaeological features to explore.

Woodland views at Golden Cap, Dorset
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Golden Cap 

The Golden Cap estate has miles of footpaths to explore with plenty of highlights to enjoy along the way. Discover woodlands with coast and countryside views.

Walking at Comer Woods, Dudmaston, Shropshire
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Pilsdon Pen 

Ideal for short walks with panoramic distant views towards Somerset and Dartmoor. The hillfort is traversed by the Jubilee Trail, the Monarch’s Way and the Wessex Ridgeway.

Beaminster, Dorset

Fully open today
Footpath through woodland at Lewesdon Hill, Dorset
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Lewesdon Hill 

Lewesdon Hill is a fantastic spot for a walk and the National Trust's highest point in Dorset. Climb to the top through woodland for far-reaching countryside views from the summit.

Beaminster, Dorset

Fully open today
An aerial view of Hambledon Hill and the surrounding countryside, Dorset in winter
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Things to see and do at Hambledon Hill 

From panoramic views to ancient landmarks, there’s much to see and do at Hambledon Hill, an Iron Age hillfort that’s now a national nature reserve.

View over Blackmore Vale from Hod Hill, Dorset
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Hod Hill 

Dorset's largest hill fort renowned for its downland wildlife

Nr Blandford Forum, Dorset

Fully open today
Aerial view of the Cerne Giant on a Dorset hillside near Cerne Abbas
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Cerne Giant 

Ancient naked figure sculpted into the chalk hillside above Cerne Abbas

Cerne Abbas, Dorset

Fully open today
Visitors walking along the remains of the ramparts and ditches of the iron age hill fort at Badbury Rings, Dorset
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Badbury Rings 

Iron Age hillfort home to protected wildlife

An early morning view across Corfe Castle, Dorset in winter

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