Teresa Lines loves walking around her local area and along the Scottish coast. Having developed an immense appreciation for Dorset’s picturesque countryside, Terri Lines enjoys exploring the county in her spare time. This article will provide an overview of some of the most popular walking routes Dorset has to offer and the spectacular natural attractions that can be seen there.

Home to some of the best walks in the United Kingdom including numerous coastal paths following the Jurassic Coast, Dorset attracts walkers from across Britain and beyond, boasting stunning circular walks for ramblers of all abilities.

Old Harry Rocks is a fairly gentle walk that caters for walkers of moderate ability. There are usually good conditions underfoot. The walk is dog friendly, although canine companions must be kept under close control. Visitors must beware of sheer cliffs found at Old Harry Rocks and on the approach.

Leading walkers across the Jurassic Coast’s undulating terrain, the Langdon Hill and Golden Cap Walk meanders along the forested slopes of Langdon Hill before ascending to the Golden Cap. Ideal for those seeking a quick adventure with stunning views, this route is an easy-going hike that does not incorporate much in the way of challenging terrain. Although there is a modest incline leading up to the Golden Cap, this requires only a reasonable level of fitness thanks to a series of steps that lead up and down the hill. An awesome low-effort route, the Langdon-Hill and Golden Cap Walk leads walkers to the Golden Cap’s heather-covered summit, providing some exceptional coastal views.

The Lulworth Cove to Durdle Door and Ringstead Bay Walk leads walkers west from Lulworth Cove, traversing the rugged coast to reach the old lookout point above Ringstead. From here, the trail leads downhill past Bat’s Head and Durdle Door. An exceptional route for those seeking to squeeze several coastal highlights into a single walk, the route does incorporate some relatively rugged terrain and can be challenging at times. Walkers are advised to come dressed appropriately, with proper walking boots and walking poles to avoid wear and tear on their knees. It is also advisable to bring along plenty of snacks and water to stay well fuelled and hydrated on this intermediate length route.

The Durlston Head and Anvil Point Lighthouse Walk offers some superb views across the English Channel, trailing past several historic buildings, including the 19th century Durlston Castle. Walkers meander along the coastline until they reach Anvil Point Lighthouse, an impressive construction dating back to 1881 fashioned from local stone. Although this walk is largely family friendly, it does incorporate some fairly steep portions that could prove challenging for less-mobile walkers. Visitors should ensure they wear appropriate footwear, enabling them to better traverse this rugged coastal trail.

The Corfe Castle to Swanage Walk is another renowned route that leads hikers along Purbeck Ridge, where they can enjoy elevated views of Dorset’s stunning landscapes. Leading through Corfe Castle village and providing picture-perfect views of the castle itself, the trail climbs uphill, following Purbeck Ridge, where ramblers can enjoy breathtaking views all the way to Swanage. Walkers need to be aware that this is a one-way trail, meaning that they will need to make travel arrangements for the return journey, presenting a prime opportunity to utilise the Swanage Heritage Railway. While most of the route is easy and straightforward to tackle, the walk does incorporate some sections of steep terrain as walkers ascend and descend Purbeck Ridge, making the Corfe Castle to Swanage Walk a challenging route for beginner adventurers. Nevertheless, even with its steep inclines, the walk presents an exceptional adventure that showcases the rugged beauty of the Dorset coastline.