It’s National Walking Month so we’re going to start the month off with a quick guide to our Top 5 local walks around our area.
And if you like the sound of them enough to want to get your walking boots on, then the amazing people at iFootpath have written out step by step instructions for these and loads more Dorset walks so you can visit their website (link below) or use their app to find your way around with no fear of getting lost or - if your family is anything like my family - having a row about whose fault it is that you’re lost!!
iFootpath Dorset Walking Routes
NUMBER 1: Osmington White Horse
Well our Number 1 had to be the Osmington White Horse route, as you walk straight out of the door of Corner Cottage to do this one.
It’s a 4 mile route, with a Difficulty Rating of 3 – primarily due to the possibility of being quite muddy in some areas and also a section of steep climb, but the views over the coast make it worth every huff and every puff in our opinion!
NUMBER 2: Lawrence of Arabia Trail
This route is a real winner at this time of year: truly beautiful - and mercifully, mainly flat - 8 mile route taking in Lawrence of Arabia's home and final resting place as it winds its way through the Dorset countryside.
Clear route markers will guide you along this historic trail and by the time you reach the end you will be both fitter and wiser - sounds like a winning combination to me!
NUMBER 3: Abbotsbury Hills and Coast
You'll want to be feeling fit and healthy for this one as it has a Difficulty Rating of 4 because there are stiles, muddy bits and steep bits... and at 8 miles long, it's also just more of a trek compared to some of the others. You'll also want to watch out if your dog is still a wolf at heart as there is livestock along the route.
If you're still feeling tough enough to take this one on, then it's well worth it because it does what it says on the tin - but if hills and coast are your idea of an ideal walk then this is the one for you!
NUMBER 4: Portland Lighthouses
We had to include this one as the famous Portland Bill lighthouse is one of the most recognisable symbols of our area, and the views are epic.
Taking in all 3 Portland lighthouses along this 4 mile route, with a Difficulty Rating of 3, please be sure to take care along the high, narrow sections of the coast path.
NUMBER 5: Durdle Door and Swyre Head (and Lulworth Cove too by the way)
This has to be one of the most stunning parts of the Dorset Coast, and I'm going to stretch that to say that it's one of the most stunning parts not only of the entire World Heritage Jurassic Coast, but also of the UK Coast as attested to by the good folks at UNESCO!
Starting from Lulworth Cove, this route is utterly fabulous from start to finish, taking in some internationally recognised landmarks and the very best of both coast and countryside.
Not to be missed - but brace yourselves - it's 4 miles of hard work with a DIfficulty Rating of 4 but utterly worthwhile, not only for the amazing views but also because by the time you get back to the car you will have earned yourself a little treat in one of Lulworth Cove's gorgeous pubs or ice cream shops...
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