Discover the Top Dog Walks In Dorset

What makes Dorset one of best places for a pooch-friendly getaway is the abundance of walkies across coast and countryside. Bound along beautiful beaches, stride along dramatic coastline, or hike over hills with your furry friends. Here are some of our favourite dog walks in Dorset.

Uplyme to Lyme Regis

Dog running on Lyme Regis Beach
Dog running on Lyme Regis beach.

Snuffle along the banks of the River Lym on this easygoing circular route from Lyme Regis. A great summer walkies that veers away from the bustling heart of Lyme Regis, you can enjoy peace and quiet along the old packhorse route to the countryside hamlet of Uplyme, before returning to the seafront and seeking out a dog-friendly pub by the sea.

Thorncombe Woods

Just three miles from Dorchester, Thorncombe Woods is a fantastic spot for energetic dogs that want to thunder along trails and leap around in the leaves. With 26 acres to explore you can take a long and challenging route, or take it easy as you discover this stunning woodland that’s next to Hardy’s Cottage – the birthplace of novelist Thomas Hardy.

Lulworth Cove to Durdle Door

Dog-friendly holiday cottage, Last-minute summer holiday, Lulworth Cove, Dorset
Relaxing at Lulworth Cove

Just one of the jewels in Dorset’s heavy crown, Durdle Door is a natural rock arch clinging to a World Heritage Coastline sculpted by nature’s raw power. Skip along the coast path from lovely Lulworth Cove to capture its beauty on a stunning circular dog walk, combining hills and beaches, the magic of Durdle Door and a cooling dip in crystal clear waters, then paws for a doggie ice cream back at Lulworth Cove.

Okeford Hill

Rising amidst North Dorset’s AONB, just a little way south of Okeford Fitzpaine, Okeford Hill offers delightful doggie terrain away from the busy beaches. Scamper across the open countryside of Turnworth Down and follow a web of woodland trails from Brinsley Common on wild walkies away from the coast for a change of scene. 

Studland Bay, nr Swanage

Studland Bay Dorset

While Studland Bay is famous for being a naturist beach, its four miles of white sands welcome dogs year-round. Frolic in the sea foam with your four-legged friend, take a coastal yomp to the chalk giants of Old Harry Rocks, or roam inland through dunes and heathland. Whether you arrive via the chain ferry from Sandbanks or walk from Swanage, extend your doggie day out with a visit to nearby Corfe Castle – one of our must-see dog-friendly attractions in Dorset.

Melbury Downs

Discover more of Dorset’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at another splendid spot away from the crowds on the coast. Gambol across flowery downland with the dog, revelling in far-reaching views of ancient landscapes immortalised in Thomas Hardy’s novels. If you really want to feel the glow of the landscape, you’ll find one of the best displays of glow worms on Melbury Hill in mid-summer. 

Golden Cap Estate

Golden Cap

Looking to witness some of Dorset’s most impressive coastal scenery and scale the highest cliffs on the south coast with your hound at your heels? Lace up your boots for a challenging five-mile hike along the coast path from Charmouth to Seatown via Golden Cap. Or, if you want to bag the eye-popping views over Lyme Bay and Dartmoor without tackling the thigh-busting hills, set off closer to the summit from the National Trust car park at Langdon Hill or Stonebarrow, from where you and Rover can romp along 25 miles of footpaths circulating the Golden Cap estate. 

Whitchurch Canonicorum

If you and your dog are looking for an easygoing walk, why not swap the hills of the coast and countryside for a more level stroll along the River Char? Follow the footpath from Wootton Fitzpaine towards Whitchurch Canonicorum, paws-ing to pop into the ancient ‘Cathedral of the Vale’ and take a look at the shrine to St Whit. 

Walking boots at the ready to experience the top dog walks in Dorset? 

Check out our collection of dog-friendly cottages in Dorset and book your next getaway with your family and four-legged friend in this beautiful holiday destination.

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