With breathtaking views, walking along the Dorset coast is extremely popular with locals and visitors.

With breathtaking views, walking along the Dorset coast is extremely popular with locals and visitors.   It is a great way to experience the local wildlife and see the geological features of the famous Jurassic coast.  There are many circular walks, with detailed descriptions, direcitons and maps, marked on the iCoast website. Walking routes range from short and easy to long and hilly, and everything in between. Choose a walk that you feel is within your limits with scenery you’ll enjoy.

What do I need?

When is the best time to do it?

Walks along the Dorset coast can be done at any time of year. You should check the weather using the iCoast map to make sure you can plan your walk for favourable conditions.


Dogs are welcome on many of the listed walks, as long as the owner controls the dog in a responsible manner;

The Dorset Dogs website gives lots of information on taking your dog into the countryside.

Go with a group

You might like to go walking on the Dorset coast with an organised group. Dorset has many different walking groups covering almost all parts of the County. They offer a range of lengths and types of walk. Some groups are quite local in nature, others cover a wider area.

Health walks

Walking for Health encourages more people to become physically active in their local communities offering regular short walks over easy terrain with trained walk leaders. Walking for Health (WfH) has over 600 local schemes contributing to improving the health of over 75,000 regular walkers nationwide. Their website has a walk finder facility.

University of the Third Age (U3A)

U3As are "self-help, self-managed lifelong learning co-operatives for older people no longer in full time work, providing opportunities for their members to share learning experiences in a wide range of interest groups and to pursue learning not for qualifications, but for fun". Many U3As have walking groups. The U3A website has a facility to find a U3A in your area.

Other rambling / walking groups and clubs

Walking the whole of the Dorset Coast