Walking on Portland and South Dorset

With over 3000 miles of public right of way Dorset has many spectacular walks for all ages and fitness levels. You are spoilt for choice on whether to pick a coastal walk, for Dorset lies at the start of the South West Coast Path or venture inland and explore Dorset’s stunning scenery.

Each wednesday there is a guided walk that starts right outside of the Heights Hotel. Each walk lasts around 90 minutes and covers roughly 2 miles and is packed full of information regarding the wildlife, history and geology of the area. These walks are guided by Bob Ford who also runs our wildlife weekends so if you have enjoyed his guided walk why not take a look at the bird, butterfly and jurassic breaks he runs. For more information on the walks Bob runs on a weekly basis and what has been seen during the walks please look at his website dorsetwalks.com.

For those people that want to explore Portland on foot then you are spoilt for choice. Indeed the walking on Portland looks to be getting even better in the future as Portland Gas Trust has just committed to restoring the missing link in the South West Coast Path making it possible to walk the entire circuit of Portland for the first time in more than 20 years. Walkers looking for slightly less miles to cover can use a publication specifically produced to not only get you walking in interesting parts of Portland but also tell you about the history and wildlife of the area. This book, produced by the Portland Stone Experience, is available to purchase from our reception.

Move in land and you will have to plan your trip carefully as there is just so much choice. Combine your walk perhaps with Dorset’s many places of outstanding natural beauty or sites of special scientific interest (many sites on Portland too!) such as Fontmell Down or Cerne Abbas. Indeed, you could combine an interest in archaeology with your walk and visite Abbotsbury Castle, Badbury Rings, Maiden Castle or Hod Hill. Or maybe combine your trip with an interest and explore on foot the areas written about by Thomas Hardy. The list is almost endless and a simple search on any search engine for walks in Dorset will have you happily strolling for weeks in this beautiful county without ever having to retrace your steps.