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Walks & Wildlife on the Dorset Coast

Discover Dorset’s breathtaking walks and encounter diverse wildlife along our picturesque coastline.

Walk our world-famous coast!

Whether you're looking for a scenic hike or a leisurely stroll, Dorset’s famous coastline won’t disappoint.  

Embark on a journey through Dorset’s iconic and ancient coastal landscape, offering an ideal walking experience along England's only natural World Heritage Site.  

Dorset’s section of the Jurassic Coast provides some of the most jaw dropping scenery and views that will live long in your heart and is a favourite destination for walkers and nature lovers alike. You'll find evidence of times gone by, when giants roamed the earth, and you might just find your own fossil. 

Notable landscape features along Dorset’s coastline include the impressive shingle bar of Chesil Beach, the semi-freshwater lagoon at Fleet, the impressive lighthouse on Portland, the iconic arch of Durdle Door and the soft white chalk of Old Harry Rocks

In addition to fascinating heritage and awe-inspiring views, the Dorset Coast oozes classic seaside charm, with places like Lyme Regis, Weymouth and Swanage to explore.  Stroll along seafronts and around harbours and soak in the atmosphere whilst admiring the view. 

Walks & Wildlife on the Dorset Coast Walks & Wildlife on the Dorset Coast
Walks & Wildlife on the Dorset Coast

Dorset’s incredible landscapes

Nestled along the stunning Dorset coastline are a myriad nature reserves offering a sanctuary for nature enthusiasts and those seeking tranquillity by the sea. 

The sand dunes at Studland’s Shell Bay and Knoll Beach separate the gorgeous sandy beaches from the national nature reserve of Studland and Godlingston Heath. From the beach you’ll be able to glimpse the outlines of Old Harry Rocks and the Isle of Wight whilst on the heath, there are nature trails and footpaths to follow for breath-taking views and encounters with local wildlife. 

Set against the beautiful backdrop of Poole Harbour and within the Dorset National Landscape is RSPB Arne, home to BBC’s Springwatch in 2023. This spectacular reserve is at the heart of the UK’s first ever ‘super National Nature Reserve’ and is famous for its wide, open heathlands and rare species such as the Dartford Warbler, Nightjar and Sand Lizard. Birds of prey like the White-tailed Eagle and Osprey are also regularly seen which makes a visit to the reserve an absolute treat for nature lovers. 

Walks & Wildlife on the Dorset Coast
Walks & Wildlife on the Dorset Coast Walks & Wildlife on the Dorset Coast

Dorset's coastal nature reserves invite exploration!

Durlston Country Park, located just one mile from Swanage is a 320-acre haven of rural beauty boasting breathtaking sea-cliffs, coastal limestone downland, charming hay meadows, hedgerows, and woodland. Immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring vistas, explore the varied walking trails and observe captivating wildlife.  

Dorset's diverse nature reserves promise not only breathtaking scenery but also a chance to connect with the rich biodiversity that flourishes in these protected landscapes. These reserves offer a gateway to the beauty of Dorset's coastal wonders.