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Walking & Cycling

Rudge Farm is an ideal base to explore the many picturesque walking routes across West Dorset. It’s also a great place to take the bike.


Walking around Dorset

West Dorset has an array of beautiful walking trails along its 3,000 miles of rights of way, making it a popular destination for ramblers as well as a gentle family stroll. Over recent years the many footpaths and bridleways have been improved with thousands of new signposts and many paths have been cleared.

There are walks for everyone including the South West Coast Path which stretches 73 miles from Lyme Regis to Poole Harbour passing dramatic coastline such as Durdle Door. Along the South West Coast path you will encounter Golden Cap, which at 626 feet is the highest point on the south coast and provides views for many miles along the stunning coastline towards Lyme Regis and East Devon.

Inland there are many interesting trails where you can enjoy the rolling countryside and Dorset’s picturesque villages. The most popular paths and routes through West Dorset are the South Dorset Ridgeway, the Cerne Valley Way and the South West Coast Path.

There are also a number of local National Trust walks in Dorset, close to Rudge Farm Cottages, which will allow you to see some of Dorset’s unique geology and natural habitats whilst enjoying the Jurassic coast and countryside.

Cycling around Dorset

Rudge Farm Cottages is the perfect place for you to discover the surrounding area by getting on your bike and getting great exercise going up one of the many hills! You can cycle along the country lanes and discover many of Dorset’s picturesque villages such as Beaminster or visit one of the seaside towns such as West Bay or Seatown.

For the leisure cyclist a country pub is never far away and there are several cycle hire companies in the area. For the more energetic cyclist there are demanding routes on and off road which will provide both a challenge and a chance to explore the stunning countryside.

Find out more about exploring Dorset

What Our Guests Say...

My family has stayed here many times including two visits this year. The cottages are very nice and have everything you need. They are user friendly and you don't feel continuous panic if you have young children there! The grounds and setting are completely stunning. My family and I lay in the garden outside our cottage and listened to the sound of the birds wings whirring through the air as they sped around the buildings. We are talking seriously peaceful!

Craig, London

Great family fun - We had a great family trip with 14 of us sharing three adjacent cottages to celebrate a family birthday. Whilst we were only there for two nights, the facilities on site were great and kept the three children entertained and busy.

Simon, Cambridge

If your looking for a peaceful holiday in the deep countryside this is perfect.The wildlife is great with so much to see and the most wonderful walks on your doorstep.Pigsty cottage was excellent for us and the view from the cottage was stunning.

Toby, Carmarthen

The kids absolutely loved our stay and it really was the perfect family holiday.

Paula and David, Midlands

Loved our holiday. Lots to keep our little one entertained, tennis, games room, trampoline, rowing boats, fishing, playing in the meadow, the ducks and woodland walks. Cottage lovely clean and had everything we needed. We went to Burton Bradstock beach, monkey world, dinosaur & teddy bear museums in Dorchester, Lulworth Cove, Abbotsbury children's farm. Fantastic time and back for more hopefully next year.

John, Swanley
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