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Walking & Cycling

West Dorset is packed with picturesque walking routes and has many National Trust walks. It’s also a great place to take the bike.


Walking and Cycling around Dorset

West Dorset has a number of walking trails along its 3000 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 ( 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 close to Rudge Farm Holiday Cottages which will allow you to see some of Dorset’s unique geology and natural habitats whilst enjoying the Dorset coast and countryside.

Cycling around Dorset

Bridport and the surrounding area is the perfect place to discover the surrounding area by getting on your bike and provides great exercise going up the many hills! You can cycle along the country lanes and discover Dorset 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

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