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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.

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What Our Guests Say...

By far the best place we have stayed. Lovely warm welcome, cottages delightful and scenery stunning!

Judith and Steve, Cambridgeshire

Great location to explore West Dorset - We had a really lovely stay at Rudge Farm. As our first visit to West Dorset it was an ideal location to explore the coastline. The kids really enjoyed the activities on site too including the boating on the lake, the games room and tennis court. The local farm shop was fab and did lovely fresh bread, yummy cheese, and veg. Thanks for a great holiday and we would definitely recommend it to other people.

Caroline, Brighton

Relaxing weekend - The accommodation was lovely, clean and tidy. Quiet and relaxing. I went away with my husband for a peaceful weekend break and that is exactly what we got. But on the other hand the place well equipped for children and so we will be back with our children next time. Plenty of things to do locally for children and couples.

Megan, Towcester

Just spent a long weekend here and must say thoroughly enjoyed it. Stayed in Carter's cottage, lovely and warm and cosy and spotlessly clean. Went with our daughter and one year old grandson. Perfect for families so much there to do - would love to go back in the summer months although weather was kind to us sunny but cold. Very well equipped all you could possibly want with good local pubs.

Susan, Surrey

We stayed in 'Pigsty Cottage'. So beautiful, we had our own little veranda & stunning views overlooking the lakes & surrounding countryside. A short drive to Chesil Beach. The cottage is well equipped & comfortable. A jug of milk & a selection of tea & coffee was a lovely welcome!

Maryann, Kent
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