Dorset is a dog walker’s paradise. Feel the wind in your hair on an exhilarating cliff top walk, unwind as you meander through lush meadows, rolling hills and woodland trails or enjoy a gentle stroll along the country lanes that link the picturesque villages and cosy country pubs. The dramatic coastline is famous for geological features and prehistoric remains. Go fossil hunting on Charmouth beach, be wowed by the awe-inspiring limestone arch at Durdle Door or simply explore the hidden coves dotted along the South West Coastal Path.
Head inland to the mystical woodlands at Thorncombe Woods or enjoy the peaceful oasis at Blue Pool near Wareham. The sandy paths that weave through this picture-perfect woodland and alongside the colour changing lake are stunning at any time of the year. Alternatively, head to the chalk downlands of the Wessex Ridgeway where you can find ancient hill forts and iconic giants as you walk along this magnificent ridge.
Dogs will love the long sandy beaches which are perfect for an energetic game of fetch followed by a splash about in the waves. If you want to really let your dog run free with the sand between its paws head to the spit at Mudeford Sandband. Kimmeridge Bay is the perfect spot if you fancy a morning hunting for mini beasts in rockpools or catching some of Dorset’s best waves. When you are done with the beach you can join the coastal path from here for a walk along the Jurassic Coast. The stunning landscape and large number of walks near Eype beach also makes this a popular pit stop for dogs and their owners.
If you want to enjoy some of Dorset’s stunning scenery without venturing out on a hike you and your dog can hop on board a steam train at Swanage Railway. Stop-off at the charming village of Corfe where you can visit the romantic ruins of Corfe Castle, an enchanting model village and delightful gardens. Play a game of giant draughts or hunt for goblins on the Enchanted Fairy Walk.
For a family day out head to Moors Valley Country Park and Forest. Adventure seekers will love the tree top adventure course and the off-road Segway trails whilst smaller kids can tackle the play trail and come face to face with the Gruffalo. Four-legged family members will enjoy exploring the 1,000 acres of meadows, woodland and rivers in this beautiful country park.
Once you have finished exploring Dorset’s stunning landscape and hidden treasures you will need somewhere to rest your weary paws. From large coastal retreats to cosy countryside cottages, you and your four-legged friends will be spoilt for choice with the excellent selection of dog friendly cottages to rent in this beautiful and enchanting place.