We are so lucky living on the South Coast of England. The coast line is a short drive away and there are plenty of places to explore. Since we got Lola two years ago, we have been taking her on our days out and exploring new places to walk her. Dogs love exploring new places as there are so many new smells which is great for their stimulation. It’s been a great eye opener for us as well discovering new places to visit, there are so many great places for dog walking in Dorset.
Dog Walks At Durdle Door
Durdle Door is located in West Lulworth, Dorset, accessed via Durdle Door Holiday Park and is part of the Lulworth Estate. There is a large car park at the top of the beach which is chargeable by the hour.
Access to the beach is via quite a steep path and we found it took us around twenty minutes to walk from the car park down to the beach itself, mainly because we were stopping to take in the amazing sights. We discovered Durdle Door when we were looking for a beach to take Lola to see how she would react to the water. Dogs are welcome all year around on Durdle Door beach which is made up of shingle.
Take a back pack with a picnic and a blanket to sit on the shingle with and you have an enjoyable few hours giving the dog some exercise in and around the water.
Dog Walks At Hengistbury Head
Hengistbury Head is located to the south of Christchurch Harbour with views stretching for miles and plenty to explore and fill a day out with. We were visiting Hengistbury Head long before we welcomed Lola into our home, but she has become a part of our walks between Hengistbury Head and Mudeford Beach which takes us around half an hour to walk from the car park.
Parking at Hengistbury Head is very cheap in the off season months and then increases when the clocks go forward, however it still works out to be a very good value for money day out even if you do pay for the land train on the return journey to the car park.
Dogs are welcome along the paths between Hengistbury and Mudeford beach and are also welcome on Mudeford Beach off lead. We will take our time walking along the paths and divert to walking along the waters edge for Lola to get some swimming practice in. There is a cafe at each end of our walk but we often prefer to take snacks or a picnic and get an ice cream on the way back.
Dog Walks At Moors Valley Country Park
Moors Valley Country Park is located a few miles out of Ringwood, Hampshire, but is in Dorset. Moors Valley welcomes dogs on leads with plenty to fill a whole day out. There are forest walks, play parks, adventure trails, picnic areas, a restaurant and a train running most days. They also have a Go Ape centre which Miss A has enjoyed taking part in before.
There are plenty of places to introduce your dog to new smells in the woodland at Moors Valley, and they are catered for with special doggy parks near the play park to secure them whilst the kids have a play. Car parking is charged by the hour at Moors Valley.
Dog Walks At Corfe Castle
Corfe Castle is located near Purbeck in Dorset. Corfe Castle is a National Trust property however there are plenty of walks around the castle that you can do without having to pay the entrance into the grounds if you don’t want to.
There are some amazing views especially from the top, and plenty of activities going on all year around. Dogs are welcome on a lead. Corfe Castle is on our list to visit again this year with Lola as it’s a place we haven’t taken her to yet. I think we’ll tie it in with an activity that Miss A wants to take part in. Parking is located at the base of the castle, charges apply.
Dog Walks At Badbury Rings
Badbury Rings is located between Wimborne and Blandford in Dorset. An Iron Age Hill Fort with plenty of open spaces to explore. There is a large car park which accepts donations to the upkeep of the car park. There are often signs around stating that cattle can be grazing to be aware when letting dogs off the lead, however whilst we have seen plenty of animal mess left behind we have never come across any live stock themselves.
We pack extra bottles of water in the car for days out with Lola. A smaller bottle is ideal with a travel bowl for making sure she stays hydrated when we are out and about.
If you’re looking for new dog walks in Dorset, I hope you’ll give some of these a go.