Dorset Pub Walks

A series of scenic walks in Dorset

Introduction

About Dorset

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Dorset is a beautiful county - it is predominantly rural and, with a few exceptions, industrialisation and excessive urban sprawl has mercifully passed it by. The county has no motorways crossing it. Probably the only thing it lacks is high mountains.

Dorset has much to offer the walker:

  • Perhaps its main attraction is its coastline, which extends approximately 140 kilometers (87 miles) between Lyme Regis in the west to Christchurch in the east, and offers a selection of fine sandy beaches and cliff-top walks - for virtually its whole length it is traversed by the South West Coast Path, which is clearly way-marked.
  • Inland, you have a mix of chalk downs, often with fine views, woodlands, deep valleys and and heathland.
    • Where possible, we believe in using public transport to get to our walks - this allows us to have a few beers and then not have to worry about driving. However, because of the paucity of public transport in some areas, this is not always possible.

      The lengths of the walks lie roughly between 3 and 10 miles - sufficient to get some exercise in and see the scenery, whilst still allowing time for a few drinks and a bite to eat in one, or more, pubs along the route.

      For each walk, we will eventually provide an overview, an indication of the level of difficulty of the walk and its distance, what transport to use and its start and end points. We then provide route directions and a list of pubs (including contact details where we have them) on the route. For the majority of walks, we also provide a sketch-map (rougly to scale and linked to specific OS maps so that you can better determine the details). The amount of detail varies between walks, depending on the relative complexity of each one and the degree to which footpath signposts and/or way-marks are present along the route. We will be updating details of existing walks if we find that the situation has changed in any significant way (e.g. if a way-post has been removed, a bridge damaged, if the route has been changed to meet specific local farming or other needs, or if a pub has closed).

      Before starting a walk, please check that the pubs en route are open when you are walking (we have provided telephone numbers for most pubs listed in the walks), because in the current economic climate we have found that some pubs are not now staying open as long at lunchtime as they once did, whilst others either now do not open at lunchtime on specific days (e.g. Mondays), or do not provide food on specific lunchtimes. Please click on the following link to access pub contact details: