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What is your favourite hike along the coast and inland?

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What is your favourite hike along the coast and inland?


I know this very much a personal preference however I still would like to hear your choice. I only have a couple of days in Dorset and hoping to do two hikes, one along the coast and one inland.

What is your favourite short hike (less than 10 miles) along the Jurassic Coast, other than the section around Durdle Door/Lulworth Cove? And what is your favourite inland hike?

Many thanks!

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1. Re: What is your favourite hike along the coast and inland?

You don't say when you'll be there, and that has a bearing on my choice of coast walk because it's in the coastal firing ranges and therefore shut outside weekends and school holidays; but if you're driving and it's not too close to your 'exclusion' area, I'd go Tyneham, park there, explore the exacuated village if it's your thing, or head for the sea if it's not.

About half a mile down the track, you've got Worbarrow Bay, which is one of the less crowded Purbeck beaches; to the left of the bay is a conical hill called The Tout, which is worth a look; and to the west, a wonderful roller-coaster of chalk cliffs. The SW Coast path runs along here, and beyond the first cliff lies the hidden cove of Arish Mell, which is a wonderfully secluded place. Not sure how far you want to go beyond this, but just short of Lulworth Cove is the Fossil Forest, another wonder of the coast.

Inland, I think my favourite would be following the Piddle valley north from Piddlehinton; you have a choice if you want to head west for Cerne, and the giant, along the way, or just following the course of the river through rolling hills and countryside.

There was a similar route described in this article, which might give you structure:


Good luck choosing; the trouble is there's so many in Dorset ...

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2. Re: What is your favourite hike along the coast and inland?

I walked Golden Cap a couple of years ago, the highest point on the South coast of England.

Stunning walk and stunning views from the top.

A number of different walks and different ways up

More here



Here is a walk I found (not the walk I did) but just as an example of a Golden Cap walk


Since doing my walk I have learned about the mysterious Dorset Holloways near Golden Cap which look amazing. I believe you can combine these with a Golden Cap walk.


Here Julia Bradbury did the walk on a TV show where she did the Holloways AND Golden Cap in the one waljk.


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3. Re: What is your favourite hike along the coast and inland?

My personal favourites are leaving a car at Worth Matravers, walking out to St Aldhems Head and along the coast (west) to Worbarrow Bay or if that's too far Kimmeridge Bay or if that's too far (but you do need to cars or a lift to drop you & pick you up). Another favourite is Corfe Castle, Kingston (Brilliant views of Corfe from the Kingston Arms) Swyre Head and back (a there and back walk). I think a bus may run from Corfe to Kingston) This is my search of walks on Isle of Purbeck https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=walks+around+isle+of+purbeck&rlz=1C1AVNC_enGB561GB561&oq=walks+arouns+isle&aqs=chrome.1.69i57j0l5.5480j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

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4. Re: What is your favourite hike along the coast and inland?

The Tyneham village area is quite interesting as you have the abandoned village and the history around that plus stunning coastal walking.

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