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Unusual ways to get out and about in Dorset

PUBLISHED: 12:08 04 September 2017

Enjoy a birds-eye view of Cannock Chase with Aerosaurus Balloons (ballooning.co.uk)

Enjoy a birds-eye view of Cannock Chase with Aerosaurus Balloons (ballooning.co.uk)

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Dorset is one of the UK’s best destinations for outdoor activities on land, sea or in the air. Visit Dorset reveals some of the more unusual ways of exploring the county

Countryside Escapes

Hiking and rambling through our beautiful county draws many thousands of keen walkers to Dorset each year. A number of local businesses have developed a rather novel approach to guided walks by including animals such as llamas and donkeys. Visitors will absolutely love leading gentle donkeys through the glorious west Dorset countryside near Beaminster with Chris from Donkey Walking Adventures.

Inspired by the rugged outdoor adventures of Ray Mears and Bear Grylls? Then join countryside expert Steve Somerfield, at Holywell near Dorchester for an activity day to hone bush craft and survival skills in the woods under his expert supervision.

Exploring Dorset on two wheels is a popular option for casual visitors and cycling enthusiasts alike, whether pedalling along scenic country lanes and designated national cycle routes or hitting some gnarly off-road trails on a mountain bike. You can often hire bikes locally, and there are some fascinating guided cycle tours combining local knowledge and friendly Dorset hospitality. Pedal through the woodland, heath, beaches and hills of Purbeck with Cyclexperience. 


A Coastal Challenge

Dorset’s world class coastline offers first class conditions for windsurfing, kite boarding, sea kayaking, and sailing. Both Poole and Portland have large sheltered harbours, ideal for learning the basics or brushing up on your skills. Weymouth and Portland’s National Sailing Academy has top notch facilities and training programmes.

For thrill seekers who like leaping from rock ledges into the sea, exploring smugglers caves and hidden tunnels, the Jurassic Coast offers challenging natural obstacles to tackle in the adrenaline pumping activity of Coasteering. Join a session with one of Dorset’s experienced operators such as Jurassic Coast Activities who also offer kayaking if you prefer something a little more relaxing.

Dorset also boasts some fine diving and snorkelling opportunities in its relatively clear and warm waters. Steeped in maritime history, the area has numerous wrecks to explore together with opportunities to discover the area’s diverse marine life. Scuba diving clubs and charters operate across the county. Visit the British Sub Aqua Club website for more information. 


Take to the Skies

For one of the very best views of Dorset, embark on a champagne flight with Aerosaurus Balloons. Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the magnificent Dorset landscapes around Cannock Chase, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty where the flight takes off, before drifting slowly over the countryside.

If you’re feeling more adventurous, how about booking an exhilarating session of wing walking at Compton Abbas Airfield? We also love the idea of their combined road and flight experiences, catering for fans of motorbikes, vintage cars and light aircraft alike. Look no further if your bucket list includes taking an E-Type Jaguar for a spin on scenic country roads, followed by a flight in a Tiger Moth. 


Go on a Dorset adventure!

To discover more inspiring adventures and unique experiences in Dorset, plus the very best places to stay across the county go to visit-dorset.com.

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