6 more of the best dog walks in Dorset
PUBLISHED: 10:32 02 February 2016
We asked you and your canine companions to share more favourite local walkies
See our original selection of Dorset dog walks here
1. Brenscombe Hill, Moreton Forest, Cole Woods and Bere Regis - Recommended by Anne, Mark and Elsa
Brenscombe Hill is on the Purbeck Ridge near Corfe Castle and offers plenty of room to stretch your legs, whether two or four, it also has great views of Poole Harbour and the Purbecks.
There are lots of paths to explore in Moreton Forest, not to mention the River Frome for Elsa to have a dip. It offers large and varied woodland with lots of tracks for short or long circular walks and, best of all, there is a wide, usually shallow ford for splashing in. After, we adjourn to the dog-friendly (and award-winning) Moreton Tea Rooms. Another favourite woodland walk is Cole Woods near Wool. It takes about 45 minutes to walk around the circumference and that’s without socialising!
Our final recommendation is Bere Regis/Black Hill/May’s Wood. It is great year round but especially beautiful when the gorse is in flower and at bluebell time. Wherever we wander we always start (and finish) at Bere Stream so Elsa can enjoy a paddle!
2. Badbury Rings and Hengistbury Head - Recommended by Amanda and Ernie
Badbury Rings is on the Kingston Lacy estate which is managed by the National Trust. It is a mystical place whatever time of year and has stunning views of the surrounding countryside. A short trip up the road is the wonderful Barford Farm Ice Cream Garden which always makes it a popular walk for us in summer. There are also several dog-friendly pubs nearby including the True Lover’s Knot at Tarrant Keynston and The Anchor Inn at Shapwick. Badbury Rings connects to a network of great walks in the area - go for a short walk around the rings or explore the area for a whole day. [Note: There may be sheep or cows conservation grazing at times but there are signs to tell you. Please ensure your dog is on a lead where there is livestock.]
Hengistbury Head with its lovely beach (open to dogs all year), sand dunes, open grass fields and heathland offers plenty of variety for a dog walk. There are plenty of poo bins and a good café with outside seating.
3. Durley Chine Beach, Bournemouth - Recommended by Linda and Tarka
What’s not to love about Durley Chine Beach! It’s a great place for a pug like me to test his skills turning at speed on the sand. Durley Chine is only open to dogs between 30 September and 1 May. For all year round beaches you can walk from dog-friendly Hengistbury Head beach across the Bournemouth beaches to dog-friendly Sandbanks West beach at Poole - it is an epic walk with plenty of paddling, racing and digging opportunities!
4. Wareham Forest - Recommended by Spyro, Jess, Rudi, Josh, Jake and Alfie
There are so many different walks at Wareham Forest and all sorts of interesting scents to keep your canine companion entertained. There are trees to shelter you from the rain or shade you in summer. We love exploring the secret glades, streams and lakes, playing by the golden gorse or chasing after fallen cones. There are lots of diggy places for Alfie to enjoy too.
5. Lyme Regis - Recommended by Helen and Toby
Lyme Regis is a great place for me to walk as I need to rest often and there is so much open space for dog walkers. The areas with the dog restrictions mean that this is a perfect place for those in wheelchairs or with mobility problems to exercise their dogs safely. Litter Free Coast and Sea, a project to reduce beach litter in Dorset, have regular beach cleans in Lyme Regis meaning the beaches are well looked after. With nearly every shop and food outlet offering something for dogs, it is 10/10 for this Dorset dog walk.
6. Upton Country Park - Recommended by Vicki, Mr Big and Minnie
We enjoy a stroll around Upton Country Park’s new off-lead fields most mornings. By getting there early we miss the busy time, plus there’s an enclosed area for those under training. The stream is perfect for a paddle and there are surfaced paths, so it’s great for kids and pushchairs. There are woodland areas, and after a good off-lead run on the field, we pop the lead on to go through the gardens and enjoy a cuppa at Upton House’s courtyard café.
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