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Accessible walks in Dorset for all to enjoy!

Walking is good for our health and wellbeing, even beginners' benefit from being able to get out and explore our beautiful countryside.  

Having access to green spaces, to enjoy the fresh air while experiencing the sights, sounds textures and smells of nature with friends and family should be accessible to everyone.  

Walking routes are being improved to become more accessible to all. We are so lucky to have a variety of paths, routes and trails across the Dorset countryside which are suitable for wheelchairs, pushchairs, and mobility aids; How good is that! 

Choose your walking trail 

Walk along the Jurassic Coast or view the Isle of Purbeck from a far – there are even walks that can be made into a fun-filled day out.  

Chesil Beach Boardwalk 

The boardwalk along Portland Beach Rd is suitable for wheelchairs and mobility vehicles. This stretch of land has spectacular views of Weymouth harbour. The Chesil beach centre has disabled access, parking, and toilets. Visit Chesil Beach. 

Durlston Country Park's Woodland Trail  

The Woodland Trail is one of the more accessible routes at Durlston. Around 1km in distance, these paths are suitable for people with impaired mobility or with a pushchair, wheelchair, or mobility. There are many paths are Durlston to enjoy, discover the parks full accessibility.

Kingston Lacy’ Woodland Trail 

The Woodland Trail at Kingston Lacy is a multiuse pathway, perfect for family outings as the route is fairly flat and both pushchair and wheelchair friendly. All visitors benefit from this path, whether its walkers or cyclists. Download the map and plan your visit. 

RSPB Arne 

Arne is a beautiful location for a countryside walk, where you can enjoy views of Poole harbour and discover exciting wildlife. The Shipstal Point Trail offers a 2.5 km level and firm surface, accessible to wheelchairs, mobility scooters and pushchairs. Find out how to get to Arne. 

Wareham Forest 

There are many tracks running through Wareham Forest, many of which are wheelchair accessible. The Sika Trail has good, flat surfaces and some gentle hills along the way – these walks are great for a family day out. Explore Wareham Forest. 

Swanage Seafront 

The walk along Swanage beach is all pavement which is completely flat and accessible for wheelchair and pushchair users. The seafront stretches for 1.6 km, with the option to walk on to Durlston Country Park. Make it a fun-filled day out in Swanage. 

Tyneham Village 

A 1 mile walk from Tyneham Village leads to Worbarrow Bay – part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. The trail is short and flat which is ideal for those with pushchairs. You can make a day of it with a picnic, and enjoy a visit back in time by exploring the abandoned village. Discover Tyneham Village.

Studland village to Old Harry  

The path from Studland village to Old Harry Rocks is generally flat and easy, and nearby, Knoll Beach has wheelchairs to use on the beach. This walk can take your breath away with views of Studland, Swanage and particularly the rocks themselves. View more of the South West Coast Path. 

Upton Country Park 

There is a network of hard-surfaced wheel-friendly footpaths throughout much of the park. Upton Country Park has lots to explore through walking, from gardens, woodland, shoreline, and parkland. You could spend an hour or a day there – there is so much to see. Plan a visit.

North Dorset Trailway  

This walking, cycling and horse-riding route runs along the old Somerset and Dorset Railway line track, taking you back in time. The largest section of the path runs along a flat, surfaced three-metre-wide track suitable for pushchairs and mobility vehicles. Discover the North Dorset Trailway route. 

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