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The best flat walks in Dorset for a gentle stroll

Dorset is a county filled with incredible locations to get out into the fresh air for a leisurely stroll. From its stunning Jurassic coastline to its many woodland walks, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to locations to get out and about in nature.

If you’re looking for some less hilly or rugged places to take a gentle stroll, we’ve included a selection of the best flat walks in Dorset below, featuring some stunning scenery and breath-taking landscapes along the way.

Upton Country Park

This 2.3 mile circular trail close to Poole offers a scenic and relaxing experience for walkers of all abilities. The trail is flat and well-maintained, making it suitable for people who prefer a gentle, less challenging stroll. Along the way, you can enjoy stunning views of the park’s gardens, woodlands and wetlands, before completing the loop via Grove Lake. Discover Upton Country Park.

  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Pushchair friendly
  • Dog friendly

Wareham Forest

Wareham Forest is a large area of heathland and woodland in Dorset, home to a diverse range of wildlife and plants. The Woodlark Trail is a 2 mile circular walk that follows mostly flat paths through the forest, offering views of the surrounding landscape and a chance to spot woodlarks and other birds. Explore Wareham Forest.

  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Pushchair friendly
  • Dog friendly – (please note dogs should be kept on a short lead in some areas of the forest during bird nesting season)

Spyway Sea Saunter

This 1.5 mile circular walk on the south Purbeck coast guides you across rich grasslands with some spectacular views out to sea. The route takes you past old cottages and farm buildings, eventually leading you to a grassland where you may be lucky enough spot a sika or roe deer. Discover Spyway Sea Saunter.

  • Wheelchair friendly in parts (some uneven ground and kissing gates)
  • Pushchair friendly in parts (some uneven ground and kissing gates)
  • Dog friendly 

Tyneham Village

This mile long linear walk guides you through a deserted village and a secluded bay in Dorset. Tyneham was evacuated in 1943 for military training and never returned to its inhabitants. You can explore the ruins of the village and the church, and then follow a track to Worbarrow Bay, a peaceful cove with shingle beach and clear water. Just bear in mind that access to the beach is uneven and requires a sure foot.

Tyneham and Worbarrow Bay are both part of the Ministry of Defence Lulworth Ranges, so ensure you keep to the paths marked with yellow posts at all times. Discover Tyneham Village.

  • Wheelchair friendly (until Worbarrow Bay)
  • Pushchair friendly (until Worbarrow Bay)
  • Dog friendly (dogs should be kept on leads)

Hurn Forest

Setting off from Matchams Lane, the Hurn Forest circular trail near Ferndown is great for a gentle, peaceful stroll. Spanning over 2 miles of forestry, this walk takes you along a flat, gravel path which is suitable for all abilities and ages. The forest is also dog-friendly with plenty of space to roam and explore. Visit Hurn Forest.

  • Wheelchair friendly (along gravel path)
  • Pushchair friendly (along gravel path)
  • Dog friendly

North Dorset Trailway

Take a step back in time with this long but flat trail which runs along the old Somerset and Dorset Railway line track and links many of North Dorset's towns and villages. The largest section between Blandford and Sturminster Newton is nine miles long and guides you through some of North Dorset's spectacular countryside, with views of Hambledon Hill and the meandering River Stour. Learn about North Dorset Trailway.

  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Pushchair friendly
  • Dog friendly

Avon Heath Country Park

Featuring three circular, waymarked trails, Avon Heath Country Park is located in the village of St Leonards and features a variety of habitats and wildlife. The Short Wander is a short 0.7 mile circular walk that follows mostly flat paths through the heathland, offering scenic views of the surrounding landscape and a chance to spot interesting flora and fauna along the way. Discover Avon Heath Country Park.

  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Pushchair friendly
  • Dog friendly

Flat dog walks in Dorset

Dorset is the perfect county for dog walking, offering something for every pooch and their owner. Whether you prefer the coast or the countryside, you will find plenty of flat trails and paths to explore with your canine companion. Here are three of our favourites:

  • Fordington – A scenic walk through meadows and along the River Frome, this route begins at Lubbecke Way and will take you and your four-legged friend across the bridge where you will discover spectacular fields for some off-lead exercise.
  • The Throop Loop - A gorgeous mile long circular walk from the hamlet of Throop to Turners Puddle and back again via a different path to Throop. Along with some off-lead areas, there are some great spots en route for a paddle or a swim in the River Piddle!
  • Gundimore Beach – With its long stretch of sand and shingle, this beach welcomes canine visitors all year round. Your dog will love scampering off-leash through the surf while you can take in the stunning views of the Isle of Wight and Mudeford Sandbank.

Final thoughts

Walking is a fantastic form of exercise that is simple, enjoyable and doesn’t cost a penny! Not only does it count towards your recommended 150 minutes exercise a week, it can also help you lose weight and boost your overall health

If you’d like to find out more about the health benefits of walking, take a look at the Get Active section of our website, featuring some great resources and articles. We also have a specialist team of Wellness advisors here at LiveWell Dorset who can provide tips, support and guidance to help you get more active. Register today to find out more.


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