Long Distance Paths
The following network of long distance paths cross the region. They are a great way to explore the area and make terrific short breaks and holidays. For organised trips see the holidays listed on Walking and Cycling.
1. Avon Valley Path (34.7 miles / 55.9 kms)
From Salisbury, one of the most beautiful cathedral cities in England, to Christchurch Priory and the sea.
Created in 1995 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Ramblers Association the footpath runs from Forde Abbey on the Somerset border to Bokerley Dyke on Dorset's eastern border.
3. Liberty Trail (29.7 miles / 47.8 kms)
Follow the journey of villagers from Somerset and Dorset who walked to Lyme Regis in 1685 to show their support for the Monmouth Rebellion.
4. Macmillan Way (Dorset) (32.7 miles / 52.7 kms)
A footpath that follows much of the old limestone belt from Boston in Lincolnshire to the Dorset coast near Abbotsbury.
A path that approximates the escape route taken by King Charles II in 1651 after being defeated in the Battle of Worcester.
6. Purbeck Way (26.4 miles / 42.5 kms)
Cross water meadows, heathland, woodland and downland before arriving at the dramatic scenery of England's first natural World Heritage Site, the Jurassic Coast.
7. South Dorset Ridgeway (16.7 miles / 26.9 kms)
The trail is part of the South West Coast Path and was the original route before the path was diverted via Portland in 2003. Although it is some distance from the sea, it is part of the National Trail as it offers stunning views of the Jurassic Coast.
Spanning 630 miles from Minehead in North Somerset to Poole Harbour in Dorset the South West Coast Path is Britain's longest footpath. As a single undertaking the challenge should not be underestimated.
From the village of Stourton in Wiltshire to Hengistbury Head on the Dorset coast near Christchurch following the River Stour.
10. Wareham Forest Way (12.9 miles / 20.8 kms)
Discover some of the less well known landscapes of north Purbeck. Breathtaking views and shady glades, an Iron Age hill fort and a wealth of wildlife make this a truly memorable walk.
11. Wessex Ridgeway (62.5 miles / 100.5 kms)
A magnificent ridge-top route crossing Dorset's rural heartland. The trail offers vistas across the county and breathtaking views far beyond.