The New Forest – Ancient Woodlands and Wild Ponies
The Neolithic Stonehenge – World Heritage Site
The Jurassic Coast – Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove
Sandbanks and Poole, The Isle of Purbeck
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Carefully curated hassle-free walking tours with groups of like-minded people
Stunning, handpicked walking trails and country lanes throughout England
Exceptional guides to lead you on your cycling journey
Friendly customer care team on hand 365 days a year
“A walk to remember forever… Every aspect exceeded our expectations…We highly recommend Active England and this opportunity to see what I believe is some of the most beautiful country in the world.” D.E
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What to Expect on your Walking Trip to Dorset and the New Forest England
Begin your trip with a walk through the majestic hunting ground of Windsor Great Park and a tour of the Royal Castle. Heading South we walk through the stunning New Forest, around the mysterious Neolithic Stonehenge – a World Heritage Site and journey to wander along the Jurassic Coast of Dorset visiting the majestic Corfe Castle and the jewels of England’s South Coast, including the iconic Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove.
Walk along our stunning trails, including parts of the incredible 630 mile long South West Coast Path, along cliffs, beaches, crossing to islands, so you can walk at a leisurely pace without distractions to find the stunning views around every corner. Finish your days in historic coastal villages along the South Coast and in the middle ancient woodlands, getting to know the real England and becoming enchanted by the stories, castles and history revealed within some of the finest landscapes and views in the world.
Flexible Walking Distance Options Each Day
Don’t feel obliged to walk the full distance each day. There are shorter options for guests, with opportunities to spend more time at the iconic sites, castles, beaches, coves and in the towns for those wishing to cycle fewer miles each day.
Guided Dorset Walking Holiday Itinerary
Day 1Royal Windsor Castle and Great Park
We collect you at 8.30 from London at Paddington Station, Platform 1, under the clock and take you by bus Windsor, which is about 1 hours’ drive. We visit Windsor Castle, home to the Queen, and Windsor Great Park, where you will walk right into the castle via the Long Walk. Taking the bus to your hotel in the middle of the New Forest means a nice, gentle start to your holiday.
Mileage: 4-6 miles
Day 2The New Forest’s Ancient Landscape, Moors and Heathland
The New Forest is the ancient hunting forest of the Royals and home to thousands of free roaming ponies, cows, deer and donkeys. We walk on the byways and paths through this ancient landscape of moors, heathland and forest, visiting its beautiful villages for coffee and lunch. With routes to suit all the New Forest is a day you will not forget.
Mileage: 4-7 miles
Day 3Salisbury Cathedral, New Forest, Stonehenge World Heritage Site
We walk through the northern edge of the New Forest, through beautiful countryside to Salisbury, with its wonderful Cathedral and the imposing Neolithic remains at Old Sarum. After lunch, we jump in the support vehicle towards Stonehenge before visiting the World Heritage Site where we visit the eternal mystery – “Why did they build such a monument?”, an undoubted highlight of the tour.
Mileage: 4-8 miles
Day 4The Seafront at Poole, Sandbanks and The Isle Of Purbeck
We walk out of the forest along disused railway lines and down to seaside at Christchurch before walking the seafront through Bournemouth and Poole until we reach Sandbanks, with its London priced houses and chain ferry to the Isle of Purbeck. We walk through the historic and varied landscape to our accommodation at the imposing Corfe Castle and the Elizabethan Mortons hotel.
Mileage: 4-7 miles
Day 5Corfe Castle, Coastal Cycling
We first visit Corfe Castle, standing proudly in the countryside since the 11 Century and walk into the heart of the Isle of Purbeck, with its cute villages, the beautiful Wareham for coffee and the larger seaside town of Swanage. The walk is relaxed with a couple of large hills thrown in to give us all a little test! The evening is again spent at Mortons in Corfe Castle.
Mileage: 4-10 miles
Day 6Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door, Farewells and Ongoing Travel
We walk to the beautiful Lulworth Cove, home to the many geographical wonders and then onto the majestic sea arch at Durdle Door, one of the jewels of England’s coast. After lunch we will transport guests to the nearest train station where it is a 2 hour journey into Waterloo station and the end of the tour.
Mileage: 4-7 miles
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London Paddington Station, Platform 1, Under the Clock
Country or Prestige Accommodation (additional cost)
End Of Tour Location
Wool or Bournemouth Train Stations – for easy transport back into London Waterloo from these stations
5 Nights’ Accommodation
Entry tickets (e.g. to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Corfe Castle, Salisbury Cathedral, the Chain Ferry)
Items of a personal nature
Lunches and café stops
Gratuity for your local guide
Why choose a guided walking holiday?
Join a group of like-minded people, looking for an active walking holiday exploring South England. Let by our team of exceptional guides, we know every country lane, turn in the track, hidden trail, café and cove. Dine together some evenings, share the stories of the day and fully enjoy the magical experience of walking along the Jurassic Coast and through the ancient royal woodlands. On our guided trips, all of our routes can be tailored for those wishing to walk more miles or fewer, just ask your guide and they will be able to extend or shorted the planned routes to suit you and your group.
What are the Hotels like in Dorset on this tour?
We have handpicked a selection of hotels and bed and breakfasts in ideal locations in Dorset, with great access into towns and ideally located so that we can walk in and out of our hotels as much as possible. Read M.W’s review of our hotels: “The accommodations were first rate — small inns scattered throughout the countryside. And the food — out of this world! […] It was so relaxing to have the whole trip prearranged.”
Where is Dorset, England?
Dorset is on the south coast of England, to the west of London, bordering Devon and Somerset. With miles and miles of sandy beaches, forests and rolling hills, it is a beautiful county of huge variety and beauty. It is famous for its Jurassic Coast, a world heritage site, with striking red and white cliffs, natural arches and spectacular coves.
Where is the New Forest?
The New Forest is a vast track of unspoilt woodland, heathland and valleys in south England. It is a protected national park that covers nearly 600 square kilometers and is considered South East England’s most scenic, picturesque location for outdoor activities.
What is there to see and do in the New Forest?
Deer, ponies and cattle roam free in the New Forest’s ancient heaths and woodland. Our cycling and walking routes through the New Forest explore the best of this beautiful landscape. It is also known for its stunning castles, gardens, pretty villages, cosy pubs and exceptional cuisine.