Dorset

Explore north Dorset’s captivating beauty. From the landscapes which inspired Novelist Thomas Hardy to the green and lush patchwork of fields of West Dorset.

Hike in the footsteps of Tess D’Urbervilles on trails created by our team or journey down the River Stour. Our unique trails will take you off the beaten track using local knowledge and expertise.

Choose Dorset walking holiday options below.

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Why choose Dorset

The natural beauty of north Dorset has inspired poets and authors across the centuries, including Thomas Hardy and William Barnes. Indeed it has been declared an area of outstanding natural beauty which includes The Cranborne Chase and chalk downland and meadows.

  • Walk chalk downland
  • Enjoy wild flowers and nature
  • Visit ancient earthworks and archaeology from the Neolithic period onwards
  • Step out on The Cranborne Chase, a former royal hunting ground visited by both King John and Henry VIII
  • Stay in a place currently working towards International dark sky status – making it a superb place in which to see and enjoy the stars. Star gazing brings us wonder and amazement.

“Wonderful, we have been traveling for 40 years and this is one of the best trips we have been on. After having visited most of the large cities of Europe we have been going back and trying to visit the countryside of some of the countries. Your company did a fantastic job of putting the trip together and personalizing it.”

Doug and Rita, USA

With Foot Trails you can choose from 4 styles of walking holiday or tour:

Staying in one place

For relaxed time out – one gorgeous hand-picked country inn as a centre throughout your holiday, different trails to enjoy each day. Bring the car or walk car-free. Two daily walk programs to choose from – 5 to 7 miles / up to 10 miles or mix & match and add rest days.
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Walking & Touring Trips

Looking for a variety of locations within your trip? Stay in two or three hand-picked country inns, enjoy a different trail from each base each day. Bring the car or walk car-free. Two daily walk programs to choose from – 5 to 7 miles / up to 10 miles or mix & match and add rest days.
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Inn to Inn Walking / Hiking Tours

Trails that lead from one place to another. Spend two nights at each hand-picked country inn on route. Our unique approach gives you a day to explore the area where you are, the following day take a trail to your next country inn, your luggage transferred ahead by our rural team. Daily walks vary from 8 to 12 miles, and add rest days.
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Private Guided Tours & Holidays

Foot Trails offers memorable, customised, private guided walks with founders Alison and David Howell.

During this time you will have an opportunity to draw on their deep knowledge, passion and expertise for nature, history and the region, with your own custom made walking experiences from half a day to several days.
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