Spring Dog Walks in Dorset

The snowdrops are out and the daffodils, following closely behind and as we say in the dog world, Springer Spaniels are in the air. Well they are always bouncing around but you get the picture, spring is definatly in the air, so we have compiled a list of our favourite dog walks in our local area. As West country folk, this area is somewhere we know and love as do our pets. If you know Dorset and Wiltshire, you will understand why we chose to live and work here.

Berry and Holly regualraly do these walks as you can see from the pictures, Berry loves a good waddle.

Lulworth Cove Dog Walks

Lulworth Cove

My absolute favourite – Lulworth Cove is part of the world-famous Jurassic coastline. The walk in its entirety is probably around three miles, and can be a little hilly in places (good for keeping you and your pooch fit!).

The ‘aim’ of the walk is to reach Durdle Door by meandering along the coastline which is absolutely stunning. When you get to Durdle Door, there is a lovely shingle beach which is great for picnics. You will also find people coasteering on the rocks – this is entertaining to watch, especially when your dog tries to go and join in!

You could of course want to head in the other direction and go as far as Tynham Village. We often leave a car here in the car park and drive round to Lulworth. You can then cover the 5/6 miles of extremely steep but stunning coastline with the knowledge that you don’t have to walk back again. A head for heights and strong legs are very important on this walk.

Make sure you know what is going on with the local firing Ranges, if the red flags are up then your walk may be restricted.

Hambledon Hill Dog Walks

Hambledon Hill

Located between the villages of Child Okeford and Shroton, Hambledon Hill is an old hillfort that is a good walk for people of all levels of fitness. If you want a less challenging route, then approaching from the Shroton side is easier, as there is a gravel track right to the top. If you park near the Cricket Pitch then you can relax and have a tipple in The Cricketers when you return. The view from the top offers a stunning panorama of the Blackmore Vale and surrounding areas.

Starting in Child Okeford is a much more exciting prospect with steep climbs to the summit that afford amazing views for miles around. This is where Wolf and his troops practised before they stormed the heights of Abraham and took Quebec from the French. Don’t forget to come here when it snows, the hillfort crenelations make for excellent toboggan runs.



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