Follow the dramatic coastal footpaths and ancient ridgeway trails of the beautiful county of Dorset. Designed for hikers new to walking tours as well as those more experienced!

A self-guided walking tour.
Season: Available all year except late December but please read this very important notice about starting days for this tour.
Duration: 6 or 8 nights.
Grade: Moderate hiking, some steep gradients. Routefinding straightforward. For explanation see “How We Grade Our Tours“.
Tour prices: See “Tour prices” below.
Tour codes:
D6 or D8

Note that accommodation in this area tends to be heavily booked in peak holiday periods, especially in late May, late July and August, so book early!


Take a look! The circular walking route on Day 2 of this tour closely follows this 7-mile route published by the South West Coast Path!


Tour Map





Images from our Dorset Coast & Purbeck Ridgeway tour…


  • Old Harry Rock, Studland

  • Durdle Door, Dorset

  • Corfe Castle, Dorset


More images of this tour…

Tyneham Beach, Dorset
How to Book

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Request our detailed factsheet for this tour - code FSD - to find out more about daily walking distances, places of interest to visit and more!

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‘[I particularly liked] the views, along the coast path and on the ridge. The walk through the range on Sunday morning was paradise, no-one to be seen until 11am…Thank you very much for this well-documented tour.’

M Mauve

…the rich variety of bed and breakfasts… The magnificent scenery…It was good to walk from one meal to another, feeling like a real connoisseur in a place you never were before…it was very well organised… we met jealous comments from fellow walkers (heav[il]y loaded) about our “very refined” way of doing a walking tour – when they spotted the taxi driver coming to collect our luggage’.
‘…all in all: a very nice vacation, Well arranged. [We particularly liked] the nature, the suroundings, the weather, the nice people. [The accommodation at Corfe Castle was] wonderfully hospitable.’Mr, Mrs and Miss Snippe

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