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Round Dorset Walk

Bournemouth, Dorset, Poole

286 km / 178 miles
'A Round Dorset Walk' utilises established routes, ancient paths and track-ways, whilst circumnavigating one of the most remarkable counties in England. The route does not adhere faithfully to the county boundary; instead it seeks out ridges and high places and avoids road walking wherever possible.

From the stunning Poole Harbour beneath the Purbeck Hills, the walker sets out towards the peaceful downs of Cranborne Chase, across the rolling hills of Blackmore Vale and Marshwood Vale, finally to return to the dramatic coastal path from which they started.

The journey is completed along the Jurassic Coast and two memorable ridge walks. The first begins at Abbotsbury Castle and looks down on the coast at Weymouth and Portland. The second travels into the heart of the Isle of Purbeck before turning back to the coast at Corfe Castle.


Path Type: Other Paths
Attributes: Challenging
Start: SZ038871 - Sandbanks Ferry, North Haven Point, Poole, Dorset View on StreetMap
Finish: SZ036867 - South Haven Point, Sandbanks, Dorset View on StreetMap
Open Date: 2006

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Guidebook Round Dorset Walk: Long Distance Footpath, the Illustrated Guide  (Hobnob Press  - 2006 )


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
© OpenStreetMap contributors under Open Database Licence.
Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps:
OS Landranger 183, 184, 193, 194, 195
OS Landranger Active 183, 184, 193, 194, 195
OS Explorer 15, 22, 116, 117, 118, 129
OS Explorer Active 15, 22, 116, 117, 118, 129

Accommodation within 5 km of this Path:

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99 km
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3 km
174 km
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201 km
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< 1 km
238 km
Bunk House
< 1 km
274 km
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274 km

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Route Profile:

286.3 km (177.9 miles)
6,126 m (20,098 ft) ascent
269 m (883 ft)  maximum height

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