Great summer dog walks in Dorset and Wiltshire

by Chelsea Dogs

Dog walks in Dorset and Wiltshire are not to be missed. If you know these areas, you’ll know that they have some stunning walks to offer!

Lulworth cove

(Image source: Lulworth Online)

Lulworth Cove

One of our absolute favourites – 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 goal of the walk is to reach Durdle Door by wandering 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!

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.

hambledon hill dog walks in Dorset and Wiltshire

(Image Source National Trust)

Ashmore Woods

Situated just on the Wiltshire/Dorset border, Ashmore boasts some fantastic woods for walking through. Dogs are politely requested to stay on the tracks as there is plenty of wildlife to be chased, including our Labradors favourite – pheasants!

There are a multitude of walks weaving in and around Ashmore. You can either start at Washer’s Pit (at the bottom of Ashmore), or park in the main village, next to the picturesque village pond and then head down Green Lane or off on one of the byways that all lead towards the woods.

If you are looking for a picturesque walk, this is not to be missed, especially when the Bluebells are out – it is simply stunning. The only downside to the walk is that there is no immediate watering hole to refresh yourself after a long walk!

Studland Bay

During the summer months, Studland Bay is where you will want to be most weekends. It’s both kid and dog friendly and has one of the finest beaches around!

The National Trust owns most of the area around Studland Bay and dogs are allowed on the beach year-round (although during the summer months they need to be kept on a short lead). It is possible to easily walk from the Sandbanks Chain Ferry to Old Harry’s Rock and beyond to Swanage.

The walk is dominated by soft sand and there is no shortage of dogs to make friends with along the route. The water is extremely shallow and safe for dogs – providing they can swim.

If you continue walking past Knoll Beach, you will come to ‘Pig on the Beach’, where it is possible to stop for some tea or perhaps even an early evening cocktail. When you walk beyond the hotel up on to the cliffs, make sure to keep your dog on a lead as the cliffs are dangerous.

Looking for a Pet Friendly Hotel in Dorset? Read our article about the best dog friendly places to stay in Dorset here.

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