At many of our Holiday Parks in Dorset, we have nature trails that are a great free activity for the whole family! These vary in length from 1.5 miles (approx 30 mins) to 3.75 miles (approx 1h 15 mins) long. You can find more information and links to maps for each nature trail below:
Highlands End Holiday Park
The nature trail at Highlands End is a 2.9 mile circular walk from the Park Reception that takes in the bee / wildflower bank, bug hotel, mower’s mead wildlife lake, the dog exercising meadow and some fantastic views from the South West Coast Path over Eype Beach. The Nature Trail at Highlands End Holiday Park includes an activity to collect the letters as you go around the route and unscramble them at the end.
Golden Cap Holiday Park
The nature trail at Golden Cap is a 3.7 mile circular route from the park, that takes in our Big Berries summer camping field, the Doghouse Hills, a coast path climb to the highest point on the south coast (Golden Cap) and some amazing views over Seatown and the Jurassic Coast. Look out for bug hotels along the way, the dog exercising meadow and the fishing lake.
Graston Copse Holiday Park
The nature trail at Graston Copse is a 3.4 mile circular walk from the park that takes in the woodland copse & picnic area, the riverside walk, the dog exercising meadow, a riverside walk into the village of Burton Bradstock and a nature walk at nearby Larkfield Holiday Park before looping back to the park. Look out for birds of prey, squirrels and even deer!
Larkfield Holiday Park
The nature trail at Larkfield is a 3.4 mile circular walk from the park that takes in a nature walk adjacent to the park, before venturing off the park to a viewpoint over Hive Beach, on along the clifftop towards Freshwater Beach and back through the village via the playing fields. Don’t miss the pond at Jurassic Retreat, be sure to look out for deer in the nature walk particularly close to sunrise and sunset and stop for a drink at the Hive Beach Cafe or the Three Horseshoes pub along the way.
Eype House Holiday Park
The trail from Eype House begins with an ascent up Thorncombe Beacon, where you will be rewarded with fantastic views of the coast. Next there is a stroll through Eype Down, a lovely wooded area that fills with bluebells in the spring and provides excellent views of Colmer’s Hill in places. Descend past Down House Farm Cafe before returning to the park.
Three Peaks Challenge
If you enjoy walking, we encourage you to take on the West Dorset Three Peaks challenge during your stay. The circular walk is a little over 9 miles and takes in spectacular views of the Jurassic coast from the top of Thorncombe Beacon, Golden Cap and Colmer’s Hill. The route can be completed in smaller sections or one go if you’re feeling adventurous. We’ve got a leaderboard on the go for runners, walkers and over 60’s.
Bridport Walking Guide
If you’re staying at one of our Bridport-based parks, we’ve put together a guide with 11 walks to really inspire you – find out more here
Sandyholme Area Walking Guide
If you’re staying at Sandyholme Holiday Park, or want to explore central dorset and the Purbeck Coast, we’ve put together a fantastic guide of some of the best walks in the area – find out more here.