Sandyholme Area Walking Guide

The Jurassic Coast is undeniably a beautiful part of the world, so it’s no surprise that people love to get outside and walk over the cliffs and through the countryside to take in the fantastic views. We produced this walking guide to get you inspired to lace up your walking boots and get stomping along the coast path and some of the many footpaths and bridleways that criss-cross Dorset.

Walking is a great, free activity that can be enjoyed by the whole family so we’ve designed a selection of walks across central/south Dorset and the Purbecks, with a range of routes so there’s something for everyone. They are easy to adapt to make longer if you’re feeling adventurous, or shorter if you’ve got children in tow.

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These routes are prefect for holidaymakers staying at Sandyholme Holiday Park, or guests at out other parks who want to explore a bit further. Bear in mind that if you aren’t staying on the park at Sandyholme then it isn’t possible to park there, so you won’t be able to easily do the Sandyholme Nature Trail.

When walking, please follow the countryside code, stick to designated footpaths and keep dogs under control, especially around livestock. Take extra care when near cliffs – make sure not to go close to the edge and keep your dogs on a lead. Always take a charged mobile phone, especially if you are walking alone.

We love to see photos of people enjoying their holidays, so send us your photos here or use the hashtag #WDLH on social media. You may be in with a chance of winning £250 off your next holiday! To be eligible for the competition, all you have do do is make sure your photos contain you, your pets or both!

Routes:

Hardy’s Monument and The Valley of Stones: 3.8 miles / 6.1km

The Monument to Vice-Admiral Thomas Hardy is set in the Black Down, an area of heathland that is part of the South Dorset Ridgeway. This walk also takes you down through the Valley of Stones – an unusual formation of boulders deposited in the valley during the last Ice Age.

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The Fleet Lagoon: 4.9 miles / 7.9km

Walk along The Fleet Lagoon – a body of water trapped separate from the sea by Chesil Beach, a shingle bank that stretches for 18 miles.

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Portland Circuit: 8.6 miles / 13.8km

Portland is a unique feature of the Jurassic Coast – an island attached to the mainland at Weymouth by Chesil Beach. The loop may be long but the majority of it is easy-walking on well-trodden tracks.

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Sandyholme Nature Trail: 1.6 miles / 2.6km

Take in the wildlife lake, bug hotel and wildflowers on the park, before heading through the camping meadow down to the Tadnoll Brook river where you can dip your toes as you cross the ford, or spot dragonflies as you pass the pond on your way to the bridge. The path takes you along a boardwalk through a woodland where you will see plenty of squirrels and flowers before following a trail back to Moreton Road.

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Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove: 4.4 miles / 7.1km

This route will give you some fantastic photo opportunities of some of Dorset’s most famous geological features that have become world-famous landmarks – Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove. You’ll also get great views of Stair Hole, Man O’ War Cove and St Oswald’s Bay.

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Tyneham Village and Worbarrow Bay: 2.7 miles / 4.4km

Tyneham, Dorset’s “lost village” was abandoned during World War 2 when the military took over the area for training. The villagers were promised that they would be able to return but they never were and many of the dilapidated, abandoned buildings remain there to this day. It’s a short walk to Worbarrow Bay which, because of its remoteness, is mostly unspoilt, quiet and free from tourists.

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Kimmeridge Bay Walk: 5.1 miles / 8.2 km

Part of a marine Special Area of conservation, Kimmeridge Bay is often thought to be the best rockpooling and snorkelling site in Dorset. You’ll get fantastic views of the countryside and the coastline from Clavell Tower, Swyre Head and Smedmore Hill, before returning through the Kimmeridge village.

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Corfe Castle and the Purbeck Ridgeway: 3.7 miles / 6km

Explore the remains of this thousand-year-old castle that is steeped in history, having been a royal palace before being partially destroyed in the English Civil War. Enjoy breathtaking views after climbing up the Purbeck Ridgeway either side of the castle and grab a locally made ice cream in the village.

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