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Walks in Dorset: Planning Your Walking Holiday

One of our favourite walks in England are the trails following the Dorset Coast Path. This route is part of the South West Coast Path an area of outstanding geological importance (named the Jurassic Coast of England) and our walking holiday in Dorset provides great variety.

To help you get a better picture of what our walks in Dorset are like and to help you plan your hiking trip, we asked Lisa, our Dorset expert, to answer a few questions. We hope it helps you on your way! 

 

Walks in Dorset with Sherpa Expeditions UK

 

What is the best way to get to the start of the Dorset walking holiday?

“Sherpa Expeditions’ Dorset and Wessex Trail walk starts in Lyme Regis. The easiest way to reach the start is by train from London’s Waterloo Station to Axminster train station. From there you can take a direct bus to Lyme Regis that stops across the street from your hotel.”

 

What is the best time to visit Dorset for hiking?

“Although you will find many quiet areas whilst walking, in summer Dorset’s coastal villages can get rather crowded. So, if you like the idea of less crowds, you should plan your walking trip in spring or late summer, until the end of September.”

 

Dorset hiking with English coastline - Sherpa Expeditions walking holidays

 

traditional English villages in Dorset walks - UK Sherpa Expeditons 

What is accommodation on Sherpa’s Dorset walking holiday like?

“When you join our walks in Dorset we will have accommodation arranged in a mixture of quaint B&Bs and rooms in traditional English pubs.”

 

What are the walking conditions in Dorset like?  

“We grade this trip as introductory to moderate and you will see that the path is like a roller coaster. Our Dorset walking holiday includes cliff walking which is very steep at times, beach walking, optional town walks, and walking in woodlands and grassy paths.”

 

To what other region in England can you compare the walks in Dorset?

“The only other walk I can compare the walks in Dorset with is walking in Cornwall due to climbing up and down the rugged cliffs. However, the scenery in Cornwall is very different and I think both are equally beautiful.”

 

Seaside towns on your walks in Dorset with Sherpa walking holidays

 

Jurassic Coast, Dorset, England - Sherpa Expeditions UK

 

If walkers have more time available, what can they combine the walks in Dorset with?

“I just mentioned Cornwall to be offering similar walking conditions as Dorset and our choice of walking holidays in Cornwall are nice walks to tag along. Cornwall is just down the coast to the west so it is easy to combine the two regions.”

 

What is the food in Dorset and south west England like?

“There are great fish & chips shops and restaurants around Dorset, which serve fresh catches from the sea daily. The Hive Café on the beach at Burton Bradstock (just past West Bay) often serves fresh lobster, not to be missed!”

 

Dorset hiking holidays in England, Sherpa Expeditions UK

 

Rewarding walks in Dorset with Sherpa walking holidays UK

 

Doesn’t it always rain in England?  

“Down south where Dorset is, the English weather is much better than, for example, Scotland. The weather is generally warmer and more settled on England’s south coast than in other parts of Britain and in Dorset it’s even warmer than in Cornwall or Devon. So the general idea of ‘it always rains in Britain’ certainly does not apply to Dorset with its temperate maritime climate!”

 

How well way-marked is the Dorset walk? 

 “The walk is very well way-marked and you follow a mixture of signs from a white acorn to coloured arrows on gates.”

 

If you have more questions for Lisa or would like to read more about our Dorset and Wessex Trails walking holiday, you can download the trip notes via the button on the trip page or get in touch with us by email or phone. Sherpa Expeditions walking holidays to Dorset depart daily between late March and late October.

 

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