Abbotsbury is a picturesque, rural Dorset village which is an ideal centre for walking. It is nestled between the hills to the north known as the Ridgeway, and Chesil Beach and the sea to the south. Chesil Beach, a long bank of stones and pebbles, is an important feature of the Jurassic Coast. walks4softies has 3 walks that start from the car park in the village.
Portland Bill is the southernmost point of the Isle of Portland which is famous for its limestone. Portland Stone was used by Christopher Wren to rebuild St Paul's Cathedral. Portland is joined to the mainland by Chesil Beach. walks4softies describes a single walk from Portland Bill, it tours the 3 lighthouses of Portland.
Osmington is a small, attractive village close to the Jurassic Coast to the east of Weymouth. The two walks4softies walks start from the Village Hall car park off Shortlake Lane. One walk goes towards Redcliff Point. The other walk heads towards Osmington Mills on the coast.
The village of Ringstead lies in its own bay. As it is rather inaccessible it is protected from the main holiday crowds. The village is small, with some old cottages and a few modern bungalows. The beach at Ringstead is a good place to search for fossils. walks4softies describes 3 walks from Ringstead village one of which goes to Osmington Mills. The other two walks go halfway to Lulworth Cove.
Lulworth is famous for its Cove which is a natural horseshoe-shaped harbour. Durdle Door is almost as well known as the Cove. This is an excellent destination for stunning walks along the coast and through the countryside. The walks4softies walks at Lulworth start from the Durdle Door car park. There are two short walks here one of which goes to Lulworth Cove. There is also a longer walk that go halfway to Ringstead.
The geology and wildlife around Kimmeridge Bay are of great importance. This is shown by it being designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and as part of the Jurassic Coast it is a World Heritage Site. It is an excellent place to go to collect fossils. walks4softies contains a long walk from Kimmeridge to Swyre Head where you can get spectacular views back towards Kimmeridge and over Poole Harbour.
The area to the west of Kingston in the Isle of Purbeck is a good place for easy walks in the countryside with both inland and coastal views. walks4softies contains two walks from Kingston, one is an easy walk to Swyre Head where you can get spectacular views towards Kimmeridge.
Worth Matravers is a small village situated in the south of the Purbecks. It is an excellent starting point for a number of walks to explore the Jurassic Coast. The 3 walks described on walks4softies in this area can be combined for a longer walk, taking the route: Worth Matravers, Chapman's Pool, St Aldhelm's Head, Winspit, Seacombe then back to Worth Matravers.
Durlston Country Park is an excellent 280 acre / 113 hectare park, consisting of sea-cliffs, coastal limestone downland, haymeadows, hedgerows and woodland. Whether it is the fabulous views, walks, wildlife, lighthouse or the globe there is always something different to see at Durlston.
Leaflets detailing a number of short walks can be purchased from the Park Visitor Centre. The walks described on walks4softies are a little longer.
Studland is an attractive Dorset village that was a centre for smugglers in the 18th and 19th centuries. It is now a popular destination for beach and walking holidays. Of the walks described on walks4softies for Studland one is just walking to Old Harry Rocks and back. The other walk is a slightly more challenging, circular walk up to Ballard Down and back via the Old Harry Rocks. On a clear day while walking along Ballard Down you can see Poole Harbour on your left, Swanage on your right and the Isle of Wight straight ahead.