Visit the best woodland walks in Dorset? 10 trails listed!

Visit the best woodland walks in Dorset? 10 trails listed!

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    The table above lists all the best woodland walks in Dorset. Click on each name to be taken straight to the part of the blog post for that walk.

    The forests around Dorset in England are some of the most beautiful in the world. The trees are tall and green, and the air is fresh and clean. You can spot the ground nesting birds at Puddletown Forest, see the many butterflies at Hethfelton Wood or take the family on a bike ride on the many trails at Moors Valley Country Park.

    10 best forest walks in Dorset

    In this blog post, we will be listing the many forest walks in Dorset.

    There's nothing better than a walk in the forest on a sunny day! Have a look below at the forest walks available on the interactive map and click on the buttons below the map for each walk, to be taken to the Forestry England pages for further information on the forest trails.

    Puddletown Forest

    Puddletown Forest is a special place where people can enjoy undisturbed nature. The woodland is home to rare insects and ground nesting birds and is a perfect spot for those who want an adventure outside of urban life but not too far from its hustle and bustles!


    The variety of landscapes at Affpuddle is worth exploring for both walkers and families. Whether you're seeking out an interesting path through the woods or taking in views from high up across to the Purbeck Hills, there will be something here that captures your interest!

    Moreton Forest

    What's not to love about Moreton Forest? Comprising of mainly coniferous trees, it is located just west of Poole. Explore the varied scenery and interesting walks on any one of these great paths that run through this forestland in search for some peace and quiet or go hiking with friends!

    Hethfelton Wood

    Hethfelton Wood is a fascinating place, with many different natural features to explore. Currently undergoing butterfly conservation efforts so keep your eyes peeled for many types of butterflies on your hike!

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    Wareham Forest

    Explore the beautiful and ancient landscapes of Wareham Forest, home to many special plants as well wildlife that you might find on your walk through this area. The forest has been under restoration to ensure longevity in this natural habitat.

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    Bonsley Common

    Come to Bonsley Common for a walk in the stunning Dorset country side. You will be surrounded by nature, enjoy its beauty and feel like you're miles away from everything else! Listen to the rustling leaves and breathe in fresh air as you walk through this wonderful woodland.

    Shillingstone Hill

    The views from Shillingstone Hill are truly stunning and a great place to spend some time relaxing once you reach the top! A photographer's delight awaits on this trail that is good underfoot and worth the trek uphill!


    Moors Valley Country Park

    The large site at Moors Valley Country Park offers visitors the chance for an enjoyable day out with plenty to see and do on-site. There is a picnic area, 5 cycling trails as well as 2 walking trails which means that you'll not be troubled by things to do and see in this country park and forest.

    East Devon

    With its stunning views, enchanting woodland walks, and unique wildlife, East Devon is a haven for nature lovers. A perfect day out can be had by exploring this area on foot with binoculars in hand - you're sure to discover something new! East Devon is made up of a collection of forests. Click the button for more information!

    Trinity Hill

    Trinity Hill is a beautiful, natural environment in the East Devon area. The woodlands provide the perfect walking track for getting some fresh air and exploring nature. Some looped trails are available here but can get muddy if there's been a period of wet weather beforehand.


    In this blog post, we have shared some of the woodland walks in Dorset. To find out more about free things to do in the area, click on the links below:


    Bournemouth and Poole Blogs


    Free Things to do in Bournemouth and Poole


    Cycling Routes in Dorset


    Local Delicacies from Dorset

    Please note...

    All outdoor activities including forest walks involve a degree of risk. The walks are recommended due to the well known features of each forest but this may change over time and further research is required before undertaking any activity. The weather can also impact the surface and general conditions of each path so please keep yourself updated with the weather forecast before setting off to enjoy your walk!

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