Dorset Council are reviewing the Dorset Rights of way Improvement Plan
Rights of Way Improvement Plans (RoWIP) are the prime means for the
Local Highway Authority to identify and prioritise actions to bring
outdoor access up-to-date. This addresses the public need for
recreation, sport, transport, health, economy, land-management, tourism
The current Dorset RoWIP runs out in 2021 so is under review. The review
will be informed through an assessment process which involves evidence
gathering, research and consultation.
Jubilee Trail Guide 4th Edition Now Available
The 4th edition of the Jubilee Trail guide has been published see our Dorset Jubilee Trail page
Countryside Code Update
The countryside code pagehas been updated to include Covid 19 short versions of the code.
Please take note of the text about not having fires and BBQs.
The Ramblers Don't Lose Your Way Campaign
An estimated 10,000 miles of paths across England and Wales are at risk of being lost forever, unless we come together to save them. There is a 20206 deadline so we need thousands of people to come together to uncover and save generations of lost paths and hidden ways before it's too late.
England Coast Path
Natural England “the government’s advisor on the natural environment” plans to open the England Coast Path around
England’s coastline by 2020. Full details of progress can be obtained on line England Coast Path
Status in Dorset
Lyme Regis to Rufus Castle (Portland) – Implementation of this section is currently being held up owing to a public inquiry which was held in November and December 2016, the outcome should be known in March 2017. If the objection is upheld there will be further delay while an alternative route for this section is negotiated which will then be published for further public consultation
Rufus Castle (Portland) to Lulworth Cove was opened on 29 June 2012 and was the very first section opened on the English Coastline
Lulworth Cove to Highcliffe – this section is currently under development and consultation is being carried out with land owners and other interested parties. It is planned that it will be fully open in 2018 although the section between Kimmeridge Bay and Highcliffe may be open earlier.
For more information please contact the Area Footpath Secretary (see Contact page)
Kingswear to Lyme Regis (approx 68 miles of coastline) – this section is currently under development and consultation is being carried out with landowners and other interested parties. Planned for 2018.
Highcliffe to Calshot (approx 56 miles of coastline) – this section is currently under development and consultation is being carried out with landowners and other interested parties. Planned for 2018.