The Ramblers Dorset Area
The Ramblers is dedicated to protecting footpaths and other places to which the public has a right of way or access on foot, defending the beauty of the countryside and promoting walking for all.
The Ramblers in the UK (England, Scotland, and Wales) has more than 100,000 members in about 50 Areas and over 500 local groups.
Find out more about Dorset Area of the Ramblers.
Have a look at the the 2023 Annual Report, which covers all you need to know about what we do.
The County of Dorset is blessed with some beautiful countryside with a large proportion designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty from Golden Cap in the west to Durlston Country Park in the east and extending into Cranborne Chase in the north. The Natural World Heritage Site of the Jurassic Coast continues from the county boundary to Old Harry Rocks in the east. Poets, writers and artists have been among the many that enjoy the numerous picturesque and interesting villages and hamlets which can only be seen at their best when walking.
The range of walks put on by the various groups is an ideal way to enjoy the diverse countryside, and appreciate the best of rural and coastal walking.
Joining the Ramblers
You can join the Ramblers online
Try a Walk
This link Walks around Dorset takes you to Ramblers Go Walking walks finder and you can search on a chosen place, choose a distance from it and decide whether you want walks ordered by proximity to your chosen place or by date. Note that following changes to the Ordnance Survey site it is no longer possible to view the start points on the OS Explorer or Landranger Maps. The alternative is to use either Streetmap or Dorset Explorer (select OS Base Map) and search based on the OS Grid Reference.
However not all Groups add their walks to Walks Finder so it is always recommended to check with the individual Group websites.
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