Dorchester Walking Festival 2024

Experience the beauty of Dorchester and the Jurassic Coast at the Dorchester Walking Festival, May 11th-19th 2024

Over 50 Guided and self-guided walks to choose from, as well as a 50 mile challenge!

Some featured walks include: In the Trail of Thomas Hardy, Dawn Chorus walk, In the footsteps of the Romans, Coastal challenge walk, the Big Dorset Picnic Walk and family scavenger hunt walks.

Spring walk (c) Graham Herbert


Lace up your boots and get ready to explore stunning landscapes and rich history.

Held during National Walking Month, this festival promises a week of unforgettable walks suitable for all abilities, showcasing the beauty and heritage of Dorset. Come and experience the drama of spring blossom, the heady scent of bluebells carpeting ancient woods, and the chance to see wildlife in abundance. Dorchester Walking Festival, offers residents and visitors alike the chance to explore the region on foot.

With 50 guided and self-guided walks to choose from, as well as an exciting 50-Mile Challenge, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Date and times


Various locations throughout Dorchester, the surrounding area and along the Jurassic Coast. See the Festival website for the full line up.

The times given above are an indication only.


Self guided walks can be undertaken at your leisure and are available to download for free from the website.

Some guided walks are free, there’s a small charge for others. Most must be booked in advance. See the booking schedule for more information and booking details.