Walk Dorset’s History

Dorset is rich in history and evidence of this unique historic past can still be found in Dorset’s villages and towns. Using these guides, you’ll get a better feel of the place and understand what makes it unique.

These walks are designed for those without a rich knowledge in history but would like to know a little more about the area. Old photos are used, often from postcards, to see what has and hasn’t changed over the past century or so.

We recommend a generous 1 hour 30 mins to complete these 1-2 mile walks allowing plenty of time to sit, relax and soak in the beauty of their surroundings. Steep hills and difficult terrain are avoided in the routes.

Self Guided Walks

Walk 1: Blandford

Distance: 1.2 miles / 2km
DifficultyGenerally level route on tarmacked paths. Slight incline around the church.

Walk 2: Cerne Abbas

Distance 1 mile/ 1.6km
Difficulty Generally level route on tarmacked paths with a few small gravel areas and an optional short slope. Near the end of the walk the path narrows with some raised tree roots, if this is an issue use the alternative path shown on the map

Walk 4: Sherborne

Distance 1 mile/ 1.6km
Difficulty Generally level route on tarmacked paths. Not a dog friendly route

Walk 5: Swanage

Distance 1.2 miles/ 2km
Difficulty Generally level route on tarmacked paths, with a gentle slope through the gardens and town. Seafront seats at regular intervals.

Walk 6: Weymouth

Distance: 1 mile /1.6 km
Difficulty Level route on tarmacked paths with seats at regular intervals.

Walk 7: Abbotsbury

Distance: 0.8 miles / 1.3km with optional hill further 0.6 miles / 1 km
Difficulty: Flat and mostly tarmacked paths with optional steeper path up hill. Dog friendly.

Walk 8: Beaminster

Distance: 1.4 miles / 2.3 km
Difficulty: Mostly flat and short gentle slopes on tarmacked paths. Dog friendly, except Memorial Playing Fields. 

Request a physical pack

To make these history walks accessible to all, the Stepping into Nature project offers two convenient options for getting the guides. Individuals may request a complimentary physical copy to be delivered via post (fill in this short form), or they can easily download a PDF version.

If there are any issues filling in this form then please email stepin2nature@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk or call Steph on 01305 224788.