Blow away the cobwebs and spend some time in the great outdoors this weekend.

We're blessed with some of the finest scenery in the country, so whether you're after a gentle walk with the family, or something more challenging, here's our round-up of nine walks to try out. 

A walk for all the family - Moors Valley

Take your little ones to Moors Valley and head through the woods in search of Stick Man. Follow the arrows and make the mile-long trek through the trees answering questions, taking part in activities and learning more about the forest around you as you go. Moors Valley is ones of 24 Forestry Commission forests across England hosting the activity trail from now until the end of February. The trail’s accompanying activity pack costs £3. For more information go to or call the Rangers on 01425 470721.

The snowdrop walk - Kingston Lacy

Watch the world awaken at Kingston Lacy and enjoy the famous snowdrop displays on a walk that will take you around the pleasure grounds and into the prestigious history of the Bankes family. The walk is easy to moderate and approximately two miles (or one hour) along gravel pathways and avenues. A great way to embrace the spirit of spring. Entrance fees apply.

The tough-yet-rewarding walk - Shapwick, Beech Avenue and the Droves

A strenuous six mile walk over moderate terrain. This route takes in some of the highlights of Kingston Lacy estate including the famous Beech Avenue (planted in 1835), Badbury Rings hill fort, the medieval track ways and droves and the ancient village of Shapwick with a convenient pub to help you warm and replenish. Walkers can encounter traffic through the village and afterwards and the tracks are grass and gravel.

The beach walk - Studland

Blow away the cobwebs with a walk on the beach or choose from two waymarked trails of one mile each, ideal for families. Parking, café, shop and toilet facilities are available. You can download one of the selected trails to explore the surrounding countryside at

The picturesque walk - Corfe Castle

The silhouette of Corfe Castle dominates the surrounding landscape ensuring a dramatic backdrop for any walk. Find your favourite view from the nearby Purbeck Hills, Corfe Common or Hartland Moor. Parking, café shop and toilets are available at Castle View visitor centre.

The walk with a view - South Purbeck

The South West Coast Path links up with a network of footpaths to explore a landscape of sea cliffs and limestone uplands. Dancing Ledge, where Purbeck stone was once loaded onto ships, is a favourite attraction. The six mile walk starts at Spyway car park and takes in sea views, former quarries and grassland rich in wildlife. There are also opportunities for refreshment at Worth Matravers Tea and Supper Room or the Square and Compass pub. 

The historic walk - Hod Hill, Stourpaine near Blandford

Perched high above a meander on the River Stour, this superb hill fort has the greatest views over rural Dorset. The deep ramparts date back to the Iron Age and Roman period. The walk is one mile but be prepared for a steep climb to the rampart of the hill fort followed by a moderately level walk and beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.

The Lawrence of Arabia walk - Clouds Hill

The 6.75 mile walk follows a route near Bovington along country lanes and through leafy woodland and heathland. It is a circular trail, starting and finishing at Bovington’s famous Tank Museum, and features Lawrence of Arabia’s home at Clouds Hill and his last resting place – the cemetery at Moreton. Download the Lawrence of Arabia trail at