There are many walking books available covering the whole of the UK. This section lists 14 covering Dorset.

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Read more... Pathfinder Coastal Walks in South West England (Pathfinder Guide)
Pathfinder Coastal Walks in South West England (Pathfinder Guide)
Are you planning a holiday to Devon, Cornwall or the Jurassic Coast? Do you enjoy a walk with stunning coastal scenery? The South West Coast Path is the UK's most popular National Trail - with Tintagel voted the 'best walk in Britain' in a survey of 4,000 readers of Country Walking magazine. Pathfinder(R) Guide to Coastal Walks in South West England takes walkers and holidaymakers to the most scenic sections of the South West Coast without needing to walk all 635 miles. Selected from Pathfinder(R) Guides covering South West England, this collection of 30 coastal walks ranges from 2-13 miles in length and is suitable for walkers of all abilities. With walks ranging from family rambles to challenging hikes, each circular walk takes in some of the many delights of the dramatic coastline of South West England from Somerset and Devon to Cornwall and Dorset. The walks are selected by an author who specialises in outdoor writing in southwest England and who has written several walking books on Cornwall, Dorset and North Devon. Eeach walk in Pathfinder(R) Guide to Coastal Walks in South West England is accompanied by clear, large-scale Ordnance Survey route maps and GPS waypoints to help you navigate your walk with ease. There is also a wealth of useful information accompanying each walk, including good pubs nearby and places of interest en route. So if you're planning a holiday to Cornwall, visiting relatives in Poole Harbour in Dorset or want to discover some of the hidden coastline on your doorstep at Minehead on the edge of the Exmoor National Park, enjoy the unparalleled diversity of the British coast with a beautifully scenic coastal stroll from Pathfinder(R) Guide to Coastal Walks in South West England. Pathfinder(R) Guides are Britain's best loved walking guides. Made with durable covers, they are the perfect companion for countryside walks throughout Britain. Each title features circular walks with easy-to-follow route descriptions, tried and tested by seasoned w
Read more... Walks to Enjoy in Dorset: 15 Coastal, Town and Countryside Walks
Walks to Enjoy in Dorset: 15 Coastal, Town and Countryside Walks
Walks in to Enjoy in Dorset - fifteen walks for you to enjoy by yourself, with your dog, family or friends. Detailed walk information including maps and photographs with historical notes and easy to follow descriptions. All but one walk is circular and range in length and difficulty. The linear walk is completed by taking the train from Swanage back to the walk start at Corfe Castle. Forde Abbey Golden Cap Abbotsbury Hills and Coast Thomas Hardy Trail Portland Lighthouses Dorchester Town Trail Dorchester Riverside and Farm Trail The White Horse Shaftesbury and Gold Hill Melbury Beacon and Downs Lawrence of Arabia Trail Durdle Doory and Swyre Head Lulworth Cove and the Fossil Forest Wareham Walls and Rivers Corfe Castle to Swanage The sketch maps accompanying each walking guide are based on the GPS route data, and they are included to give the reader a map reference to use in conjunction with the text and photographs. However, for the benefit of a proper map, we recommend that you purchase the Ordnance Survey map covering the area of the walk. Dorset is one of the oldest and most beautiful shires often known best to people through the immortalised novels of Thomas Hardy. Dorset has a long history of human settlement stretching back to the Neolithic era. At the time of the Roman invasion in AD 43 the local tribe was the Durotriges. Their fortress of Maiden castle was stormed by Vespasian's second legion, and nearby Dorchester developed as the Roman town of Durnovaria. During the early Middle Ages, the Saxons settled the area and made Dorset a shire in the 7th century. The first recorded Viking raid on the British Isles occurred in Dorset during the 8th century and the black death entered England at Melcombe Regis in 1348. Dorset has seen much civil unrest: during the English Civil War an uprising of vigilantes was crushed by Cromwell's forces in a pitched battle near Shaftesbury; the Duke of Monmouth's doomed rebellion began at Lyme Regis; and a group of farm labou
Read more... Walking the Jurassic Coast: Dorset and East Devon - The Walks, the Rocks, the Fossils (Cicerone Walking Guides)
Walking the Jurassic Coast: Dorset and East Devon - The Walks, the Rocks, the Fossils (Cicerone Walking Guides)
The 30 walks in this guide let walkers discover the best and most spectacular areas on the Jurassic coast, between Exeter and Bournemouth. The walks are between 5 and 25km (3 to 16 miles) and provide a range suitable for all abilities. The guide has been divided into areas: Devon's Red Beds, the Lias, Chesil Beach, Chalk walks (Lulworth and inland) and the Isle of Purbeck. The Jurassic Coast of Devon and Dorset is a geological wonderland. Natural wonders like Chesil Beach, Durdle Door and fossils so numerous you'll be tripping over them, combine with southern England's rolling Downs, tiny villages, beaches and sunny summers to provide a stunning and awe-inspiring landscape to explore. The geological descriptions are accompanied by strata diagrams, geological timelines, explanations of the creation of the various sedimentary rocks along the coast, and discussion of how and why the various formations formed millennia ago. The incredible - yet readable - detail brings these walks and the landscape alive. And yet, the routes can just as easily be walked for their own sake and the pleasure of rolling downs, high cliffs and beach sunshine. As well as detailed descriptions for every walk, accompanied by OS maps, there are details on available parking, points of interest along the way (on rocks and other sights) and advice on the terrain covered. The general and geological introductions provide background on the region and the appendices give thorough information on local museums and information centres, cliff diagrams, a glossary of geological terms and a quick, look-up guide to the rocks of the Jurassic Coast. More than just a walking guidebook, this book is an invitation to explore and learn about this spectacular Natural World Heritage area.
Read more... Pub Walks in Dorset
Pub Walks in Dorset
A brand-new book in our Pub Walks series, this volume guides the walker to some of the best, most beautiful places in Dorset. The country pubs, upon which each walk is based, have all been chosen for their good food, range of ales, history and character. The 20 circular walks vary in length from 2 and a half - 5 and three quarter miles. The walks include coastal paths at Kingston, Abbotsbury and Eype; woodland walks at Lytchett Minster, Corfe Mullen and Stoke Abbot; downland routes at Sixpenny Handley, Horton and Corfe Castle; and riverside walks at Tarrant Gunville, Moreton, Shillingstone and Hinton St Mary. In addition there are also walks in pretty valleys as at Winterbourne Stickland and Cattistock and through picturesque villages such as Loders and Piddletrenthide. Along the way there is the chance to see Sturt's Folly,a six-storey brick tower; the grave of Lawrence of Arabia; a church pulpit canopy with two bullet holes in it; a Roman road; stained-glass windows by Lawrence Whistler; the pub where Thomas Hardy was a regular and several old railway trackbeds.
Read more... Short Walks Dorset
Short Walks Dorset
Ideal for family walks, and walks under 3 hours in duration this book provides a wide variety of different walks. Included in the book is Ordnance Survey mapping, points of interest, excellent concise descriptive narrative anout the Short walks in Dorset. Dorset remains one of the most unspoilt and unchanged counties in England and has much to offer the walker. Inland the Dorset scenery is stunning, and while the gradients are rarely taxing the chalk uplands and limestone hills afford some fantastic views across south-west England. It is a county with a rich literary heritage and the Blackmoor Vale around Sturminster Newton is the backdrop to one of Thomas Hardy's best-loved works, Tess of the Durbevilles. From maritime history, short, rugged coastal walking and marine discovery, to gentle rambles in verdant scenery among charming villages, the Dorset landscape is perfect for all ages.
Read more... The Magic of Purbeck: Ten Fully Illustrated and Guided Walks
The Magic of Purbeck: Ten Fully Illustrated and Guided Walks
A walking guide to Purbeck, Dorset, with introductory chapters on Purbeck's unique geology, natural history and local history. It contains ten self-guided walks with detailed maps and stunning photos to inspire you to explore Purbeck, whether you want to see the Adonis Blue butterfly or Dartford Warbler, admire orchids, learn about man's ancient and more modern presence in the landscape, or simply soak up awesome views from the Jurassic Coast and chalk hills. Thoroughly researched by Swanage author David Leadbetter (author of Paranormal Purbeck) who has a passion for natural history, prehistory and mysteries.
Read more... South West Coast Path: Dorset & South Devon Coast Path - Plymouth to Poole Harbour Part 3 (Trailblazer British Walking Guide South West Coast Path) ... Walking Guide to South West Coast Path)
South West Coast Path: Dorset & South Devon Coast Path - Plymouth to Poole Harbour Part 3 (Trailblazer British Walking Guide South West Coast Path) ... Walking Guide to South West Coast Path)
South West Coast Path: Dorset & South Devon Coast Path - Plymouth to Poole Harbour Part 3 Practical guide with 70 large scale maps (1:20,000). Includes accommodation guide, pubs and restaurants and public transport information. ?This new guide covers the third and last section of the South West Coast Path, from Plymouth to Poole Harbour (203 miles). Full description
Read more... 50 Walks in Dorset (AA 50 Walks Series)
50 Walks in Dorset (AA 50 Walks Series)
Walking is one of Britain's favourite leisure activities, and this fantastic walking guide to Dorset....
Read more... Short Walks in Dorset
Short Walks in Dorset
Short Walks in Dorset
Read more... Pathfinder Dorset
Pathfinder Dorset
Pathfinder Dorset
Read more... Walking in Purbeck
Walking in Purbeck
Read more... The Hardy Way: A 19th Century Pilgrimage
The Hardy Way: A 19th Century Pilgrimage
Read more... Walks for All Ages Dorset: 20 Short Walks for All Ages
Walks for All Ages Dorset: 20 Short Walks for All Ages
Read more... A Dozen Dramatic Walks in Dorset
A Dozen Dramatic Walks in Dorset