Chasing waves, racing across prehistoric clifftops, digging for dinosaur bones and curling up by the fire in a cosy pub: it’s certainly a dog’s life on the Jurassic Coast. Guests staying at The Acorn Inn, a proudly pet-friendly hotel, should make the most of the stunning environs with these five fantastic dog walks in Dorset.
Not only is the coastline connecting Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove one of the most photogenic slices of Dorset, it’s an excellent stretch of beach upon which to unleash eager explorers. With waves on one side and a vast, hilly expanse on the other, there’s plenty of space here to play fetch. Take your pick from a plethora of charming, independently run pit-stops for you and pooch to refuel. From traditional tea rooms and fire-lit pubs to olde-worlde sweet shops, some even offer homemade dog treats and pet-friendly ice cream.
For woodland wanderers
Hunting down some secluded heathland for you and Fido to play hide and seek? Wareham Forest’s acres of woodland trails, pine trees and stunning landscapes, just 40 minutes from The Acorn Inn, is where to head. Take a bracing trek along the popular two-mile Sika Trail or opt for a longer hike from a huge range of options to suit all abilities.
For a great cup of coffee
The wide sandy sprawl of Studland Bay is an hour’s drive from Evershot, but these beaches make for some of the most memorable dog walks in Dorset. One of the area’s most famous shorelines, it’s designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its 185 million years of natural history. Pups can race ahead as you take in the stunning surrounds. Nod to the chalky thrusts of Old Harry Rocks emerging from the ocean, and finish with a steaming cappuccino at the National Trust café at Knoll Beach. During the cooler months, its indoor doggy area offers the perfect post-walk perch.
For an extended adventure
One of Dorset’s prettiest localities, a stone’s throw from Studland Bay, Corfe Common takes in the countryside that inspired Enid Blyton’s iconic Famous Five series. Explore a millennium of history at Corfe Castle, which has served as both a royal palace and a fortress. Furry friends are permitted entry on a lead, and the Corfe Common History Walk navigates a gentle route for all abilities. Feeling more adventurous? A challenging 12-mile walk to Swanage begins from Corfe Castle. Ride the steam train back if you don’t fancy the full-circle trek.
A little further along the coast, Kimmeridge is home to a rugged, untouched bay, pitted with rock pools that invite exploration. A prime location for fossil hunting, keep an eye out for an ancient souvenir to take home with you – just make sure it’s not mistaken for a treat.
Red Carnation Hotels’ The Acorn Inn warmly welcomes pets. Bring your furry family member along to enjoy some of Dorset’s fantastic dog walks.
Image credits: lead image © iStock/dageldog. Dog on beach © iStock/Ekaterina-Molchanova. Wareham Wood © iStock/iantonyspencer. Family on beach with dog © iStock/SolStock.