Dorchester Walking Festival
Download the 28-page Walking Festival Programme
The Dorchester Walking Festival is a 9-day event taking place from Saturday, 13th May 2023 to Sunday, 21st May during National Walking Month.
There are 50 guided walks to choose from – a great mix of long and short walks and activities for all abilities and interests. Whether you are a keen hiker or prefer a gentle stroll, the programme will include something for everyone – for all ages, families and individuals alike.
We have also included many of the varied self-guided walks that can be enjoyed at your leisure, throughout the festival. Lengths of these vary from 2-mile trails around the town to more intrepid hikes, such as the 26-mile Cerne Valley walk and the 212-mile Hardy Way, to be done over many days.
We hope you can enjoy us on this incredible journey through our local landscape and heritage.
On this page you will find links to the schedule of Guided Walks taking place during the festival, with links to book your place.
Scroll further down for links to the recommended Self-Guided walks, which take in Dorchester and the surrounding area.
Dorchester is perfectly situated to be a base for walkers
You’ll be spoiled for choice with the large range of self-guided walks, ideal for those who prefer to walk at their own pace. The whole area surrounding Dorchester is packed full of stunning locations, a mix of picturesque villages, country lanes, grassy tracks and steeper pathways with breathtaking views. These suggested routes offer you your own personal adventure, allowing you time to linger for longer.
To whet your appetite and find out a little more about our fascinating county town, in the heart of rural Dorset, you may be interested in the following videos of just a couple of the town’s iconic landmarks:
However long you decide to stay in Dorchester – You will find a warm welcome and a whole feast of things to do!