We have seen before that Dorset is great for walkers. There are cliff tops, peaceful country lanes, rolling hills and woodland trails – in fact there are more than 4,700 well-signed and way marked footpaths, bridleways and byways to explore.
Thousands of visitors come for the Dorset stretch of the South West Coast Path –a 630 mile footpath from Minehead in Somerset to Poole Harbour. They can use the South West Coast Path website to look for walks at different levels of difficulty, from wherever they are.
In the west, the Dorset section of the Wessex Ridgeway runs from Ashmore in the north past ancient hill forts and the Cerne Abbas Giant for 65 miles down to the coast at Lyme Regis.
The Stour Valley Way is a 64 mile, long distance walk that follows the River Stour from its source at Stourhead to the point where is flows into the sea at Christchurch Harbour.
From families looking for outdoor activities to event cyclists, there is a good selection of circular and short distance cycle routes at all levels, which can be downloaded here . If you work in accommodation, why not print off some suggested routes for your guests; together with details of cycle hire. Does your business have a secure place for bikes? Is this something that you could easily offer guests?
While Dorset is a magnet for active pursuits, it’s a major draw for golfers. There are cliff top courses with stunning views, mature parkland bursting with wildlife, excellent driving ranges and pitch and putt courses for young golfers. Remember, golf is a game that can attract wealthy tourists with families in tow – good for the overall economy!