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Dorset walking and cycling maps

Dorset is perhaps best known for its spectacular coastline, now a World Heritage Site, where a succession of extraordinary rock formations are strung out like pearls, from the crumbling chalk stacks of Old Harry Rocks to Lulworth Cove and the limestone arch of Durdle Door. Yet Dorset has so much more than coastline: forest trails and heathland; grassy downs much beloved by prehistoric man; meandering river paths and pretty villages tucked away from the major roads.

Based on Ordnance Survey cartography under licence, our walking maps show a selection of walks, ranging from around three to nine miles, which take in the highlights of this wonderfully diverse county, from windswept coastal walks and trails through nature reserves to forest rambles and walks in the footsteps of Dorset's famous sons, Thomas Hardy and T E Lawrence. Alternatively, if you fancy swapping two feet for two wheels, our cycle map of the Purbeck area features 12 well-researched routes taking in the very best of the area. All our maps also show detailed information on the full network of local footpaths and bridlepaths, allowing you to make up your own routes should you wish, as well as highlighting places of interest and nearby tourist attractions.

Bridport and Beaminster

Walking Map of Bridport and Beaminster

Walker's Map
ISBN 978 1 85215 1874
Scale:1: 38,000
Sheet size: 380mm x 514mm
Published: 2013

Seven walks from 4.5 to 6.75 miles including walks along the South West Coast Path, taking in Eype, Seatown, Bridport, West Bay and Burton Bradstock. Also includes a range of inland walks around Beaminster, Broadoak, Powerstock, Askerswell and Stoke Abbot, many with far-reaching views.

Click here for an overview of the map. Map side Text side


Purbeck by Bike

Cycle Map
ISBN 978 1 85215 1867
Scale: 1: 46,500
Sheet size: 420mm x 594mm
Published: 2013

This full colour cycle map (published 2013) covers the popular Purbeck area from Moreton and West Lulworth in the west to Swanage and Studland in the east and from Briantspuddle and Wareham Forest in the north down to the UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coast.

Produced at a scale of 1: 46,500, using Ordnance Survey cartography under licence, the map is overlaid with 12 clearly marked colour-coded cycle routes researched and recommended by local cycle hire, sales and repair business, Cyclexperience, as well as members of the Greenlink Project and the Studland & Purbeck Integrated Transport Partnership. Together they take in the very best the area has to offer, from pretty villages like Corfe Castle, dominated by its ruined hilltop fortress, to forest tracks, a ride in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia and coastal trails across the great chalk ridge of the Purbeck Hills, with its sweeping sea views.

The rides are suitable for families as well as those looking for a longer, more challenging ride. For each route an overview is supplied which includes the length of the route, an indication of difficulty and a track elevation graph together with a description of the route's highlights. In addition to the marked routes, the entire network of cycle paths and bridlepaths are also shown enabling cyclists to join together sections of routes or devise their own routes should they wish to do so. The map additionally shows tourist attractions, viewpoints, picnic sites, car parks campsites and pubs throughout the area.

Click here for an overview of the map: Map side Text side

Swanage and East Purbeck

Walking Map of Swanage and East Purbeck

Walker's Map
ISBN 978 1 85215 0600
Scale: 1:38,000
Sheet size: 380mm x 514mm

Walks from 2 - 5 miles including walks from Wareham and Corfe Castle, a walk around the Arne Nature Reserve and a selection of coastal trails.

Lulworth and West Purbeck

Walking Map of Lulworth and West Purbeck

Walker's Map
ISBN 978 1 85215 0679
Scale: 1: 38,000
Sheet size: 380mm x 514mm

Walks from 3 - 9 miles including a Thomas Hardy Trail, a walk from Moreton to T E Lawrence's home at Clouds Hill and a selection of coastal routes, several of which can be combined to make an enjoyable day's walk.

Cerne Abbas to Milton Abbas

Walking Map of Cerne Abbas to Milton Abbas

Walker's Map
ISBN 978 1 85215 7012
Scale: 1: 38,000
Sheet size: 380mm x 514mm

Seven walks through the Dorset Downs from 4 - 8 miles including walks around the Cerne Giant, Tolpuddle, the Dorset Gap, Godmanstone, the Piddle Valley, Dewlish, Milton Abbas and Ansty.

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