The joys of exploring the world on foot and at your own pace are ones which generation after generation has cherished. It’s what has driven our desire to reach new lands and, ultimately, granted us total mastery of the world around us.
Today, there’s little-uncharted land for the average Joe to explore, but that doesn’t mean the joy of walking has been lost. Quite the opposite, in fact, with countless walking routes designed to highlight the best of our planet.
Dorset is home to thousands of miles of stunning country and town walks, taking in the rich and varied landscape of this gorgeous, historic county. Welcoming hundreds of thousands of tourists each year, Dorset’s landscape is prime for exploration.
Of course, for those of us with dogs, there’s nothing quite like a walk with our furry friend in tow. It’s why our dog-friendly cottages are in such high demand throughout the year, and why we’ve put together this list of the best dog walking routes around Lyme Regis. Let’s get started.
Lyme Regis to Uplyme and Ware.
Taking roughly five miles to complete, this gorgeous walk encapsulates what makes Lyme Regis so special.
Travelling up the River Lim from which the town gets its name, you’ll pass historic buildings, navigate through dense woods and enjoy spectacular country views from Uplyme before enjoying dramatic views of the sea and the historic Cobb harbour. The route is detailed here and dogs are welcome along the entirety of the route, so you’ve got no reason not to explore Lyme Regis and its surrounding area together.
Branscombe Mouth to Branscombe.
Located just a short drive down the coast from Lyme Regis is a short but lovely walk through and around the quaint, charming village of Branscombe.
Beginning with a relatively steep ascent, the route quickly levels out and the going is easy from there as you make your way towards Branscombe, a National Trust managed town with a working forge and mill. It’s an easy walk, ideal for taking kids along and there’s plenty to see and do in the town itself. 1.9 miles is the total length of the circular route which begins and ends at a car park, so put your dog in the car and head over.
Langdon Hill, Golden Cap & St. Gabriel’s Chapel.
One for the serious walkers and the most energetic pups, here, as this 4.5-mile walk along the South West Coast Path takes you through a number of challenging yet rewarding landscapes.
You’ll visit the woods on Langdon Hill, see the medieval hamlet of Stanton St. Gabriel and its ruined 13th-century chapel and so much more. This longer route, which also takes you to the top of Golden Cap (a legendary site for unparalleled views out over the county) was also featured in an episode of ‘Britain’s Best Walks with Julia Bradbury’.
Although more challenging than the other walks in this short guide, it’s a highly recommended experience and is just a 15-minute drive from our Lyme Regis holiday cottages.