When it’s cold and dark, the last thing you want to do is go outside, but if you’re a dog owner, walkies needs to take place whatever the weather. To make the whole process a little easier, we thought we’d put together some of the best place to go for a winter walk in Dorset. These are not only relatively mud free (always a bonus at this time of year) but are also picturesque.
The South West Coast Path
This path takes in all the sights of the west country and goes through Dorset, Devon and Cornwall and has various access points so you can make the walk as long or as short as you like. One of the shorter trails can be found at Lulworth Cove and the Fossil Forest, which is just over 2 miles and passes a beach and several pubs and cafes offering respite from the cold.
A longer option on the coast path is the Durdle Door to White Nothe walk. Stretching over seven miles and with some challenging sections, this one isn’t for the faint of heart, but there are some pretty incredible views to be seen and the beach at Durdle Door is dog friendly all year around.
This wetland reserve is just a short walk from Weymouth Beach and offers a circular route with plenty of opportunity to spot the wildlife – particularly birds, many winter species arrive here at this time of year and remain until the spring, so there are plenty of chances to see lots of different birds.
There are loads of dog friendly places to visit in Lyme Regis, including cafes and pubs so you have plenty of chances to stop off for a warm drink and a slice of cake. One great winter walk in this area is following the path along the River Lim, the footpath will take you through to Uplyme and then back again. Alternatively, you can visit Monmouth Beach which is mostly pebbled so you can keep wet sand out of your shoes!
A great spot if you want to avoid the mud, with fantastic moody views over the rocks and a car park close by for if you need to make a quick dash out of the rain plus conveniently located toilets. There are multiple options for walking around Portland, whether you take the coast path on a long walk around the island or take the shorter route from the light house, over the commons and back around by pulpit rock.