Walking holidays in Dorset & The New Forest

Home to almost 200,000 acres of stunning forest and heathland, the New Forest is one of Britain’s most unspoilt natural habitats with special qualities, including the freedom to ramble across unenclosed land. Created as a royal forest by William I in about 1079, it was made a National Park in 2002. Adjacent to this are the unspoilt, very English landscapes of Dorset where the dramatic Jurassic coast and wonderful sandy beaches abut rolling farmland sheltering ancient rural villages beloved by authors as varied as Enid Blyton and Thomas Hardy.

Both these authors feature in our wonderful walks in the area which include cliff top rambling to the fascinating Durdle Door, carved into the coast by the English Channel sea and river saunters to the churches and villages that have inspired many over the years.

Our Dorset & The New Forest highlights

Fossil hunting

The Jurassic Coast is a popular site for fossil hunting with the remains of many marine creatures to be found. Take our expert with you for best results!

Included in our Tailor-made holiday

Hardy's Cottage

Visit the cottage where Thomas Hardy grew up. It was built of cob and thatch in 1840 and has been little altered since.

Included in our Tailor-made holiday

Studland Bay

Studland Bay contains a 4 mile stretch of unspoilt golden sandy beach and was the inspiration for Toytown in Enid Blyton’s Noddy. Owned by The National Trust

Included in our Enid Blyton's Dorset holiday

Dovecote cafe

Lovely café in a walled garden in the delightful village of Moreton where TE Lawrence is buried in the churchyard.

Included in our Tailor-made holiday

Isle of Wight

Easily reached by ferry from Lymington, step back in time and visit the island on a fun day trip, walking coast to coast and spotting The Needles.

Included in our Tailor-made holiday

Corfe Castle

Ruined Corfe Castle’s dramatic setting often inspired Enid Blyton’s adventures. Located in a pretty village which can be reached by steam train.

Included in our Tailor-made holiday

Our Dorset & The New Forest Walking holidays