Love outdoor adventure? Book accommodation for an adventure holiday in Dorset.
Dorset should be on your list if you love the outdoors, we list the best outdoor adventure to be had in the Country, from leisurely coastal strolls to adrenalin filled coasteering.
Our accommodation in Dorset is within easy reach of the coast, with walks from your door. But what does Dorset have to offer when its comes outdoor adventure?
So winter is here. Trudging to work and back in the dark and summer’s too far away to contemplate warm sultry days and dreamy evening strolls. Your pledge to get fit has fallen by the wayside and comfort eating is the only thing on the menu. Want to shed those pounds but can’t drag yourself away from the warmth and comfort of your onesy. In fact that dent you’ve made in the sofa cushion seat is looking like a work of art. Well let me tempt you down to Dorset for some gentle exercise or maybe a hair raising adrenaline rush.
Horse Riding in Dorset.
Ever imagined yourself riding along long empty sandy beaches, gentle waves lapping at your steeds feet. Normally I’d say – dream on! But you could make your fantasy a reality at Studland stables(+44 01929 450273). Though you must be able to canter on a novice ride, the gallop along the long sandy beach is a must on your bucket list.
Gorcombe Farm near Blandford (see The Lawns) is a former farm and haven for those that love all things oily and muddy. Quadbiking, paintballing and archery to name three of ten outdoor activities for any party size. Visit their website
Adrenalin Junkies or Adventurous at Heart. For me it’s the powder found in the Alps but I have skied on Corfe Common in Corfe Castle, my husband generously offering to tow me at the back of the Land Rover up and down the hill. As Dorset’s mild climate rarely offers this thrill, perhaps I can tempt you with some of the other more adventurous sports on offer in our fair county. Got a head for heights? Visit the high rope course and ‘Go Ape’ at Moors Valley Country Park or perhaps cliff climbing feeds your habit Dizzy Height will help improve your skills. Of course back to the Alpine theme there is always Snowtrax (01202 499155) in Christchurch for a bit of dry slope fun.
What is coasteering? For those that done know, you swim, climb, jump and scramble your way along the dramatic Dorset coast. Organised by Land Wave and starting from either Durdle Door or Dancing Ledge, all your need is some old trainers, oh and leave your fear behind! Visit Land and Wave Here
Walking In Dorset.
Put one foot in front of another. It’s that’s easy. Dorset offers jaw dropping beauty wherever you choose to ramble. Inspiring coastlines, wooded valleys, chalk downlands and secluded river valleys. It’s all free and remember, there is no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing. Retrace the steps taken by those smugglers of old along one of the world’s most famous rambles, the South West Coast Path, Before embarking take time out in one our cottages Lulwind, sat in front of a roaring wood burning stove and located just yards from the path, to read Moonfleet by J. Meade Faulkner. Perhaps you can spot some of the breath taking locations so vividly described in his narrative.
For all the family, take a stroll, bike ride or sit in your mobility scooter along the Rodwell Trail which follows the path of the old Weymouth to Portland railway and is hard surfaced to make it ideal for all abilities. If it’s just a short ramble you want, you could do no better than visit the 2 mile circular walk through Wareham Forest known as The Sika Trail where you might catch a glimpse of those beautiful shy little creatures. Whatever your taste or ability you’ll find something enticing in our wonderfully varied county.
Whilst we all know that encouraging walking and cycling in the young when on holiday is both laudable and inexpensive, there comes a time when they just won’t be fobbed off any more with a brisk walk along the beach in the pouring rain. At this time, a visit to Tower Park in Poole is just the ticket. Swimming at Splashdown, Bowling at Bowlplex or let those kids go wild at Lemur Landings a huge indoor soft play area. In addition, after all the activities a meal at one of the multitude of restaurants and cafes will finish off the visit. Of course it’s not all fun and larking about in Dorset, we do have our culture as well. We have a plethora of museums and art galleries but for those of you at the top echelon of cultured society a trip to the Dorset Teddy Bear Museum in Dorchester (01305 266040) is a must, where fellow devotees can be seen hob-nobbing it with Edward Bear in Teddy Bear House.
So if you are a family group including fit couples, aspiring fit couples, middle aged go getters or mature already gots, then Dorset and our luxury accommodation has something for you this winter. Alternatively you could stay at home and cultivate that piece of artwork on the sofa.
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