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Local & Tourism Links

Volunteering Opportunities  
Christchurch Walks & Nature Reserves Walks & Trails Around Dorset
Interesting Sites in the Area Museums in Dorset
Volunteering Opportunities  

Christchurch Countryside Service Tel 01425 272479
Email to volunteer: countryside@christchurchandeastdorset.gov.uk or check out their website: Christchurch Conservation Volunteers

Volunteer at the Red House
For more Information: Contact the Museum on 01202 482860
or visit the Museum’s website.
Christchurch Walks & Nature Reserves
Christchurch Countryside services maintain a range
of Local Nature Reserves & other open spaces.

Please see the list in their linked website.
Lymington and Keyhaven Nature
(a short drive away)
Links to other Interesting Sites in the Area
Christchurch Borough Council - Tourism East Dorset Ramblers: If you would like to find out more or join the Ramblers, just ‘phone Jim McDonald,  Group Recruitment Officer Tel: 01202 691709 or visit their website
Friends of Tutton's Well, Stanpit
Hengistbury Head
CHOG - Christchurch Harbour Ornithological Group Steamer Point
  Studland Beach and Nature Reserve
Kingston Lacy House and Garden Brownsea Island
Corfe Castle Clouds Hill - home of Lawrence of Arabia
The National Trust Wildlife Trust
RSPB Natural England
Environment Agency  

Walks & Trails Around Dorset

  • Castleman Trailway

    One of Dorset's gentlest way-marked routes, this 16 mile trailway follows much of the old Dorchester to Southampton railway line. The trailway takes you through some of East Dorset's stunning landscape.

  • Cerne Valley Way

    This circular walk takes in the hamlets and villages of Minterne Magna, Cerne Abbas, Nether Cerne, Godmanstone, Forston and Charminster.

  • Clouds Hill - 3-mile circular Walk

    Now known as The Lawrence of Arabia Trail.

  • Frome Valley Trail
  • Starting at Evershot, the second highest village in Dorset the route meanders close to the River Frome towards Poole Harbour. The route passes through Chilfrome, Maiden Newton, Bradford Peverell, Charminster and Dorchester. Along the way a wealth of wildlife found in and beside the river can be seen. This includes the iridescent flash of a Kingfisher, the bright yellow Marsh Marigold, Water Crowfoot and Brown Trout. At present the trail finishes at Dorchester but there are plans to extend the route to Poole Harbour.

  • North Dorset Trailway

    The North Dorset Trailway runs along the route of the old Somerset and Dorset Railway line and takes you through some picturesque villages of the Blackmore vale. The old railway line provides an ideal route for a Trailway as it links many of North Dorset's towns and villages.

  • South Dorset Ridgeway

    Part of the South West Coast Path National Trail, the South Dorset Ridgeway passes through the ceremonial landscape of the South Dorset. You will be following in the footsteps of the people who lived here over 5,000 years ago. With the exception of one or two short sections the route affords superb coastal views virtually along its entirety.

  • South West Coast Path

    The Dorset Coast Path forms part of the 630 mile South West Coast Path National Trail. Wherever you choose to visit along the Dorset coast, you can stroll along the frontier between land and sea courtesy of the Coast Path, where dramatic landscapes and seascapes are revealed with every twist and turn of the route. The coast path follows cliff top, lagoon, beach and urban environments.

  • Wessex Ridgeway

    The Wessex Ridgeway Trail is a magnificent ridge-top route crossing Dorset's rural heartland. The trail offers vistas across the county and breathtaking views far beyond. The majority of the route straddles a long chalk ridge but in places is broken up by small rounded hills and secluded valleys. Each section of the trail has its own unique identity and its delights to explore.

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Museums in Dorset

Dorset is rich in history and this is reflected in the museum collections across the county. Dorset's museums have many varied collections of archaeological, geological, social history and fine art material including some that are nationally important.

Dorset Museum Links

Dorset Castles and Forts

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