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Activities and Water Sports in Dorset

14 March 2017

Water Sports in Dorset

Oh you do like to be beside the seaside – and while you’re here it seems many of you also like to take advantage of all the activities and sports on offer, especially those that involve getting your feet wet!

A surprising number of the sailors and windsurfers you see out on the water are visitors who were introduced to their sport whilst holidaying here. Now they are hooked and regularly return to enjoy their chosen sport. 

Depending on how adventurous you want to be, you too could take the opportunity to have a go at sailing, stand-up paddle boarding, SCUBA diving or wind and kite surfing. But if you’re inclined towards something a little more relaxing then shore fishing could be the answer.     

The Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy hosted the sailing events of London 2012; sailing lessons for all abilities are available here so you could find yourself skimming across the same waters that saw Britain’s Ben Ainslie win his Gold medal. Numerous sailing events take place throughout the year, attracting competitors from far
and wide.  

Landlubbers can let their feet do the walking – and The South West Coast Path is arguably one of the area’s best walking routes if stunning views are on your wish list. You don’t have to walk the whole length (at 630 miles long that would be somewhat exhausting!) but you can join the Path wherever you wish and just take in a small section. Details can be found at

Cycling is high on the list of popular activities at the moment and there are lots of off-road cycle tracks around Dorset. Downloadable cycle maps are available here.

Quad biking, clay shooting, horse riding, coasteering – the opportunities to have a go at something new are seemingly endless. And, of course, there are leisure centres with pools and all the latest fitness equipment, should you want to burn off those holiday calories.

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