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Pub Walks in Dorset

17 December 2019

A ‘pub walk’ has been a British tradition for many, many years. It’s a great way to bond with the family, stretch your legs, breathe in the fresh air, and ultimately enjoy some quality food and drink.

Whether you enjoy a crisp countryside walk or you’re more of a seaside strider, Dorset has it all. Take a look at a wonderful range of pub walks in Dorset below.

The Swan Inn – Abbotsbury

The Swan Inn is located at the entrance to one of Dorset’s most beautiful and traditional villages, Abbotsbury. As soon as you arrive at the car park adjacent to the pub, you’ll realise that you’re in for a real treat. Wander down towards the village centre and take a left onto Church Lane. From here, you can walk through the country road until you arrive at a hill with a chapel at the top – that’s St. Catherine’s Chapel! Find the footpath and take that to the top of the hill for extensive views of the Jurassic Coast, Abbotsbury and nearby towns and villages.

Pub Walks in Dorset

Fat Badger – Weymouth

The Fat Badger easily has one of the best and most scenic spots in Weymouth and the surrounding areas. The Fleet and Chesil Beach are both very close the Fat Badger, both offering extensive views of Chesil Beach itself and Portland. Parking is available at both the Fat Badger and on-road by the Fleet, where you can walk through the scenic field and down onto the beach.

The Fat Badger, Weymouth

The Old Granary – Wareham

The Old Granary is considered as one of the most picturesque pubs and a top place for al fresco dining in Dorset. Situated next to the town centre of Wareham and at the riverside with the backdrop of the Dorset countryside, there’s plenty of scenic routes to take. Or if you don’t fancy a walk, you can always take a boat trip up the River Frome!

The Old Granary, Wareham

Lulworth Cove Inn – Lulworth

It’s very likely that you’ve heard of Lulworth Cove, and for all the right reasons. The Lulworth Cove Inn is a gorgeous coastal pub that is sat at the heart of (you guessed it) Lulworth Cove. Parking at Lulworth Cove is easily accessible, where you have a variety of options for your walk. If you just want to take things easy, you can stroll around the bay at Lulworth Cove or even visit the nearby fossil forest. For a more challenging (and extremely rewarding option), you can take the coastal path to Durdle Door and back.

Lulworth Cove Inn, Lulworth

The Saxon Inn – Blandford

The Saxon Inn really is the epitome of the Dorset countryside. Nestled in the picturesque village of Child Okeford at Blandford Forum, there is lots of countryside to explore and a wide variety of places to walk. It’s a proper country pub, for proper pub walks!

Saxon Inn

Red Lion – Swanage

The Red Lion at Swanage is within walking distance of all of the town’s beautiful assets. Swanage, a seaside town, is home to a lovely town centre that offers much to explore, in addition to its picturesque seafront. This gives you the option to stroll through the town centre, take a walk along the seafront – or both! Either way, it’s the perfect place to stop for a drink and a bite to eat after a relaxing walk.


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Urban Reef – Boscombe, Bournemouth

Urban Reef is a casual beach bar and restaurant by Boscombe beachside by Bournemouth. Open all year round, a beach walk is always a joy in any season. There are plenty of route options: maybe take your walk from Boscombe Pier to Bournemouth Pier and back again, enjoying some tasty refreshments along the way. The walk along the beachside is 1.6 miles each way, but there’s always the option to turn back whenever you wish.


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