Local walks in Dorset
The South West is known for its stunning scenery and AOBNs, and Dorset boasts a whole range of walks to showcase the best of the county. For avid walkers, wildlife seekers, bird watchers and picnic packers, there is an array of Dorset walks within easy access of our independent hotel.
The area is yours to explore. From stretches along the famous Jurassic Coast to woodland walks with carpets of Bluebells, if you enjoy getting into the great outdoors, bring your walking boots and flask and come for a stay at the George Albert Hotel.
Thorncombe Wood Local Nature Reserve
Located a 20 minute drive from the hotel, Thorncombe Wood offers magical woodland walks throughout its 26 hectares. This pocket of beauty homes rich history and stunning natural wildlife, including dragonflies, ponies and grass snakes.
Lose yourself amongst beautifully raw nature. Take a morning, afternoon or the whole day to explore the woodland and paths beyond. Whatever the season, there’ll always be something new to see at Thorncombe Wood Local Nature Reserve.
Step back in time on a traditional farm and walk amongst rich flower grasslands, wild hedgerows and wet woodland, all home to a colourful array of wildlife. In the Summer months, spot clouds of marbled whites, meadow browns and ringlets butterflies that dance amongst the wildflower meadows. The reserve is also of national importance for the wax cap fungi, with 27 species present.
Climb over stiles, cross ditches and spot ponds and rivers alive with wildlife. From Spring to Autumn, cows with calves and bulls may reside in fields. It's important to respect their space and any signs.
At the heart of the nature reserve, find the Kingcombe Visitor Centre, where you can discover more about the rich and beautiful area. Kingcombe Meadows is open at all times and offers great Dorset walks, only a 15 minute drive from Geroge Albert.
South West Coast Path
The South West Coast Path is the UK’s longest National Trail, spanning from South Haven Point at Studland in Dorset to Minehead in Somerset. The path can take up to 8 weeks to complete, but you don’t have to commit to weeks of walking to enjoy this stunning path. Take an hour or two (and maybe a picnic) and enjoy some of the UK’s best coastal views at your own pace.
Visit the iconic Old Harry Rocks or the popular Durdle Door. For a closer trek along the path, drive just over half an hour to the seaside town of Weymouth and pick up the path in either direction.