As we enter Spring, outdoor holidays are becoming more accessible, and with the rise in staycations its no wonder people are wanting to get out and take in the fresh air. Walking holidays present the perfect chance to experience incredible scenery, discover new destinations and get back to nature. We’ve put together some top tips for planning a walking holiday (after the Corona Virus period is over) across one of the UK’s most amazing destinations – Dorset!
Before you venture out on your walking holiday it’s important to do your research, especially if you’re going solo. You should research some recommended routes and see if there are any must see landmarks along the way!
It’s also important to research the weather at the time of year you’re looking to travel, as this may impact some routes, especially along the coast.
Carefully considering the items you pack for a walking holiday is essential as you’ll be often be outdoors for long periods of time. Make a list of necessities of both items you’ll need for your trip as a whole, and items you may need to take with you in your day bag whilst out walking.
As Dorset has a lot of varied terrain from beaches to moorlands, it’s important to pack sturdy footwear and walking sticks if necessary. Warm clothing may also be needed dependent on the time of year, and a waterproof jacket if rain is forecast! Items such as portable phone chargers, maps, water, food and an extra pair of socks are all good essentials to have in your day bag.
Place to Stay
Having a comfortable place to relax and lay your head after a busy day out walking and exploring is essential to make your trip as enjoyable as possible. There are a range of options of places to stay in Dorset. For the more adventurous why not pack a tent and search out the local wild camping spots, or for those looking for a place to recharge and call home on their trip, Dorset Holiday Cottages could be the perfect place to relax after a long day.
One of the most important things to consider before embarking on your walking holiday is to know your abilities. If you’re an avid hiker and have years of experience, then the difficult terrain and harder trails could be light work for you. But for those with little to no experience, it’s important to stay on designated paths and highlight your routes on a map beforehand.
As with any other holiday, it’s important to be responsible in your actions. Dorset is home to National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty so it’s important to maintain these! Make sure you’re following all the rules of these areas such as; avoiding campfires in certain places, not littering, avoiding walking through certain areas which may be home to protected fauna and flora, and make sure to look after the environment around you.
There are so many benefits to a walking holiday, and Dorset offers some amazing routes and scenery, so why not explore this fantastic destination on your next holiday.
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