Dorset Maps and Guide Books

Below are listed general maps and guide books for Dorset, and also walking guides and maps. Scroll down to find the most useful for yourself.

Dorset Slow Travel Guide Book – Bradt Publishing, by Alexandra Richards

This new third edition of Bradt’s popular guide to Dorset – part of its distinctive series of ‘Slow Travel’ guides to local UK regions – has been thoroughly updated to reflect all the most recent changes to the region. Where – and what – to eat, where and when to go and what to see are all covered, providing an essential guide to one of Britain’s most rural counties.

The author, a Dorset girl born and bred, says: ‘Many of Dorset’s attractions are well-hidden and known only to locals, who like to keep the county’s treasures to themselves. This guide takes you to those secret places and introduces you to some delightful Dorset locals past and present. Practical information covers accommodation, eating and drinking, and travelling in this unspoilt region.’

The Rough Guide to Dorset, Hampshire & the Isle of Wight

From sweeping beaches to medieval forests, country pubs to seaside hotels, The Rough Guide to Dorset, Hampshire & the Isle of Wight is the ultimate guide to this stunning part of England. Our expert authors show you all the region’s highlights and let you in on the secret spots locals love, with the fully updated listings shown on clear, full-colour maps.

Alongside this you’ll find gorgeous photography, fascinating historical background and vital practical information – everything from how to get around on public transport to when the best festivals are held. Discover the region’s Jurassic geology, prehistoric sites, chocolate-box villages and literary landmarks, all in Rough Guides’ trademark tell-it-like-it-is style.

Whether you’re interested in historic manors or wildlife walks, coastal cycle rides or farm-fresh food, The Rough Guide to Dorset, Hampshire & the Isle of Wight will help you make the most of your time in this beautiful region.

Dorset: 40 Coast and Country Walks, a Pocket Mountains guide book by Patrick Kinsella

From Old Harry Rocks, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, all along the shore of the Jurassic Coast to Lyme Regis, via the glowing summit of Golden Cap and the one-eyed winking lighthouse at Portland Bill, Dorset is a walkers’ wonderland.

The 40 routes in this book roam over hills and across heathland, go through forests and voluptuous valleys, trace ridgelines and precipitous cliffs, passing caves, castles, coves, country pubs and stunning viewpoints, to find vibrant villages and secret beaches. Here you’ll come face to-face with history, walk with the words of Thomas Hardy ringing in your ears, witness wondrous wildlife and encounter all manner of cottage industries, from community cake- and marmalade-makers to microbreweries bubbling away in back streets.

The South West Coast Path, Cicerone Guide Book

The South West Coast Path National Trail (SWCP) measures a staggering 630 miles (1015km) from Minehead on the Somerset coast right round Devon and Cornwall to Poole in Dorset.

The guidebook divides the route into 45 stages of between 12.5- 37.5km beginning and ending where amenities are available. No other stretch of coastline compares for scenic splendour, historical sites and availability of refreshments, accommodation and public transport, making it easy to split the South West Coast Path into week or weekend-long sections.

Dorset & South Devon Coast Path (Trailblazer British Walking Guide)

Trailblazer British Walking Guide: Dorset & South Devon Coast Path, South-West Coast Path Part 3, Plymouth to Poole Harbour

. Comprehensive, all-in-one guide to walking the Dorset & South Devon Coast Path, the third and last section of the South West Coast Path National Trail. The walking guide includes:

* 88 large-scale walking maps at just under 1:20,000 – showing route times, places to stay, places to eat, points of interest and much more.

* 29 town plans, 14 colour stage maps showing hills and descents, and 2 colour overview maps.

* Places to stay with reviews – pubs, hotels, B&Bs, hostels, bunkhouses, campsites.

Dorset – A Dog Walker’s Guide, from Countryside Books, by Nigel Vile

Here is a collection of 20 tried and tested circular walks throughout Dorset ranging in length between 3 to 6 miles. Dorset’s open landscape is ideal for dogs who like to run free and explore. There are picture-postcard villages like Milton Abbas; echoes of Dorset’s past such as at Badbury Rings and Corfe; plus walks along the majestic coastline that include Old Harry Rocks and Cesil beach.

All the walks include details of:
– Livestock and stiles
– Distance and terrain
– Where to park
– Contact details for the nearest vets
– Recommended dog-friendly pubs and caf├ęs

Pub Walks in Dorset, from Countryside Books, by Anne-Marie Edwards

Guides the walker to some of the best, most beautiful places in Dorset. The country pubs, upon which each walk is based, have all been chosen for their good food, range of ales, history and character.

The 20 circular walks vary in length from 2 and a half – 5 and three quarter miles. The walks include coastal paths at Kingston, Abbotsbury and Eype; woodland walks at Lytchett Minster, Corfe Mullen and Stoke Abbot; downland routes at Sixpenny Handley, Horton and Corfe Castle; and riverside walks at Tarrant Gunville, Moreton, Shillingstone and Hinton St Mary.

Short Walks in Dorset, from Collins Maps

A practical little walk guide to Dorset endorsed by the Ramblers. All of the 20 walks are 5 miles or under in length and can easily be completed in less than 3 hours. Clear Ordnance Survey maps show the route, along with easy-to-follow walk descriptions.

The southern English county of Dorset contains stunning coastal scenery and beautiful rural countryside waiting to be explored. The area is famous for the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, which features landforms such as the sublime Lulworth Cove, the impressive shingles of Chesil Beach, and the great natural arch of Durdle Door.

This guide, produced in co-operation with the Ramblers and featuring Ordnance Survey mapping, is the perfect way to get out and enjoy the stunning scenery.

Walking the Jurassic Coast: Dorset and East Devon – The Walks, the Rocks, the Fossils (Cicerone Walking Guides), by Ronald Turnbull

This guidebook describes 30 walking routes along the Devon-Dorset coast. The majority of the routes hug the shoreline between Torbay and Swanage, while others venture inland on the Dorset Downs. The walks range in length from 3 to 20 miles (5 to 33km) and are suitable for most walkers, with shorter routes alongside plenty of more challenging, full-day hikes. As well as detailed descriptions for every walk, accompanied by OS maps, there are details on available parking, points of interest along the way and advice on the terrain covered.

OS Explorer Maps of Dorset

1:25,000 Scale. The Ordnance Survey’s most detailed maps – every 4cm on the map is 1km, making it perfect for most activities including walking, running, and cycling.

With maps showing ‘Mobile Download’ you will receive a code for use on your iOS or Android smartphone or tablet.

OS Explorer Maps of Dorset

OS Landranger Maps of Dorset

1:50 000 scale Ordnance Survey maps.

With maps showing ‘Mobile Download’ you will receive a code for use on your iOS or Android smartphone or tablet.

OS Landranger Maps of Dorset

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For Dorset cycle maps and guide books, see the Bike Ride Maps website