From the wonderful beaches and the Jurassic coast in the south, to the wild moorlands of Dartmoor National Park in north, Dorset is a backpackers haven with a real abundance of views, walks and trails, both off-road and on.
But is backpacking as a travel form only for the young and the carefree? Could it be for those who enjoy the luxuries of life or those who like the comfort of a warm bed, hot showers, nice dinners and a well-stocked fridge? Absolutely!
Backpacking from the luxury and safety of a holiday cottage in Dorset or anywhere, opens this exciting travel form and experience up to families with kids, groups of friends of all sizes and couples on romantic getaways. Stay in the luxury of a HIDEAWAYS holiday cottage and from there, go on day trips with your backpacks, planned or unplanned, to the exciting areas accessible to you from your cottage or a short car ride.
Abbotts Cottage and 3 Great Dorset Walks
Make Abbotts Cottage in Stour Provost your base for a backpacking tour of Dorset. Abbotts Cottage is a wonderful and contemporary cottage on a lovely and quiet country lane just 4 miles from Shaftesbury.
A 15-minute drive from Abbotts Cottage is the edge of Cranborne Chase, classed as an AONB, and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and a perfect area for you to enjoy some fantastic walking, riding and cycling routes in Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty varying in length from 1 to 7+ miles.
A half hour drive from Abbotts Cottage is the famous Cerne Giant at Cerne Abbas, the ancient naked figure that is sculpted into the chalk hillside. The giant overlooks the village of Cerne Abbas, a great place from which you can explore the local area and the beautiful surrounding countryside you’re your backpack.
Old Harry Rocks
About an hour’s drive from Abbotts Cottage is a super 3½ mile walk or bike ride to the Old Harry Rocks on the Dorset coastline. Not many geological formations are as recognisable as Old Harry and his Mrs, formed by sea erosion and offering the most incredible views of Poole, Bournemouth and, on a clear day, the Isle of Wight. Visit the National Trust’s website for a downloadable map of the easy route from South Beach car park.