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The Ramblers Association now have a greatly improved website which is an exceptional rescource for all walkers, hykers and young families wanting to go for walks with young children. This site lists everything from historical walks to guided walks and really audious walks.

Find A Walk Near Me by Walking Britain is a truly excellent and free resource. Just enter where you are or where you would like to walk - and print out directions. The walks are graded and you can buy a specific map of the area at the same time. These are proper OS maps and weather proofed if required.

I always think of walking as one of the few activities you can do for free - and now you can with this guide!

Walking, Hiking and Outdoor Shops

Bartletts Country Stores

Country Wise House, Blandford Forum DT11 7EG, UK – 01258 459455

Love going there staff very helpful as I'm always going for horse bits and bobs and Pam marsh and lady's very helpful x xxx

Great place and staff ore ok ... 're stocking materials they have run out of is a bit adhock

Homebase - Blandford Forum

Stour Park, Blandford St Mary, Blandford Forum DT11 9LQ, UK – 0345 640 7242

Great place to find your tools, for home and garden. Also has an Argos that is now incorporated inside. Parking is located on site. If you're peckish then there is a Tesco just over the road, and a nice green area not too far away.

Small for a Homebase but easy local store with parking, toilet if you ask.

Outdoor Lifestyle Innovations Ltd

Downside Cl, Blandford Forum DT11 7SF, UK – 07585 472253

Fantastic company there craftsmanship is outstanding the finish and experience they give is brilliant.

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Another good one. Walkingworld has huge library of guides with a good selection of walks, of varying lengths and grades, pretty well anywhere in the UK. The walks come in an excellent format making them very easy to follow, with photographs to illustrate every important decision point and a proper Ordnance Survey map.

A modist annual subscription gives you unlimited access to all the walks. However you can Pay As Go by downloading indiviual walks.

Crucially you can also find walks France, Spain, Norway, Portugal and Australia!

Camping and Caravaning

Inside Park

The Inside Park, Down House Estate, Blandford St Mary, Blandford Forum DT11 9AD, UK – 01258 453719

Stayed here for the first time last week and was very impressed with everything. Toilets & showers very clean, the campsite is very spacious and clean. We have moved our caravan to the storage on site from a caravan club site and were not sure what it would be like but we needn't have worried because it was wonderful. The weather let us down a bit in the week but the weekend made up for it. The children's playground is well stocked for both young and slightly older children. Looking forward to going again later in the year'

I wasnt sure what to expect when we booked our 1st camping trip here, but neednt have worried as it was lovely. I was very happy where we were situated (not in the packed open field!) But around more in the foresty bit. Shower block/toilets was 30 sec walk away, which is great when u have a 4 yr old and cleaned every day. Beautiful forest right behind our tent which was also great when u have a 12month old dalmatian 😉 can walk for hours as signposted with colour markers. They also had a fantastic park which i definately had more fun in than my daughter! Would recommend and also visit again.

Bushes Farm Caravan Park

Bushes Rd, Blandford DT11 8SU, UK – 01258 452496

What a little gem of a site. Very pretty , kept luvly. Amazing views. Just the place to be if you want peace and quiet and recharge your batteries. Shower block kept very clean. I would highly recommend a visit. Very friendly people running the site

Lovely quiet setting friendly owner good clean facilities.

Dog People is such a great website if you have dogs who go on holiday with you. Just enter your location and everything from dog friendly Bed and Breakfasts and Hotels to dog friendly walks and beaches come up. The Dog People site covers Bed & Breakfast, Holiday Parks, Hotels, Self Catering, Pubs & Food, Days Out. Enjoy!
'Walks with Buggies' is a must for walking parents with young children, babies or even grannies and grandpas! If you would like to walk around Blandford or Dorset just select your nearest town, length of walk and type of walk. You will not only be able to download detailed OS maps free of charge but you can read reviews of walks and their ratings - and add your own afterwards! Enjoy