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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

Homebase

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

Outstanding service, I needed an item in an emergency and they sorted straight away over the phone. Thank you.

Good service staff were very good

The Orienteering Shop

8 Chapel Gardens, Blandford Forum DT11 7UY, UK

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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 country. 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..

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'

My family come here loads cause we love it! The play area is amazing and the toilets and showers are always clean! And I love the fact that there's loads of things to discover in the park and the woods! Love it!

Bryanston Cottage

Bryanston Street, Blandford Forum DT11 7AZ, UK – 01258 452746

We absolutely loved this place! It was like a secret heaven hidden away in the middle of Blandford Forum. Amazing, comfortable and cozy place with great people. Delicious home-made food. We stayed there in June with my mom, stepdad and boyfriend. I would definitely love to go there again. Thank you very much for the hospitality!

My partner and I stayed for 2 nights here for a weekend away. I had bought Hall and Woodhouse brewery tour for my partner for Christmas and chose to stay at Bryanston cottage instead of at The Crown hotel (which was lovely, we had dinner there one night and their bar was very nice). The main reason for choosing the cottage was because of the beautiful scenery and fantastic reviews. We weren't disappointed. John and Lexi were ever so welcoming. Lemon drizzle cake on arrival, free room upgrade (we stayed in the studio flat, toured the rest of the house which was gorgeous, but the studio flat with it's own entrance was ever so convenient) and let us leave the car in their car park after we had checked out so we could explore the town before leaving Blandford. WE WOULD STAY HERE AGAIN! Beautiful part of England, and with such welcoming hosts (I didn't even mention the breakfast, full continental PLUS a full English breakfast! Truly scrummy) we definately recommend.

Charlton Inn

Bournemouth Rd, Charlton Marshall, Blandford Forum DT11 9NH, UK – 01258 453160

Very friendly and served a very well appreciated roast, with good vegetarian alternatives too.

Staff were lovely, very nice pub but food was very mediocre

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!