The Best Winter Dog Walks in Swanage

October 30th, 2023

Winter is a truly magical time of year in Swanage, making it the perfect holiday destination for Winter holidays in Dorset. If you’re visiting our dog-friendly holiday park in Swanage, then you’ll be pleased to know that there are a wide selection of fantastic dog walks near Swanage to choose from! Discover our selection of the best winter dog walks in Swanage.



Dancing Ledge

Dancing Ledge is a hidden gem along the Jurassic Coast, offering breathtaking views of the sea and surrounding cliffs. During the winter months, Dancing Ledge is very still, making it the ideal spot for a relaxing dog walk near Swanage. The path to Dancing Ledge is only 3.5 miles long and is relatively easy, making it accessible for dogs and owners of all walking abilities. We can guarantee that you and your furry companion will love the stunning sea views and refreshing coastal air whilst enjoying a dog walk at Dancing Ledge!

dancing ledge winter

Anvil Point

Anvil Point is another must-visit landmark in Swanage for an unforgettable winter dog walk. The rugged cliffs and panoramic ocean views make this a popular dog walk in Swanage amongst both locals and visitors alike. We believe that all dogs and owners will love the opportunity to explore the coastal paths and revel in the natural beauty at Anvil Point. The brisk sea breeze and the sound of waves crashing against the rocks make Anvil Point a truly magical place to enjoy a dog walk in Swanage during the winter months.

winter anvil point swanage

Wareham Forest

If you’re looking for a slight change of scene whilst staying in the coastal seaside town of Swanage, we highly recommend heading over to Wareham Forest for a beautiful woodland experience. The diverse terrain and peaceful ambience of the forest in Dorset offer dog walkers to immerse themselves in the rural landscape here in the southwest of England. The forest paths are perfect for a winter dog walk, allowing your pet to roam amidst the tall trees and crisp winter air. Please make sure to keep your dog on a leash, as this will help protect the local wildlife (such as wild ponies) and maintain a safe environment for all.

ferns wareham forest

Corfe Castle

If you’re visiting Swanage in the winter, we highly recommend spending a day in Corfe! The castle ruins and surrounding countryside provide an excellent spot to enjoy a multitude of dog walks in varying difficulties and lengths. While you enjoy your dog walk exploring the castle grounds, you can immerse yourself in the rich history of the area. What’s more, the village of Corfe is lined with a wide selection of cafes and pubs, which provide the perfect destination to stop off for a spot of lunch whilst you are out enjoying a dog walk around Corfe Castle.

corfe castle in the mist

Old Harry Rocks

Old Harry Rocks is a stunning coastal landmark here in Swanage and is a true natural wonder! The striking chalk cliffs and awe-inspiring views of the English Channel make this location a hugely popular choice for a winter dog walk. Your furry friend will love the chance to stroll along the cliff paths while taking in the breathtaking views over the sea below. If you’re looking for an extra bit of magic whilst enjoying a winter holiday in Swanage, we recommend visiting Old Harry Rocks later in the day as the winter sunsets in this area are particularly enchanting! As the walk along Old Harry Rocks is a cliff-top rock, we advise that all dogs are kept on a leash to prevent the risk of any injury to your pet.


old harry rocks dog walk

Dog-friendly Holiday Park in Swanage

Whether you prefer coastal cliffs, historic ruins, or tranquil forest paths, Swanage has a wide selection of fantastic dog walks to discover. Ulwell Holiday Park is ideally placed for those looking to enjoy winter dog walks in Swanage. We offer a variety of accommodation options including static caravan holiday homes, camping and touring pitches as well as a cosy glamping pod! To secure your winter holiday in Swanage, you can either book online or call our friendly reception team at 01929 422823.

What’s more, our pub restaurant, The Village Inn, is ideally located a mile away from Corfe Castle, providing an excellent pit-stop for those enjoying a dog-walk in Swanage.

What our guests say

  • A lovely quiet site

    Andy Blackwell

    A lovely quiet site, nice warm amenities with good sized shower cubicles, shop not open yet as it’s too early but the local pub is ideal. Staff were very friendly and helpful. If you’re reasonably fit you can walk into Swanage but the bus service is great so why would you want to. Overall a very nice break, we will be back.

  • Super swimming pool

    Joseph Molford

    Fantastic site, we have had a brilliant holiday. Super swimming pool and changing facilities. Site really handy to get to Swanage and Studland. Will definitely return. Thanks to all the staff for a lovely holiday.

  • Excellent quality caravan site

    Peter Skrobacz

    Excellent quality caravan site, top quality, small and friendly, location fantastic. Been visiting Ulwell for over 25 years now and every year is special.

  • An amazing week at Ulwell

    Jenny H

    We have just returned back from our weeks stay at Ulwell Holiday Park with our 2 small children and dog. It was an absolute brilliant week! The site has everything you need, and more! A lovely comfy pub on site for drinks and a bowl of chips, a small shop, swimming pool, large play are with park, and the bus stops right outside.. what more could you want

  • Easter break


    We have just returned after a brilliant Easter break. Couldn’t fault anything at all and we didn’t want to leave. We didn’t visit the pub but the shop is stocked with local produce and essentials. The facilities are great and the location convenient. Our van was spotless and had everything we needed. We will definitely be back

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From Bournemouth via the Sandbanks chain ferry and following the B3351 into Swanage.

From Wareham using the A351 into Swanage, turn left along the seafront towards Studland.


The park is situated on the main bus route from Bournemouth to Swanage.


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