For those of you who like more strenuous activity than walking, tennis and swimming we have listed below some of the activities available locally. Further information/leaflets on any of the listed activities and special events can be obtained from the Dorchester Tourist Office by calling 01305 267 992.
The sandy beaches of West Bay, Charmouth and Lyme Regis, as well as, the small coves at Eype and Seatown are all within easy reach, offering breath-taking coastal walks, fossil hunting, fishing/angling trips, scuba diving, paragliding, river boating, power boat trips, golf and much more.
There are several golf clubs in the area for all players. Below are some to look for:
- Bridport Golf Club
- Tel: 01308 421 095
- Halstock Golf Club (Nr. Yeovil)
- 18 holes, no visitor restrictions, ring first.
- Tel: 01935 891 689
- Charminster Golf Club
- 18 holes, no visitor restrictions, nearest to us.
- Tel: 01305 260 186
- Came Down Dorchester
- Tel: 01305 812 670
Just east of Dorchester is the only place in the south to try this extreme sport that has come from New Zealand.
Clay Pigeon Shooting:
Southern Counties Shooting Ground offer a wide range of clay shooting, tuition for those with experience and those with none at all. On the A37 near Evershot.
- Southern Counties Leisure
- Tel: 01935 83 625
Please see the information above.
Dorset Quad Biking takes you trekking across miles of beautiful countryside trails. Min age: 18yrs. 6 riders per trip. Approx 2 hrs (£45-£50 per person).
- Dorset Quad Biking
- Tel: 01929 459 083
Henley Hillbillies offer quad biking along with mini mavriks, hovercraft and archery and crossbows and clay shooting.
- Henley Hillbillies
- Tel: 07860 759 996
High Ropes - Go Ape:
Described as 3 hrs of adrenalin fuelled fun, laughter and adventure, it is a high wire forest adventure course of ropes, bridges, swings and zip slides. Hugely popular. Based at Moors Valley Country Park where anyone not taking part will be easily amused for the duration. Min age 10 (10-18yr old must be accompanied). This must be booked in advance.
- Go Ape
- Tel: 0870 458 9063
Sail Laser based at National Sailing Academy at Portland, where the Olympic sailing events will take place. Sail Laser run a variety of courses on a selection of boats, you can make up your own group and book an instructor or join in on their sessions. Not between October half-term and Easter.
- Sail Laser
- Tel: 08453 373 214
Deep Sea Fishing:
The Tourist Office can give you the names of recommended people from Weymouth, Lyme Regis or West Bay should you wish to arrange a trip.
- Dorchester Tourist Information Centre
- Tel: 01305 267 992
Pound Cottage: Amy at Pound Cottage has a selection of horses and ponies for all standards of rider. She has an indoor and outdoor school for giving lessons whatever the weather and also offers hacks in the surrounding area. Ring her to discuss your needs.
- Pound Cottage
- Tel: 01258 880 057
Studland Stables: situated a little further away in the beautiful Isle of Purbeck offer gentle family hacking (no under fives) or for the more experienced rider wonderful beach rides, coastal, heath and forest rides and pub rides! Covering a really fabulous area, with little or no road work. Please talk to the owner to discuss individual needs and abilities.
- Studland Stables
- Tel: 01929 450 273
There are many cycle paths in Dorset and you can connect to one from Dove House without going on the roads. If you do not bring your own bikes they can be hired from Tilleys Cycles in Weymouth.
- Tilleys Cycles
- Tel: 01305 785 672
If you are after specific activities for certain ages then please feel free to ask, we will be happy to help as there are too many to list here!