Things To Do

Go walking

The glorious countryside of the Cerne Valley attracts visitors because of its varied and fascinating history and scenic beauty.The well known and picturesque Wessex Ridgway lies to the north of Cerne Abbas.

Cerne Abbas is an excellent centre for walking attracting many visitors every year.

A book of local walks has been produced. It offers short strolls to longer walks for the more adventurous. Try this sample from the book featuring our local landmark "Around the Giant". If you enjoy this walk, please go to our Cerne Abbas Village Stores to buy the book "Walks Around Cerne Abbas".

Please remember that the Valley is a working agricultural area and there are shoots at certain times of the year. The Countryside Code  must be observed.

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Go cycling

There many opportunities for cycling. Although some of the major roads may have occasional heavy traffic, many side roads are relatively quiet on which to enjoy a day out. However, be ready for some steep climbs as well!

Sustrans Dorset  is a useful guide to established cycle routes.

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Local markets

Grab a bargain at one of our many local markets.  You can find a wonderful selection of foods from our farmers markets, as well as a range of gifts, clothes, toys, fabrics, memorabilia and much more.  The Dorchester market is so famous, people come in coach loads from miles around.

Farmers' Markets

Street Market Days

Dorchester Farmers Market

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Countryside Sports


The Dorset coast is never more than an easy drive away. A good start to find out about sea fishing is at Dorset For You. This website also provides useful information on any necessary licences and other matters.


Dorset has many golf facilities in fantastic locations for all levels of ability.

Charminster, along the A352 has its own golf course.  A round up of other Dorset golf courses is found here.

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Sports Centres

There are two Sports Centres in easy reach of the Valley.  The 1610 Centre at Dorchester provides a complete fitness and swimming facility.

The Sport Centre in Sherborne  has a heated indoor 25 metre swimming pool which provides a variety of swimming sessions.

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Kids’ Zone

Whatever their age, there are many things to do and places to visit with children nearby.  Here's our round up of websites below and don't forget to look in our directory for other options.


Days Out near Dorchester

Dorset Days Out

Dorset Attractions

Kids Days Out

Netmums Places to go with Kids

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