It is fair to say we love exploring the great outdoors. We are very lucky that all around us across Dorset and the Jurassic Coast there are plenty of active outdoor sports and pursuits to take part in, some of which you can find in our list of favourites below.
With a campervan you can easily access all the places across Dorset (or beyond) that offer these awesome activities. And across our list below, there’s something for every weather! The campervan is the perfect base for an adventure mini-break – head off to do your activity then back to the van for a brew and a de-brief! Here’s just a taster, some examples, of what is nearby to whet your appetite:
- Climbing in Purbeck or on Portland – for epic sport climbing visit Swanage, from Durlston to St Aldhelm’s Head, or all around the Isle of Portland. Spectacular steep cliffs and crashing waves, there are climbing options for every age and ability.
- Coasteering at Lulworth – coasteering means moving around fairly inaccessible areas of coast by swimming, climbing, traversing and jumping. A thrilling way to explore the coast, caves and stacks, flora and fauna.
- Kayaking around Old Harry Rocks – get up close to these iconic chalk formations with guided kayak trips from Studland around the cliffs to explore stacks, arches and nearby sea caves, maybe spot a seal and check out the other wildlife.
- Stand up paddleboarding – depending on the tides and wind direction we have lots of nearby spots to take a board out on the sea or on the river. You can even add a paddleboard to your Shore Campers campervan hire to take with you on your roadtrip adventure!
- Sea swimming – in Bournemouth alone there are several friendly sea swimming groups that meet regularly and welcome new faces such as Just Swim, Beyond the Blue, and East Dorset Open Water Swimming Club (not all are all year round).
- Fishing – Dorset has excellent fishing locations, including Chesil Beach and around Poole Harbour (the world’s second largest natural harbour), and plenty of other beaches, lakes, rivers and estuaries. Or head offshore on a deep sea charter accessing reefs and wrecks in the Channel.
- Pony trekking – ride out over open forest and across moorland pony trekking in the New Forest National Park, or if you prefer you could canter through the waves and ride along Studland beach on horseback.
- Surfing – head to Boscombe or, for more experienced surfers, Bournemouth Pier or Kimmeridge to catch some waves. There are surf schools in Boscombe to help you find your feet!
- Kite surfing in Poole Harbour/Sandbanks Beach – something for all abilities and wind directions, with the harbour offering an awesome expanse of waist deep water for beginners or improvers, and nearby beaches and open ocean for more experienced riders.
- Sailing from Portland – if it’s good enough for the Olympics in 2012, it’s good enough for us! The perfect place to get on the water whether sailing, powerboating, foiling, windsurfing, in Olympic waters.
- Scuba diving – there are plenty of great diving spots in Dorset, such as Portland, Lyme Bay, Swanage, or even Durdle Door/Lulworth, providing the opportunity to explore reefs and shipwrecks alongside plenty of marine flora and fauna, sharks, seals, fish, crustaceans…
- Cycling – lots of cycle routes across the New Forest or across the Dorset countryside on tracks and trails taking in villages, forest and coastline to suit all ages and levels. You could even hire an electric bike for an easier jaunt through along the scenic trails!
The list could go on: snorkelling at Kimmeridge, waterskiing/wakeboarding at Ellingham Lake, trail running at Lulworth, a jetski tour from Weymouth, a high speed RIB charter from Poole, Nordic walking at Studland, fossil hunting in Charmouth…
We love the freedom that campervanning provides – put these stops on your list for your next campervan escapade. If you’d like help planning your trip get in touch and we can help you create your next adventure.