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Mapperton Walks and Self-Guided Wildlands Safari

Mapperton Walks map

Welcome to Mapperton Walks – a new way for you to explore the countryside around Mapperton.

Mapperton Estate is home to some of Dorset’s finest country walks – full of spectacular views, endowed with history and teeming with wildlife.  We have three walking trails of different lengths to choose from, from 1.5 to 2.5 hours long (Yellow 3 miles, Red 4 miles and Blue 5.5 miles).

Mapperton Walks Signposts

On your walk you will pass the lost village of Mythe, meander along an ancient valley and past an Iron Age hillfort.  On the Blue walk you will reach the hidden village of North Poorton.  You may also see our White Park cattle and wild Exmoor ponies on Mapperton Wildlands.

Please park at the main car park at Mapperton, enjoy a coffee or meal in the Coach House café and pick up a free Mapperton Walks map before starting your adventure.

Please stick to the paths and keep dogs on a lead as there are lots of young animals.  Thank you!


New for 2024!

Please follow the Countryside Code:

  • Keep dogs on leads around livestock
  • Keep to paths
  • Make sure gates are closed
  • Take your litter home
Download Mapperton Walks PDF

Mapperton’s Self-Guided Wildlands Safaris – an opportunity to explore our Wildlands area at your own pace and at a time that suits you.

Tickets can be purchased online or in the Coach House café and include a Safari Trail Guide plus a children’s discovery trail for younger members of your trekking team.

Please note NO dogs are allowed on the Safari Trail due to free-roaming livestock.

Mapperton's white park cattle

The Self-Guided Wildlands Safari, starting at the Coach House café, is approximately 4 miles and will take around 3 hours to walk. It is classed as moderately difficult with steep inclines, boggy areas and uneven ground, so suitable footwear is essential.

The Safari trail is marked with arrow direction signs and number markers that correspond to the numbered sections in the Safari Guide. Please keep to mown tracks and pathways as indicated. We hope you enjoy your visit!

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