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Set amongst the woodland of Dorset lays 65 acres of sanctuary for over 150 primates. Monkey World was set up in 1987 by Jim and Alison Cronin to provide abused Spanish beach chimps with a permanent, stable home. Today Monkey World works in conjunction with foreign governments from all over the world to stop the illegal smuggling of apes out of Africa and Asia. At the park visitors can see more than 150 primates of 15 different species.


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Tourist Information: Walks

Dorset has many 'Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty' and 'Sites of Special Scientific Interest' and is criss crossed by many enjoyable walks. Dorset is also famous for its picturesque coastline, with many walks along its Jurassic Coast. 


West Dorset is a walker's treasure trove with over 300 well posted routes to choose from. Sea views and coastal scenery or unspoilt views across the west county's beautiful countryside.  There are also numerous pub walks and a good opportunity to sample some of our area's delicious local produce.

We have several books and free print outs of walks in Dorset; long, short and pub walks, just ask and you can borrow them.

There are many good websites for walking in Dorset some examples being: -

John Harris' Walking in Dorset  www. walkingindorset

Dorset Walking       www.dorsetwalking.co.uk

Best Walks              www.bestwalks.com - The price comparison site for all books and maps on walking in Dorset and throughout Britain.

Walking for softies walks4softies.co.uk

Other useful information : -

Guided Walking Tour of Sherborne
(01935) 815341 TIC
1st May - 29th September
Please check with the Tourist Information Centre in Sherborne for times. Blue Badge Guides.

Thorncombe Woods
Tel: 01305 250793
Open daily from 8am until 4pm.
Higher Bockhampton near Dorchester A mixed woodland with circular walks close to Hardy's Cottage. Great for dog walking.

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