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5 Fantastic Dog Friendly Beaches in Dorset

5 Fantastic Dog Friendly Beaches in Dorset

With so many great walks within its stunning scenery, Dorset has been a favourite among dogs and their humans for a long time.

But what if you or your furry friend fancy a run on the beach or a dig in the sand? We’ve put together a list of 5 fantastic dog-friendly beaches in Dorset.

We have also put together a short guide for Dog Friendly Restaurants in Dorset that may interest you and if you fancy a last minute break you should check out the dog friendly late deals page.

Please remember, when organising a visit to any beach it’s always a good idea to check the tides first, especially if you plan on fossil hunting or rock-pooling!

Walking dog on beach in morning
 

Before reading through the list, it might be helpful to know about the different kinds of restrictions for dog owners when visiting beaches; there are four main types of restriction for you to bear in mind:

  • Beaches where dog walking is allowed all year round
  • Beaches where dog walking is allowed during autumn and winter but has restrictions during the peak holiday season (these restrictions are often as simple as ensuring your dogs is kept on a lead or dog-walking being limited to a certain part of the beach)
  • Beaches where dog walking is allowed with restrictions all year round (see above)
  • Beaches where dog walking is banned year round (please note, Guide dogs for the blind are exempt
Wet dog on Dorset beach

We hope you find this list useful, but if you’re still unsure of where you’d like to visit, a more comprehensive list can be found with the beach guide

With that said, here’s our top 5 dog-friendly beaches in Dorset!

1. Durdle Door West Beach (BH20 5PU) One of the most famous sights on the Dorset coastline, this beach is famous for its impressive limestone arch which separates it from neighbouring Man’o’War Bay. A favourite with fossil hunters as well as snorkelers and swimmers, Durdle Door is popular during the warmer months and is an unrestricted, dog-friendly beach all year round. A pay and display car park can be found at the top of the cliff, but be sure to wear sturdy footwear as access is limited on the walk down to the beach (as always, please be extra careful when walking in very hilly areas with your dog).

2. Monmouth Beach - Lyme Regis (DT7 3LE) A very popular beach with fossil hunters, you’re sure to find yourself an ammonite or two if you keep your eyes peeled (great if you need to walk children and dogs!). A good mixture of sand and rocks makes it a good location for rock-pooling too. This excellent beach is unrestricted for dog walking all year round.

3. Bowleaze Cove (DT3 6PR) Whether you want to walk the dog or have a swim, Bowleaze Cove is a great sand and pebble beach to visit. There’s a café and a pub nearby, along with a local shop. This picturesque beach is dog friendly all year round with no restrictions.

4. Chesil Beach (to the south-west of Dorchester) Chesil beach is a pebble beach of unusual straightness and uniformity of shape, stretching for a total of nearly 17miles! The beach is dog friendly all year round and there is a café/restaurant close by as well as a picnic area.

5. Highcliffe Castle Beach (BH23 4AU) Situated next to a nature reserve, Highcliffe Castle beach is dog-friendly and unrestricted all year round. With disabled facilities, a nearby cafe and an abundance of activities from jet-skiing to canoeing, this sand and shingle beach is the perfect day out for all the family. Parking is at the Castle.

Selection of caravans that allow dogs in Dorset


8249
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Price From: £300.00
  • Ref: 8249

Caravan in Gorselands Caravan Park

Nestled on the Jurassic Coast with stunning views across Chesil Beach and Lyme Bay, our caravan to let on Gorselands Caravan Park is comfortable and well equipped.


7939
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Price From: £300.00
  • Ref: 7939

Caravan in Oakdene Forest Park

For hire on Oakdene Forest Park in Dorset is our 3 bedroom Lymington holiday home with large decking area, Smart TV and Wi-Fi, plus everything you need for a great holiday.


7820
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Price From: £125.00
  • Ref: 7820

Caravan in Rockley Park

My two caravans are close together so perfect for families or a group of friends. They are for hire at Rockley Park at Poole in Dorset.


6928
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Price From: £200.00
  • Ref: 6928

Caravan in Littlesea Holiday Park

ABI Appleby caravan with central heating and double glazing situated on Pitch Meadow at Haven's Littlesea Holiday Park, with parking alongside.


8272
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Price From: £175.00
  • Ref: 8272

Caravan in Weymouth Bay Holiday Park

Our caravan is a 36x12, double glazed & central heated Swift Loire Deluxe, conveniently positioned between Weymouth Bay and Seaview holiday parks, so 2 parks for the price of 1.


7446
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Price From: £200.00
  • Ref: 7446

Caravan in Rockley Park

Our three bedroom caravan, can sleep up to eight people, with double glazing and central heating located on Rockley Park with a beautiful decking area.


4115
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Price From: £185.00
  • Ref: 4115

Caravan in Seadown Holiday Park

Our caravan is set in a quiet corner of a small, family run holiday park with direct access to Charmouth beach, part of the Jurassic coastline.


8204
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Price From: £150.00
  • Ref: 8204

Caravan in Oakdene Forest Park

Family owned, 2017 Regal Kensington holiday caravan for hire on Oakdene Forest Park on the Hampshire/Dorset border, benefitting from full double glazing and central heating.


6412
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Price From: £200.00
  • Ref: 6412

Caravan in Freshwater Beach Holiday Park

Static caravan for hire, on Freshwater Beach Holiday Park on the Jurassic coast, with all the home comforts you need for your self-catering holiday.


1245b
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Price From: £180.00
  • Ref: 1245b

Caravan in Freshwater Beach Holiday Park

The caravan has a fenced in gated garden area with balcony over looking and has parking available alongside


7057
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Price From: £400.00
  • Ref: 7057

Caravan in Freshwater Beach Holiday Park

Six berth, double glazed and central heated Willerby Sierra caravan situated in an ideal base just 30 seconds from the beach on Freshwater Beach Holiday Park.


217
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Price From: £220.00
  • Ref: 217

Caravan in Private Land

Our caravan is on a secluded beef and sheep farm in the beautiful West Dorset countryside. It is ideal for walkers, mountain bikers and wildlife enthusiasts.


7292
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Price From: £160.00
  • Ref: 7292

Caravan in Weymouth Bay Holiday Park

This is our two bedroom Swift Moselle located in The Glades area, which is close to the beach footpath on Haven's Weymouth Bay.


2950
  • Sleeps: 7
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Price From: £150.00
  • Ref: 2950

Caravan in West Bay Holiday Park

A superb spacious 3 bedroomed caravan, 1 double room 2 twin rooms plus double pull out in lounge. Full central Heating & double glazing.


7866
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Price From: £100.00
  • Ref: 7866

Caravan in Littlesea Holiday Park

This is a privately owned, 2017 Willerby Avonmore with a side decking and a lockable gate for hire at Littlesea Holiday Park in Weymouth.


7344
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Price From: £250.00
  • Ref: 7344

Caravan in Oakdene Forest Park

Situated in a forest location is our central heated, double glazed and dog friendly caravan. It is on Oakdene Forest Park in Hampshire.


8079
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Price From: £250.00
  • Ref: 8079

Caravan in Rockley Park

Our lovely holiday home to let on Rockley Park in Dorset, sleeps 6 people and is just a 2 minute walk from the main entertainment area.


7327
  • Sleeps: 7
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Price From: £325.00
  • Ref: 7327

Caravan in Waterside Holiday Park

Our caravan has two bedrooms and a fab deking area that gives sea views and very clear views of the Weymouth laser on Waterside Holiday Park & Spa.


2639
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Price From: £240.00
  • Ref: 2639

Caravan in Rockley Park

The caravan is situated on Rockley Park, a 5 Star holiday venue with loads of fun and amenities for children and adults alike.


4394
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Price From: £410.00
  • Ref: 4394

Caravan in Freshwater Beach Holiday Park

Our very nice private caravan is located just 50 meters from Freshwater's exclusive private beach. Has an enclosed garden with gate


7815
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Price From: £250.00
  • Ref: 7815

Caravan in Weymouth Bay Holiday Park

Private hire 2017 ABI Horizon caravan situated on Haven's popular Weymouth Bay Holiday Park, offering home from home holiday accommodation for up to 8 guests.


4797
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Price From: £240.00
  • Ref: 4797

Caravan in Rockley Park

We have a stunning, spacious and modern 2 bedroom holiday home with terrace, situated on a wide, sunny plot on Rockley Park in Dorset.


3297
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Price From: £215.00
  • Ref: 3297

Caravan in Rockley Park

Our 2 bedroom, 32 x 12 caravan is privately owned. Outside there is a car parking space and patio area with pub-style bench and parasol.


7545b
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Price From: £295.00
  • Ref: 7545b

Caravan in Rockley Park

Arne View is a double glazed, central heated, pet friendly static caravan for hire with sea view and balcony/sun deck area, sited in a premier location.


8435
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Price From: £250.00
  • Ref: 8435

Caravan in Oakdene Forest Park

38' x 12' Atlas Heritage holiday home for rent on Oakdene Forest Park, excellently designed for a home from home feel with everything you need to make your stay comfortable and relaxing.


4592
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Price From: £150.00
  • Ref: 4592

Caravan in Weymouth Bay Holiday Park

The caravan is situated on the Hillview area of the park with 2 toilets, 2 showers (one en-suite), full central heating and double glazing.


7118
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Price From: £280.00
  • Ref: 7118

Caravan in Swanage Bay View Holiday Park

This is our Willerby Coastal holiday home that has two bedrooms and is pet friendly, it has sea views and is located on Swanage Bay View Park.


8419
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Price From: £300.00
  • Ref: 8419

Caravan in Rockley Park

Beautiful Rockley Park holiday home with sea views, nestled within ‘Harbour View’; the most prestigious part of Haven's 5* Rockley Park in Poole, Dorset.


4012
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Price From: £235.00
  • Ref: 4012

Caravan in Castle Cove Caravan Park

Two Castle Cove is a holiday caravan on a unique, small private park on the Jurassic Coast between Weymouth & the Isle of Portland.


6224
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Price From: £190.00
  • Ref: 6224

Caravan in Waterside Holiday Park

Our holiday home is situated in an elevated position with beautiful views over the site and countryside. It also has a large balcony.


7105
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Price From: £250.00
  • Ref: 7105

Caravan in Oakdene Forest Park

This pet friendly holiday home is our Swift Bordeaux with heating and double glazing on Oakdene Forest Park in Hampshire.


7545c
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Price From: £322.00
  • Ref: 7545c

Caravan in Rockley Park

‘Island View’ at 12a Bay Hollow, a premier location with sea view on Rockley Park, is a pet friendly, 2 bedroom, 6 berth static caravan with double glazing and central heating.


1102
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Price From: £210.00
  • Ref: 1102

Caravan in Weymouth Bay Holiday Park

Our caravan is situated in the bottom left hand corner of The Glades. It is surrounded on two sides by hedgerows and has a patio.


4191
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Price From: £560.00
  • Ref: 4191

Caravan in Sandhills Holiday Park

Come to visit my Willerby New Hampshire Lodge, overlooking Christchurch harbour, on the small, peaceful Sandhills Holiday Park at Avon Beach.


7226
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Price From: £250.00
  • Ref: 7226

Caravan in Oakdene Forest Park

This is our three bedroom caravan for hire it has a veranda that is a real sun trap located on the relaxing Oakdene Forest.


8063
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Price From: £180.00
  • Ref: 8063

Caravan in Pebble Bank Caravan Park

Welcome to our tranquil holiday home “Beatrice Rose” on Pebble Bank Holiday Park, overlooking the Fleet Lagoon, Chesil Beach & The Isle of Portland.


3861
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Price From: £250.00
  • Ref: 3861

Caravan in Castle Cove Caravan Park

Five Castle Cove is a beautiful holiday caravan located in Castle Cove, Weymouth; a small, intimate caravan park set in an attractive setting.


7794c
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Price From: £150.00
  • Ref: 7794c

Caravan in Oakdene Forest Park

We have a pet friendly, double glazed and central heated caravan with everything you need to make your stay comfortable and relaxing at Oakdene Forest.


7545
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Price From: £295.00
  • Ref: 7545

Caravan in Rockley Park

Bay View is in a premier location. It is a double glazed, central heated, pet friendly static caravan for hire with sea view and balcony/sun deck area.


6056b
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Price From: £175.00
  • Ref: 6056b

Caravan in Waterside Holiday Park

Lovely three bedroom Willerby Salisbury with double glazing and central heating located on a unique plot of the White section at Waterside.


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