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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


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.


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.


8249
  • Sleeps: 5
  • 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.


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.


8748
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Price From: £350.00
  • Ref: 8748

Caravan in Weymouth Bay Holiday Park

Dog friendly, 2018 model holiday caravan for hire on Haven’s Weymouth Bay Holiday Park, set in a nice quiet area right next to the path to the beach, which is a 5 minute walk (Bowleaze Cove).


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.


6763
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Price From: £500.00
  • Ref: 6763

Caravan in Freshwater Beach Holiday Park

Our 2015, tastefully decorated and fully equipped caravan is now available and a stone's throw from Freshwater's private beach.


6928
  • Sleeps: 8
  • 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.


4797b
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Price From: £250.00
  • Ref: 4797b

Caravan in Rockley Park

Our lovely dog friendly, 3 bedroom, 2 shower room holiday home offers an unusual design with a central kitchen and lounge/diner.


8204
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Price From: £200.00
  • 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.


2553
  • Sleeps: 7
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Price From: £200.00
  • Ref: 2553

Caravan in Swanage Bay View Holiday Park

3 bedroom static caravan on Swanage Bay View Holiday Park. Swanage is ideal for walkers.


6159
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Price From: £250.00
  • Ref: 6159

Caravan in Oakdene Forest Park

For Hire - Willerby Cameo with 3 bedrooms and a good sized wrap-around decking situated in a quiet cul-de-sac on Oakdene Forest Park.


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.


1245b
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Price From: £250.00
  • Ref: 1245b

Caravan in Freshwater Beach Holiday Park

Modern luxury, pet friendly holiday home for hire on the popular Freshwater Holiday Park, offering an enclosed, double gated garden and parking for 2.


7435
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Price From: £250.00
  • Ref: 7435

Caravan in Weymouth Bay Holiday Park

Our privately owned, three bedroom caravan with two bathrooms is situated on West Lawn of Haven's Weymouth Bay Holiday Park in Dorset.


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.


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


8791
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Price From: £200.00
  • Ref: 8791

Caravan in Oakdene Forest Park

Our Sunscape holiday caravan on Oakdene Forest Park, is fully equipped and offers all you could need for a comfortable holiday – including free Wi-Fi.


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.


7189
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Price From: £275.00
  • Ref: 7189

Caravan in Waterside Holiday Park

We have a west facing BK Seville that is light and spacious with great views from the gated decking located on the Red Section of Waterside.


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.


8755
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Price From: £350.00
  • Ref: 8755

Caravan in Oakdene Forest Park

Your next holiday ‘HOME FROM HOME’ could be our Regal Regency, 37x12, 3 bedroom caravan situated on a quiet pitch on the very popular, family & dog friendly Oakdene Forest Park in St.Leonards, Dorset.


4283b
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Price From: £200.00
  • Ref: 4283b

Caravan in Oakdene Forest Park

The caravan is located very close to the clubhouse on Oakdene Forest Park, so not far to go for a swim or the evening entertainment.


7539b
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Price From: £150.00
  • Ref: 7539b

Caravan in Hoburne Park

Large, spacious, central heated and double glazed 2 bedroom caravan for hire on the 5* Hoburne Park in beautiful Christchurch near the New Forest.


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.


8498
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Price From: £350.00
  • Ref: 8498

Caravan in Pebble Bank Caravan Park

Pebble Bank Caravan Park in Weymouth, is home to our lovely pet friendly static caravan, which is a well-maintained, 2015 Willerby Rio Premier.


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.


7625b
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Price From: £150.00
  • Ref: 7625b

Caravan in Oakdene Forest Park

Welcome to our privately owned, 40’ X 15’ single lodge-style caravan for hire on Oakdene Forest Park in Ringwood.


1034
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Price From: £141.00
  • Ref: 1034

Caravan in West Bay Holiday Park

Our caravan is sited on West Bay Caravan Park, and is situated alongside the beautiful West Bay Harbour in Dorset.


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.


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.


2270
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Price From: £130.00
  • Ref: 2270

Caravan in Weymouth Bay Holiday Park

This luxury 2007 model, 3 bedroom, 8 berth Willerby Richmond caravan is situated near the entertainment complex and swimming pools.


7441
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Price From: £300.00
  • Ref: 7441

Caravan in Waterside Holiday Park

Our Willerby Meridian holiday caravan is situated in an elevated position on the Red Section, it has a wraparound decking giving fantastic views.


8343
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Price From: £225.00
  • Ref: 8343

Caravan in Weymouth Bay Holiday Park

Beautiful 2019, 40’ x 14’ Willerby Waverley caravan for let on Haven’s Weymouth Bay Holiday Park, offering double glazing, central heating & large wraparound decking to enjoy views of the meadows.


7820
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Price From: £164.00
  • Ref: 7820

Caravan in Rockley Park

My pet friendly holiday caravan (Shirley Valentine) on Rockley Park is perfect for your next family holiday in Poole, Dorset.


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

Caravan in Pebble Bank Caravan Park

Well equipped, 2 bedroom, pet friendly caravan for hire on Pebble Bank Caravan Park, offering sea views & overlooking The Fleet Lagoon, Chesil Beach and the isle of Portland on the Jurassic Coastline.


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.


7997
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Price From: £300.00
  • Ref: 7997

Lodge in Oakdene Forest Park

Kingfisher Lodge available to rent on Oakdene Forest Park on the Hampshire/Dorset border. The lodge offers quality, central heated accommodation & available to rent from February through to December.


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.


1245
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Price From: £250.00
  • Ref: 1245

Caravan in Freshwater Beach Holiday Park

This is our, extra long, three bedroom holiday home with a side decking and gated garden area, it is in a good position on Freshwater Beach Holiday Park.


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