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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


7103
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Price From: £150.00
  • Ref: 7103

Caravan in Oakdene Forest Park

This dog friendly holiday home is set in a peaceful cul de sac, the modern caravan is fitted with double glazing and central heating on Oakdene Forest.


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.


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.


8480
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Price From: £200.00
  • Ref: 8480

Caravan in Littlesea Holiday Park

Welcome to our beautiful and spacious, 12x35 Prestige Willerby Chambery caravan to let on Littlesea Holiday Park, located on the exclusive ‘Lagoon Close’.


6763
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Price From: £360.00
  • Ref: 6763

Caravan in Freshwater Beach Holiday Park

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


7484
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Price From: £400.00
  • Ref: 7484

Caravan in Rockley Park

This six berth Swift Bordeaux is in Sunset View, a private cul-de-sac, has central heating double glazing and a decking area on Rockley Park.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


7028
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Price From: £250.00
  • Ref: 7028

Caravan in Littlesea Holiday Park

Well presented, pet friendly Richmond caravan that has three bedrooms, comfortably sleeping 8 people located on Haven's Littlesea Holiday Park.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


4283b
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Price From: £200.00
  • Ref: 4283b

Caravan in Oakdene Forest Park

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


7593
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 2
  • Price From: £250.00
  • Ref: 7593

Caravan in Sandhills Holiday Park

Beach Dreams is our pet friendly caravan in a quiet, sunny spot with gas central heating and in the perfect beachside location on Sandhills.


7707b
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Price From: £140.00
  • Ref: 7707b

Caravan in Weymouth Bay Holiday Park

This is our double glazed and central heated Swift Bordeaux that is just a 10 minute walk from the beach at Weymouth Bay Holiday Park 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

Caravan in Oakdene Forest Park

This is our pet friendly, 2017, fully double glazed and central heated caravan complete with free Wi-Fi on a very sunny pitch at Oakdene Forest Park.


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.


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.


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