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11 unrestricted dog friendly Dorset beaches

Let's have none of this restricted stuff - where can you take your dog whenever you like

Here's a list of the dog-friendly beaches in Dorset that let you take your four-legged friend with you whatever time of year you choose to book your holiday cottage. There's shingly, sandy, small and steep. But all of them let your pet splash in the waves and cool down after a long walk. Just don't forget the poo bags!

And so, these are the 11 beaches in Dorset that allow dogs all year round. 

 

1) Bowleaze Cove

Type of beach: Sand and pebble

Dogs allowed all year: Yes

Facilities: Cafe and gift shop nearby

Parking: Three car parks along the beach

With a name like that it has to!

This beach will have everything you need for the whole family. It is part of the amazing South West Coast Path, so walkies are definitely on the things to do list, and the cafe has the all important loo. There is an amusement arcade and a pub as well, just in case the weather turns, or it happens to be pint o'clock.

2) Church Ope

Church Ope, DorsertType of beach: Pebble

Dogs allowed all year: Yes

Facilities: Cafe and toilets nearby

Parking: Car park along Pennsylvania Road

There aren’t many options in Portland but this cliff-sided beauty is a south-facing sun trap, with Rufus Castle on the top of the cliff if you're after a spot of cultural heritage. The beach is great for snorkelling, swimming and diving, but be very aware of the strong current outside the direct cove area. It is a pebble beach meaning a sandy boot won't be an issue on the way home!

3) Cogden

Type of beach: Sand and shingle

Dogs allowed all year: Yes

Facilities: None

Parking: 10 minute walk away

If you're after a bit of quiet time then this is the beach to go to. It is part of a National Nature Reserve owned by the National Trust. The beach is shingle and easily accessible. The best bit though is that the dog/s can run freeeeee!

4) Durdle Door and Man O’War

Durdle Dor, DorsetType of beach: Sand and shingle

Dogs allowed all year: Yes - there are no dog bins

Facilities: Cafe and toilets

Parking: On cliff top

With a little hick down to get to the beaches, these are perfect for everyone. The dog can run free, there is lovely snorkelling and swimming (keep an eye on children though as there are sand shelves in the water), and beautiful views out to sea from the beach. They are shingle beaches, but that is a bonus when it comes to keeping the car sand free. The South West Coast Path is also close by for a W.

5) Eype

Type of beach: Shingle

Dogs allowed all year: Yes

Facilities: Pub and shops nearby

Parking: Above the beach

Very popular with dog walkers, as there are multiple walks that you can go on from this beach. It is a perfect pit stop for a quick cool down, though the shingle is steep when going into the water, so only recommended for stronger swimmers.

6) Highcliffe Castle

Highcliffe Castle, DorsetType of beach: Sand

Dogs allowed all year: Yes

Facilities: Cafe and toilets at the castle

Parking: At the castle

Not only dog-friendly, this one has wheelchair access and safe swimming with views to the Isle of Wight. It is a sand beach with a cafe and restaurant in the grounds of Highcliffe Castle.

7) Kimmeridge Bay

Type of beach: Rocky

Dogs allowed all year: Yes

Facilities: Toilets

Parking: Just off the beach

 A very dog-friendly beach all year around, and it’s the best beach for rock pooling and safe snorkelling in the county. There are toilets and disabled facilities, shower facilities and a car park at the end of a toll road. Even better though, the beach is part of the South West Coast Path. Is it walkies time yet?

8) Mudeford Sandbank

Type of beach: Sandy

Dogs allowed all year: Yes

Facilities: Cafe and toilets

Parking: 15 minute walk away

With all the facilities you'd want, and no cars close by, this beach is perfect for letting the dogs run free. Did we mention there are more lots more walkies opportunities here?

9) Lulworth Cove

Type of beach: Sand and shingle

Dogs allowed all year: Yes - keep to the left side of the beach

Facilities: Cafe and toilets

Parking: Just off the beach

Needs no introduction, but you can get year-round picture-postcard photographs of your four-legged friend come rain or shine. Perfect for the whole family and the dog, there is also the Heritage Centre there to help you figure out the best walkies. There are toilets at the Heritage Centre and a variety of places to eat.

10) Ringstead

Type of beach: Shingle

Dogs allowed all year: Yes

Facilities: Pub nearby

Parking: 10 minute walk away

An ideal beach for a swim and picnic, with the dog running free. There is a beach-side refreshment kiosk and toilets close by to the beach, along with a lovely walk to get down to the beach (so don't forget the sun cream!)

11) Hive Beach

Type of beach: Sand and shingle

Dogs allowed all year: No - allowed on the beach November to May

Facilities: Cafe and toilets

Parking: Just off the beach

A beautiful sand beach, surrounded by farmland, cliffs and the sea. Being part of the Jurassic coastline, you can see fossils in the boulders and rocks around the beach, along with WWII pill boxes.

 

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