Are you looking for a break for you and your four-legged friend? Silverlake, Dorset is paw-fectly located for you and your pup to enjoy some great days out together. From an array of attractions, cafes and restaurants that can’t wait to welcome your pooch, the Jurassic coastline of Dorset has some of the most spectacular shores for you to explore.
To help you and your furry companion make the most of the stunning Dorset coastline, here's our list of the top 10 beaches you can visit all year round with your four-legged friend:
Chesil Beach, Weymouth
Just 30 minutes away, this gently sloping shingle beach offers spectacular views over to Weymouth and Portland. Stretching across 18 miles of pebbly shoreline, you and your dog can enjoy an abundance of space to enjoy endless games of fetch while roaming freely together.
Durdle Door West and East Beach, Wareham
Less than 20 minutes away is the iconic geological wonder, Durdle Door. Enjoy walking along the sand and pebble beach and the adjacent Man ‘O’ War beach. Access to Durdle Door is limited, so brace yourself to go steady down the steep pathway or opt for the scenic route over the rolling hills from nearby Lulworth.
Bowleaze Cove, Weymouth
Less than 20 minutes away and just 2 minutes off the South West Coastal Path is Bowleaze Cove. Stunning moody blue cliffs provide a scenic backdrop to this beautiful beach. While you’re there, head up to explore the Roman temple ruins on Jordan Hill and enjoy the panoramic views of this picturesque spot.
Studland Bay, Studland
Just over 30 minutes away is the stunning coastline of Studland Bay. With endless opportunities for adventure, you and your pooch can enjoy walking miles of sandy beaches, dunes and heathlands. Take a gentle walk up to the stacks of Old Harry to enjoy the views as the sun set across the sea.
Ringstead Bay, Ringstead
Less than 10 miles away is the shingle stretch of Ringstead Bay. Perfect for digging holes and doggy paddling, you can enjoy the sandy expanse of the Jurassic coastline as the tide rolls out. Is there any sand there? I would check with Fran
Eypemouth Beach, Bridport
Just over an hour away is the pretty village of Eype. Follow the steep and winding roads to the beach and you’ll be greeted with a gorgeous view across the sea, a paw-fect location for endless games of fetch with your pup.
Mudeford Sandbank, Christchurch
Just over an hour away, situated at the mouth of Christchurch harbour, is Mudeford spit. Its colourful beach huts and the sandy beach offer glorious views over the Solent towards the Isle of Wight and the Needles, giving you and your furry friend a coastal walk with a view.
Steamer Point Beach, Christchurch
Just over an hour away and part of a 24-acre nature reserve, the beach can only be reached via Highcliffe Castle or the mile-long path leading from nearby Friar's Cliff Beach. An impressive walk with astonishing coastal views, it’s a paw-fect chance for your four-legged friend to explore the surrounding woodland and ponds. Keep walking to the end and visit Highcliffe Castle, where well-behaved dogs are welcome to explore the grounds and heritage centre.
Church Ope Cove, Isle of Portland
Just 45 minutes away and a haven for bird watchers (and pups), you can enjoy the secluded peace of this pretty little cove while walking your dog along the pebbly shores. The currents here can be a little strong, so be careful if your dog fancies a little paddle.
Kimmeridge Bay, Kimmeridge
Less than 40 minutes away are the shimmering waters of Kimmeridge Bay. Popular with divers, snorkellers and dogs alike, your pup can enjoy having a nosy around the rock pools, searching for crabs, anemones and small fish. Make your way along the limestone ledges to look directly down into the water and see what wonders you can spot together! Famous for being a haven for fossil hunters, you can spot them easily in the rocks along the way. But do check the tides as you will want to make the most of your time there.
With so much to explore, book your dog-friendly escape now!