• Jo Bee

Best Beaches in Dorset

With Dorset being one of Britain's most visited summer destinations, I thought I'd share my local knowledge and give you a run down on the top beaches the county has to offer and ones which are pretty easy to find. I know people are looking for different things when they go to the beach so I've chosen to set this post out in terms of the best beach for (insert category).


Okay so kicking it off we have Bournemouth beach. Within walking distance from the town centre and gardens Bournemouth beach will always be a winner. In the summer months it features a big wheel on the promenade and a zip line from the pier over the sea. There are several arcades and an aquarium all beach side, leaving plenty of activities to keep you entertained throughout the day. Along the beachfront there are several kiosks and eateries, great for when you begin to feel a bit hungry. The airshow is a big attraction in the summer which brings with it a fairground, stalls and fireworks.


I know its a harbour and not a beach but due to the shallowness and how sheltered it is, Poole harbour is the perfect place to have a go at paddle boarding, windsurfing or kite surfing. With lovely views and Sandbanks beach very close by this is an ideal spot to try some thing new. If you don't fancy actually getting in the water there are lots of great boat trips departing there including trips to Brownsea Island and along the Jurassic coast.


As many will know, TV drama series Broadchurch was filmed in this stunning location and you can see why! The sandstone cliffs are somewhat breathtaking and the views out towards Chesil beach are lovely. There is a cliff top walk which I'd highly recommend and its worth exploring nearby Bridport too.


I think Durdle Door might be the most iconic of all the Dorset beaches. The arch is beautiful and makes the perfect subject for landscape photography. It is situated just along the coast from Lulworth cove which is also stunning. There is a coastal path that connects the two which is about a 30 minute walk, a great opportunity to take in the views of the Jurassic coast.


Hengistbury Head is the perfect spot for a nice afternoon walk. The car park is situated by the beach and within a few minutes and a climb over some sand dunes you are on the coastal path overlooking the beach, with Hengistbury Head straight in front of you. The path is well used and in the summer is a popular route. Once on top of the cliff you and take int the amazing views stretching across Bournemouth, Mudeford and out to the Isle of Wight. You can either walk back down to relax on the beach or in the cafe or continue to explore the other side with more heathland scenery and make your way down to Mudeford sandbank.

Dorset has so many beautiful walks. If you would like to know any more about these places or other beaches in Dorset please feel free to drop me a message either through the form on the contact page or through Insta.

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