Find Nearest Beaches in Dorset

Planning a trip to the Dorset coast and looking for where the nearest Dorset beach is, our UK beach lists and beach search will help you discover the nearest beach to me.  Then for each Dorset beach, we will answer questions around location, rural or town, sandy or pebble, rockpools, tide times, weather forecast, dog restrictions, bathing water quality, closest beach cafes and provide general information on the beach, its facilities and the surrounding area.

When on a beach page use our tools to expand your search to nearby seaside villages, towns and the surrounding Dorset coast for things to see and do or places to eat.

If you are looking for an award-winning beach, you can browse our UK Blue Flag lists or our UK Seaside Award lists.

Have a dog? Finding a dog-friendly beach can be hard work and our dog-friendly beach lists will help direct you to the best locations allowing dogs.

Finding the best beach in Dorset is easy – explore the beach links below, to find the closest beach just hit the “Find Near Me” button or use the search bar to plan where your next Dorset beach visit should be.

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Showing Beaches 25-36 of 57
Showing Beaches 25-36 of 57

Find Dorset Dog Friendly Beaches

Heading to the Dorset coast with your dog and not sure if they are allowed on any beaches?

This Dorset list of dog friendly beaches will help in planning your next trip to the beach, beaches for dogs near Dorset

Our Dorset dog friendly beach list currently has 13 Dorset beaches listed where dogs are allowed with 21 beaches that have some dog restrictions, and there are no beaches on which a full dog ban is in operation.

Dorset dog friendly beaches Dorset Beaches allowing dogs

This list shows 13 Dorset beaches with no dog restrictions and can be used all year.

  1. Durdle Door Beach, West Lulworth
  2. Lulworth Cove Beach, West Lulworth
  3. Church Cliff Beach, Lyme Regis
  4. Mudeford Sandbanks Beach, Christchurch
  5. Bowleaze Cove Beach, Weymouth
  6. Highcliffe Castle Beach, Christchurch
  7. Worbarrow Bay Beach, Swanage
  8. Church Ope Cove Beach, Weymouth
  9. Kimmeridge Bay Beach, Swanage
  10. Monmouth Beach, Lyme Regis
  11. Rockley Park Beach, Poole
  12. East Cliff Beach, Lyme Regis
  13. Chapmans Pool Beach, Swanage

Note, although dogs are allowed you are expected to keep control of your dog, clean-up after them and some beaches may require you to keep them on a lead. Please check local information sites for any restrictions.

Dorset beaches with dog restrictions Dorset Beaches that have dog restrictions

This list shows 21 Dorset beaches allowing dogs but with some restrictions. These restrictions could be a time of day, restricted zones, dogs to be kept on a lead or only allowed out of season. Check our beach information page for details of the restrictions in place.

  1. Bournemouth Pier Beach, Bournemouth
  2. Chesil Bank Beach, Weymouth
  3. Alum Chine Beach, Bournemouth
  4. Boscombe Pier Beach, Bournemouth
  5. Durley Chine Beach, Bournemouth
  6. Bournemouth East Cliff Beach, Bournemouth
  7. Fishermans Walk Beach, Bournemouth
  8. Manor Steps Beach, Bournemouth
  9. Southbourne Beach, Bournemouth
  10. Charmouth Beach, Lyme Regis
  11. Avon Beach, Christchurch
  12. Friars Cliff Beach, Christchurch
  13. Highcliffe Beach, Christchurch
  14. Burton Hive Beach, Bridport
  15. Lyme Regis Town Beach, Lyme Regis
  16. Branksome Chine Beach, Poole
  17. Canford Cliffs Beach, Poole
  18. Sandbanks Beach, Poole
  19. Shore Road Beach, Poole
  20. Shell Bay Beach, Swanage
  21. Swanage Central Beach, Swanage

Dorset Beaches that do not allow dogs Dorset Beaches that do not allow dogs

We have no Dorset beaches recorded that do not allow dogs at any time.

Dorset Beaches that we have NO dog restriction information

This list shows 23 Dorset beaches where we have no information on dog restrictions.

  1. Ringstead Bay Beach, Weymouth
  2. Weymouth Beach, Weymouth
  3. Swanage Bay Beach, Swanage
  4. Studland Bay Beach, Swanage
  5. Hengistbury Head Beach, Christchurch
  6. Lyme Bay Beach, Lyme Regis
  7. Mudeford Quay Beach, Christchurch
  8. West Bay West Beach, Bridport
  9. West Bay East Beach, Bridport
  10. Eypes Mouth Beach, Bridport
  11. Greenhill Beach, Weymouth
  12. Overcome Beach, Weymouth
  13. Hamworthy Beach, Poole
  14. Harbour Sandbanks Beach, Poole
  15. Castle Cove Portland Harbour Beach, Weymouth
  16. Sandsfoot Castle Beach, Weymouth
  17. Seatown Beach, Bridport
  18. Swanage North Beach, Swanage
  19. Dancing Ledge Beach, Swanage
  20. Bandstand Beach, Weymouth
  21. Lodmoor Beach, Weymouth
  22. Newtons Cove Beach, Weymouth
  23. Shipstal Beach, Poole

  24. If a Dorset beach is not listed above then we have no information and you will have to check local beach information boards.

    Note that we try to keep this dog beach information up to date but restrictions are set by local councils and occasionally we may miss a change.