Top 10 Dorset Beaches

Here are The UK Beaches Guides top 10 Dorset beaches. Our rating is based on two factors: the amount each page is viewed and any reviews submitted.

1. Studland Beach & Nature Reserve Beach, Swanage

Studland Beach & Nature Reserve Beach.Studland Beach & Nature Reserve has three miles of beaches (Shell Bay, Knoll Beach, Middle Beach and South Beach) are owned by the National Trust.  Wide sandy beaches great for s...

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2. Newtons Cove Beach, Weymouth

Newtons Cove Beach.Newtons Cove is a small cove with sand, shingle and rock pools. The beach is between Weymouth and Portland Harbour Portland Harbour and next to the Nothe Fort....

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3. Swanage Bay Beach, Swanage

Swanage Bay Beach.Swanage bay has a gentle shelving beach that runs the length of the town and is backed by a promenade lined with amusements and attractions. On a clear day it is possible to see all the way over to...

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4. Chesil Bank Beach, Weymouth

Chesil Bank Beach.Chesil Bank is not a beach to laze around playing in the sand. It is around 18 miles long shingle and pebbles separated from the mainland by the Fleet, a shallow tidal lagoon. This marks the southe...

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5. Mudeford Sandbanks Beach, Christchurch

Mudeford Sandbanks Beach.A sandy beach at the tip of Hengistbury Head. Swimmers, paddlers and watersports are segregated on designated areas between numbered groynes. The collection of 300 plus wooden beach chalets...

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6. Durley Chine Beach, Bournemouth

Durley Chine Beach.Durley Chine beach (west cliff) is a good family sandy beach. Water activities include sailing, windsurfing and canoeing and are zoned to allow for safe bathing....

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7. Manor Steps Beach, Bournemouth

Manor Steps Beach.The sandy beach is to the East of Boscombe Pier. Named after the zig-zag path and steps leading down from the cliff above....

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8. Branscombe Mouth Beach, Beer

Branscombe Mouth Beach.Branscombe village straggles along narrow roads down steep-sided valleys, terminating at a Branscombe Mouth beach. This shingle beach with rock pools forms part of the East Devon and Dorset Jurassi...

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9. Worbarrow Bay Beach, Swanage

Worbarrow Bay Beach.Worbarrow Bay beach is mainly pebbles with a little sand. The beach has a steep shelf and so swimmers will be in deep water very fast. Popular anchorage for boats due to the steep shelf, me...

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10. Rockley Park Beach, Poole

Rockley Park Beach.Rockley Par beach is a small (150m) sandy beach. At low tide swimming from the beach is not possible due to strong currents....

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Blue Flag Beaches

In addition to this list of our top Dorset beaches, Dorset has 10 Blue Flag awarded beaches and many more seaside awards.


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