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. Alum Chine Beach, Bournemouth

Alum Chine Beach.Alum Chine beach is a sandy beach popular with families and has a children’s play area and a paddling pool. The beach is not so busy as those closer to Bournemouth Pier and the town centre....

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2. Church Cliff Beach, Lyme Regis

Church Cliff Beach.Church Cliff beach is sandy in places and at low tide there is a rock ledge with rock pools. The River Lym flows into the bay on this part of the beach and the beach disappears at high tide....

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3. East Cliff Beach, Bournemouth

East Cliff Beach.Situated between Bournemouth and Boscombe Piers this is a great sandy family beach. Land train goes along promenade between the two piers. The East Cliff Railway or East Cliff Lift,...

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4. 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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5. Shore Road Beach, Poole

Shore Road Beach.Shore Road beach is a large sandy beach that joins with the Sandbanks beach and is the part just before the beach hits the Peninsula....

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6. 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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7. Avon Beach, Mudeford

Avon Beach.Avon Beach situated at Mudeford to the east side of the Christchurch Harbour entrance, near Bournrmouth is a 1/4 mile of sandy beach with views of the Isle of Wight and the Needles Lighthouse. ...

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8. Burton Hive Beach, Burton Bradstock

Burton Hive Beach.Burton beach also known as Hive beach is a coarse long sandy beach overlooked by cliffs. Good swimming although tides can be strong. A ...

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9. Canford Cliffs Beach, Poole

Canford Cliffs Beach.Canford Cliffs beach is a shallow sloping sandy beach, although the tide comes in the amount of sand available is limited.The beach is bellow a steep sandy cliff which means you have steps t...

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10. Fishermans Walk Beach, Bournemouth

Fishermans Walk Beach.Ideal family sandy beach with some pebbles. Safe bathing as no rip currents or steep shelves....

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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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