Dorset Beaches and Coast

Dorset is in the South West of England on the English Channel coast and is famous for the amazing stretches of fine, sandy beaches and varied shorelines that yield up such treasures as the Jurassic Coast!

There are wide chalk downs here as well as low valleys and beautiful coves and islands. Ports at Portland, Poole and Weymouth as well as an international airport, make it easy to reach and there is a wide variety of accommodation to suit every budget.

There are many historic houses, theatres, art galleries, shopping towns, festivals and events and 185 million years of earth's history in the ninety five miles of coastline making up the Jurassic Coast - a great spot for fossil hunting and beach combing!

If you love walking, Dorset is for you. In fact, cyclists, hikers, climbers, holiday makers, travellers, students, kite flyers, peace seekers, windsurfers, anglers, golf enthusiasts and horse riders rate Dorset as one the United Kingdom's best holiday spots!

Nearest Beaches in Dorset

  • Church Ope Cove Beach

    Church Ope Cove beach is a pebble beach with a small stream on the eastern side of Portland and as the tide goes out you have a number of rock pools and some sand. The beach is sheltered as it has cliffs on three sides. Popular diving location to access the read more

  • 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, meaning boats can come right into the bay and anchor a few metres from the read more

  • Avon Beach

    Avon Beach is situated at Mudeford to the east side of the Christchurch Harbour entrance, near Bournemouth and is a 1/4 mile of sandy beach with views of the Isle of Wight and the Needles Lighthouse. Avon beach is a great family beach providing a great place for beach games, read more

  • Charmouth Beach

    Charmouth beach is a sand (at low tide) and shingle beach that stretches for two miles with rock pools. Charmouth beach is an excellent place to search for fossils. To the west of Charmouth is the site of the largest coastal mudslide in Europe, called Black Ven, it was created read more

  • Friars Cliff Beach

    Friars Cliff beach is a mixture of sand and shingle with great views across Christchurch Bay to the Isle of Wight. Good family beach with safe swimming, backed by a promenade that has wheelchair access. Facilities include car parks, toilets, cafe, lifeguards in the summer and beach hut hire.

  • Highcliffe Castle Beach

    Highcliffe Castle beach is a sand and shingle beach backed by woods and Highcliffe Castle. Limited facilities: parking, toilets and cafe in the grounds of Highcliffe Castle. Note that the parking in the woods at Highcliffe Castle can fill up early in good weather. You can park on Highcliffe cliff-top read more

  • Mudeford Quay Beach

    Mudeford Quay is at the entrance to Christchurch harbour is not a beach but provides a great family day out location. You can fish off the quay, walk to the beaches nearby, take the ferry to Mudeford Sandbanks and Hengistbury Head or participate in watersports. From this point you can read more

  • Lyme Bay Beach

    Lyme Bay is situated on the south coast of England, towards the western end of the English Channel. The Lyme Bay coast makes for excellent family holidays with excellent beaches, watersports and great fossil hunting. The area around Lyme Bay is part of a World Heritage Site, the Jurassic Coast, read more

  • Bowleaze Cove Beach

    Bowleaze Cove is a pebbly beach backed by cliffs with sand and rock pools exposed when the tide goes out. Slipway used by Jetskiers and the water is ‘zoned’ to keep watersports enthusiasts and swimmers apart. Facilities include slipway, parking, shop, and cafe.

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