There are many unspoiled areas of the coast to explore. Here are a few notable destinations.


On the Isle of Purbeck just east of Swanage. This beach is safe, sandy, has good views and is very popular so get there early! The area is owned by the National Trust and has excellent facilities on the beach (café, shop, toilets and showers).

Car parking - free to National Trust members.

Hive Beach

Situated at Burton Bradstock at the western end of Chesil Beach.


Coastal walks along the Jurassic Coast (South Coast Path). Start and end at the pub (Smugglers Inn). If you’re energetic you can stroll to Lulworth Cove!


George III made Weymouth his summer holiday residence on fourteen occasions between 1789 and 1805. It was the venue for the Olympic sailing events in 2012. Weymouth Beach is very wide and gently sloping, with golden sand and shallow waters, normally with small waves. It is used for beach motocross and volleyball — the International Volleyball Championships regularly come here. It has the typical traditional attractions of an English seaside resort, such as donkey rides, Punch and Judy, sand sculptures, trampolines, and a small fun fair for children.

This part of Dorset has numerous other beaches to sample. A typical list would include the following places from west to east in the county: Lyme Regis, Charmouth, West Bay, Chesil Beach, Chesil Cove, Hallelujah Bay, Church Ope Cove, Portland Harbour Beach, Smallmouth Beach, The Fleet’s Beaches, Sandsfoot Cove, Newton Cove, Greenhill Beach, Ringstead Bay, Durdle Door Beach, Man of War Cay, Lulworth Cove, Mupe Bay, Worbarrow Bay, Pondfield Cove, Brandy Bay, Hobarrow Bay, Egmont Bight, Kimmeridge Bay, Chapmans Pool, Durlston Bay and Swanage Beach.

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