Dog friendly beaches in Dorset

If you are planning a pet friendly holiday in Dorset then the following guide which lists dog friendly beaches in Dorset along with their details and availability should prove a useful addition to making your holiday more enjoyable.

Although many of Dorset's beaches allow dog walkers there are some restrictions as to when you can take them on beaches. This usually refers to certain times of the year but other restrictions can apply as well.

Abbotsbury

Dogs are allowed.

Bournemouth

Beach Office 01202 451781. Between 1 May and 30 September dogs are allowed to the west of Durley Chine and east of Fisherman's Walk up to Hengistbury Head.

Bridport

Burton Bradstock Beach-no dogs between 1 May and 30 September, except on East Beach. West Bexington Beach-dogs allowed in a restricted area. Eype Beach-dogs permitted. West Bay-no dogs allowed between 1 May to 1 October, except in the port area where they must stay on a lead. Cogden-dogs allowed. Christchurch

Between 1 May and 30 September no dogs on Avon Beach, Friars Cliff Beach and Highcliffe Beach between Groynes H8 and H11. Dogs are allowed between the wave wall at end of Friars Cliff Beach and Groyne H8 at Highcliffe Crow's Nest Beach, Mudeford Sandbank and Gundimore Beach.

Lyme Regis

Between 1 April and 31 October no dogs on Lyme Regis's front beach and on leads for rest of year. Dogs allowed on Monmouth Beach, Cobb Gate and East Beach. Charmouth West Beach, no dogs from 1 May to 30 September, Charmouth East Beach, no dogs in July and August between 10am-6pm. Seatown Beach-no dogs.

Poole

No dogs from 1 May to 30 September on the main beaches, but dogs are allowed on the beach all year round at Branksome Dene and at the west end of Sandbanks beach.

Purbeck

Studland Beaches - various restrictions apply - download the Beach Guide (pdf, 96kb) (opens in a new window) for further information. Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door, Worbarrow Bay, Kimmeridge Beaches - dogs allowed.

Swanage

No Dogs from 1 May to 30 September.

Weymouth

No dogs on main beach from 1 May to 30 September. There is a dog area all year round at the Pavilion end of the beach and Preston Beach.