Dorset's secret beaches

Being superbly located on the Jurassic Coast, Dorset has access to some of the most beautiful stretches of beach in the UK. Golden sands leading out to the clearest turquoise waters, rugged cliffs towering down from the South West Coastal Path and the most spectacular natural monuments such as Durdle Door just waiting for visitors to come and admire its beauty. Whatever you are looking for from your trip to the coast, Dorset has it in spades. Have a look at some of our favourites!

1. Worbarrow Bay

Worbarrow Bay

Difficulty: Moderate – 4 miles.One steady climb and one steep descent.

Getting There: The walk starts in the ghost village of Tyneham (BH20 5DE).

Best For: Dog walkers and children.

Kids will love the air of mystery in Tyneham village which was abandoned in 1943 after the area was commandeered by the War Office. A short ascent from the village leads to panoramic views over huge areas of heathland where you will encounter an abundance of wildlife, rare flowers, fungi and insects. Another bonus is that Worbarrow Bay is dog-friendly throughout the year and there’s a nearby pub where dogs are welcome. 

Download the walk for full details and directions.

2. Chapman’s Pool and Dancing Ledge

Chapman's Pool

Difficulty: Moderate – 7.3 miles. The path is steep and can be slippery. Heathland is exposed on windy days.

Getting There: Start in Spyway car park (BH19 3HG).

Best For: Everyone. A breathtaking, dog-friendly walk.

The hidden beach at Chapman’s Pool is a wonderfully wild beach where the stream joins the sea from a plunging ravine carved through high cliffs. If you are a strong swimmer stop off at Dancing Ledge. The pool cut out of the rock is like an infinity pool with a sea view. As the tide returns, the water becomes a jacuzzi (best to take your cue here and get out before the ledge is completely immersed under the waves.  Experienced swimmers can swim in the sea next to the pool). Finish off with pint and pasty at the Square and Compass. It dates back to 1752 and has its own Fossil Museum. 

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3. Osmington Beach

Osmington Beach

Difficulty: Moderate – 4.7 miles. Some gentle climbs and descents but nothing too strenuous.

Getting There: Start in Bowleaze Coveway car park (DT3 6PW).

Best For: Pub lunch, swimming and snorkelling.

Kids will love the white horse and the foundations of the Roman villa on this walk. One of the highlights all the family can enjoy is the thatched Smuggler’s Inn which dates from the thirteenth century. A pint in front of the fire in winter is a special treat! Work up an appetite with a swim or snorkel on Osmington Beach or try your luck fishing.

Download the walk for route map and detailed historical info.

And the rest…

Some other top secret beaches are Mupe Bay, Fleet Lagoon and Ringstead Bay. For all you dog lovers check out the Top Dog Walks on the Coast Path. And..enjoy!!!

When evening falls, and long days at the beach have you heading for bed, come to one of our holiday cottages on the Dorset Coast. From secret escapes for two, large houses for all the family or a retreat for you and a four-legged friend, we'll have the perfect property for all your needs. 

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