Dog-friendly beaches in Dorset

DORSET’S coastline is up there with Cornwall and Devon in the south of the UK with some incredible beaches in Weymouth and Bournemouth.

The seaside hubs are perfect for families, whether they are locals or tourists visiting Dorset – but which ones are dogs allowed onto as well?

Which beaches can dogs go onto in Dorset?

Dorset has over 50 beaches available for dogs to go on in the county with the majority near Poole.

  • Alum Chine Beach, Bournemouth (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Avon Beach, Christchurch (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Boscombe Pier, Bournemouth (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Bournemouth Beach (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Bowleaze Cove, Weymouth
  • Branksome Chine Beach, Poole (dog restrictions on the main beach from May to September)
  • Canford Cliffs Beach, Poole (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Chapman’s Pool Beach, Swanage
  • Charmouth Beach (dog restrictions on the central area from May to September)
  • Chesil Beach
  • Church Cliff Beach, Lyme Regis
  • Church Ope Cove, Isle of Portland
  • Cogden Beach, Bridport
  • Durdle Door Beach, West Lulworth
  • Durley Chine, Bournemouth
  • East Cliff Beach, Lyme Regis
  • Eype Beach, Bridport
  • Fisherman’s Walk Beach, Bournemouth (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Gore Cove Beach, Weymouth 
  • Greenhill Beach, Weymouth (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Harbour Lake, Poole
  • Hengistbury Head Beach, Southbourne
  • Highcliffe Beach (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Highcliffe Castle Beach, Christchurch
  • Hive Beach, Burton Bradstock (dog restrictions from June to October)
  • Kimmeridge Bay
  • Knoll Beach, Studland (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Lulworth Cove
  • Lyme Regis Beach (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Manor Steps Beach, Bournemouth (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Man O’War Beach, West Lulworth
  • Monkey Beach, Swanage
  • Monmouth Beach, Lyme Regis
  • Mudeford Quay
  • Mudeford Sandbank, Southbourne
  • Mupe Bay Beach, West Lulworth
  • Overcombe Beach
  • Preston Beach, Weymouth (dog restrictions on parts of the beach  from May to September)
  • Ringstead Bay
  • Rockley Park Beach, Poole
  • Sandbanks Beach, Poole (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Seatown Beach (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Shell Bay Beach, Studland (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Shore Road Beach, Poole (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • South Beach, Studland (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Southbourne Beach, Bournemouth
  • Steamer Point, Christchurch (dogs must be kept on a lead in the Nature Reserve)
  • Swanage Bay (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Swanage Beach (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • West Bay East Beach (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • West Bay West Beach (dog restrictions from May to September)
  • Weymouth Beach (dog restrictions on parts of the beach from Easter to October)
  • White Nothe Beach
  • Worbarrow Beach, Tyneham
Durdle Door Beach is one of the most famous seaside hubs in the UK - and dogs can visit all year round
Durdle Door Beach is one of the most famous seaside hubs in the UK – and dogs can visit all year round

Why are dogs banned from going onto beaches?

The main reason for not allowing dogs on to beaches at certain times is for health and safety purposes.

Although most owners will clean up after their pets when they are out, some fail to pick up their dog’s poo. 

Due to a dog’s diet being largely meat-based, leaving their faeces on the beach runs the risk of humans contracting toxocariasis – or zoonosis. 

And during the busy months, this becomes even more dangerous – especially for children – with potential problems including blindness and breathing difficulties.

Things to consider when taking your dog to the beach

Dogs love a nice trip to the seaside, just like their human companions. 

But there are a number of rules and tips to consider when heading to the beach.

These include: 

  • Check with beach management to see if dogs are allowed
  • Take poo bags to clear up their mess
  • Bring a lead – dogs have to be on a leash on some beaches at all times
  • Avoid the big crowds
  • Consider some people may not like dogs
  • Take plenty of fresh water and a bowl for your dog
  • Take a first aid kit in case your dog becomes injured
  • Check for local vets in case of emergency
  • Make sure your dog is wearing their collar and ID tag
  • If they are wear a GPS tracker, make sure it is fully charged
  • Take spare towels to dry them
  • Keep an eye on your dog at all times

Dorset is not the only county with countless coastal hubs that welcome pooches with England having dog-friendly beaches from Land’s End to Druridge Bay.

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