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Best beaches in Dorset

Are you looking for the best beaches in Dorset? Well, look no further, we have searched ‘tide’ and low – here’s our top picks!

Chesil Cove

Chesil Cove (source en.wikipedia.org)

Chesil Cove (source en.wikipedia.org)

Chesil Cove is one of the most popular spots in the UK for scuba divers and has an array of south coast marine life such as dogfish, spider crabs and cuttle fish. It is also a popular spot for fishing, as well as surfing in September and October.
If all that activity leaves you feeling a little hungry, you can watch all the action from The Cove House Inn which is perfectly located in front of the famous Portland cliffs.

 

Ringstead Bay

Ringstead Bay (source tripadvisor.co.uk)

Ringstead Bay (source tripadvisor.co.uk)

This National Trust beach is a bit of a hidden treasure. Secluded and unspoilt – the best way to describe this shingle beach in Dorset.

 

Rockley Point Beach

 (source rockleyinternational.wordpress.com)

ing Rockley Point Beach (source rockleyinternational.wordpress.com)

Rockley Point Beach is a small and sandy beach with just 150 metres of beach front – but what it lacks in size it makes up for in fun! Rockley Watersports is based at the beach, here you can learn to sail, windsurf and much more!

 

Weymouth Beach

Weymouth beach ( source en.wikipedia.org)

Weymouth beach ( source en.wikipedia.org)

If you’re looking for a traditional seaside beach then Weymouth Beach is just the ticket! A delightful three-mile stretch is just a stones throw from the town centre. Take your pick from classic attractions such as donkey rides and sand sculptures or just relax in the sunshine and take in the views of the Jurassic coastline.

 

Greenhill Beach

Greenhill Beach (source www.pauldimages.co.uk)

Greenhill Beach (source www.pauldimages.co.uk)

Wander down to Greenhill near the band stand if you are looking for a more lively beach. Swim out to the raft and jump in the sea or just use it for sun bathing.

 

Church Ope Cove

Church Ope Cove (source portland-bill.co.uk)

Church Ope Cove (source portland-bill.co.uk)

Church Ope Cove is a pebble beach with clean and safe water. The steps down to the beach and the pebbles do make it difficult for pushchairs but it’s a haven for bird watchers and you may be lucky enough to spot a dolphin or two! It’s also very well sheltered from the wind thanks to the cliffs on three sides.

 

Bowleaze Cove

Bowleaze Cove (source www.dorset-beaches.co.uk)

Bowleaze Cove (source www.dorset-beaches.co.uk)

Fancy a beach with a Fun Fair? Who doesn’t! Bowleaze Cove is a shingle beach which is family friendly and perfect for rock pooling when it’s low tide.

 

Portland Harbour

Portland Harbour (source en.wikipedia.org)

Portland Harbour (source en.wikipedia.org)

Portland Harbour is one of the best places to visit for speed sailing and is world-famous for its kite surfing thanks to sailable winds in all directions.

 

Lulworth Cove

Lulworth Cove (source www.sealandap.co.uk)

Lulworth Cove (source www.sealandap.co.uk)

An impressive chalk coastline partnered with crystal blue seas makes Lulworth Cove one of the most popular places to visit in Dorset. This is the place to visit for scenery, walks and views.

 

West Bay

West Bay (source www.natamagat.co.uk)

West Bay (source www.natamagat.co.uk)

Thanks to ITV’s Broadchurch West Bay is hitting the prime time. Even if you’re not a fan of the series these famous cliffs are still worth a visit. As a sandy beach with easy access West Bay is about as family friendly as they come.

 

Sandbanks

Sandbanks(source www.dorset-beaches.co.uk)

Sandbanks(source www.dorset-beaches.co.uk)

Live like a millionaire – even if it is just for the day! Sandbanks is Britain’s very own Monte Carlo with some properties valued at over £10 million. The water is fresh and clean, the sand of excellent quality and you may see a celeb or two.

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