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There’s nothing quite like having your dog with you when you’re out on an adventure. Their free spirit and boundless enthusiasm is contagious, and makes any holiday that much better.

At Lyme Bay Holidays, we’re proud to offer a wide range of dog-friendly cottages for our guests. We’re also proud to say that dogs are welcome in a huge number of local establishments too, so you can be comfortable knowing that your dog can enjoy everything that the area has to offer too.

One of the most common things we’re asked by our guests though is which beaches in Dorset are dog-friendly? It’s a great question, and one with a very reassuring answer for dog owners, with a huge range of dog-friendly beaches available. Indeed, there’s only two beaches don’t allow dogs – Seatown and Shipstal Beach.

Amongst the list of dog-friendly beaches are the stunning pair of Ringshead Bay and Fisherman’s Walk, with the former being a stunning, secluded shingle beach with crystal-clear waters and the latter being a favourite with Bournemouth locals, thanks to its golden sands and create amenities.

There are other great beaches on the dog-friendly list too, like Studland Beach with its fantastic golden sands and National Trust status. Here’s the full list, with beaches in bold within half an hour of Lyme Regis by car:


Dorset beaches which allow dogs:

  • Bowleaze Cove
  • Chesil Beach
  • Church Ope Cove
  • Cogden
  • Durdle Door West
  • Durdle Door – East
  • Durley Chine Bournemouth
  • Eypemouth
  • Fishermans Walk Bournemouth
  • Gore Cove
  • Harbour Lake Poole
  • Harbour Rockley Sand Poole
  • Hengistbury West
  • Hive Beach (Burton Bradstock)
  • Monmouth Beach Lyme Regis
  • Mudeford Quay
  • Mudeford Sandbank
  • Ringstead Bay
  • Southbourne Bournemouth
  • St Gabriel’s Mouth
  • Steamer Point Christchurch
  • Studland – Knoll Beach
  • Studland – Shell Bay


That’s 23 beaches along the stunning Dorset coast which allow you to bring your dog along for the trip.

Dorset beaches with restricted access for dogs:

  • Alum Chine Bournemouth
  • Avon Beach Christchurch
  • Boscombe Pier Bournemouth
  • Bournemouth Pier
  • Branksome Chine Poole
  • Canford Cliffs Poole
  • Castle Cove (Portland Harbour)
  • Charmouth West
  • Charmouth – East
  • Chesil Cove
  • Church Beach Lyme Regis
  • Cobb Lyme Regis
  • East Cliff Bournemouth
  • Friars Cliff Christchurch
  • Greenhill Weymouth
  • Hengistbury Head Bournemouth
  • Highcliffe
  • Highcliffe Castle Christchurch
  • Kimmeridge Bay
  • Lulworth Cove
  • Manor Steps Bournemouth
  • Overcombe
  • Preston Weymouth
  • Sandbanks Poole
  • Sandbanks Harbour Poole
  • Sandsfoot Castle (Portland Harbour)
  • Shore Road – Sandbanks Poole
  • South Swanage
  • Swanage
  • Swanage North
  • West Bay East
  • West Bay West
  • Weymouth
  • White Nothe


‘Restricted’ access for dogs will mean different things for different beaches. Typically, it’ll mean that dogs can be walked through the beach but must remain on a leash, or that there’s a specific area of the beach where dogs are allowed. However, many ‘restricted’ beaches only allow dogs on the beach at certain times of the year (typically April to September), or at fixed points during the day, so as not to disturb local wildlife.

Do remember to always clean up after your dog on any trip to the beach. Dorset enjoys some of the most stunning natural beauty of anywhere in the UK, and we want that to be shared with as many people as possible.

But most of all, enjoy your amazing Dorset holiday with your best friend by your side!