Beaches and the coast
Dorset beaches and coastline have the very best to offer and are among the best in the south west. With amazing views and blue seas you can appreciate the stunning coastal scenery. From soft sands to pebbly beaches, enjoy and relax or choose from many action filled watersports.
Situated at the mouth of the river Char, Charmouth is a delightful unspoilt seaside village. For those that would like to learn more about the fossils why not visit the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre. They will show you how to search for your own fossils and have displays and even guided fossil hunting on the beach. Charmouth Beach is great for the family with lots of sand especially at low tide. Ideal for swimming there are also picnic areas, cafes and beach shops.
A traditional Victorian seaside Weymouth has a long sandy beach dotted with colourful beach huts. There are safe, shallow waters so the beach is ideal for all the family. Enjoy Donkey rides and various beach activities as well as the picturesque harbour. For those feeling more adventurous sailing, fishing and diving are also available.
A pretty harbour with a pebbly beach this is an ideal beach for old and young alike. Ringstead Bay is a sheltered beach with clear water that is great for swimming. A peaceful alternative to the busy resort of Weymouth. It boasts a fantastic view of the Isle of Portland to admire as you swim.
This beach acts as one of the main gateways to the Jurassic Coast which is a World Heritage Site. The beach is shingle and is surrounded by spectacular sandstone cliffs.
Nestled in the heart of the Jurassic Coast, Dorset, lies the beautiful fishing harbour of West Bay. West Bay offers the family outstanding beaches to roam and the space to play. Or why not try mackerel fishing for all the family on the Dawn Mist. Done the traditional way with purpose made hand lines it is suitable for everyone. Tel: 07967944781
Enjoy quality Kayak tours along Dorset’s World Heritage coastline under the supervision of local qualified guides. Take in the natural wonders of this dramatic landscape from safe and stable double sit on top kayaks. See Durdle Door in all its glory.
The National Trust’s Studland Beach is a continuous four mile stretch of sandy beaches and heathland. There are spectacular views of Old Harry Rocks and the Isle of Wight. For those wishing to explore, designated trails will take you through the sand dunes and woodlands. This nature reserve is ideal for spotting deer, insects and bird life as well as a wealth of wild flowers. The golden, sandy beach with gently shelving bathing waters is suitable for all the family. From sailing and windsurfing to canoes and stand-up paddleboards there are also plenty of water sports to keep you busy.