best hidden beaches in dorset

Discovering Dorset’s Hidden Beaches: A Local’s Guide

Posted on: 18th September 2023

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Dorset’s coastline is known for its stunning beauty, but did you know that it’s also home to some amazing hidden gems? In this guide, we’ll take you on a journey to discover some of the county’s lesser-known beaches, where you can escape the crowds and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Whether you’re a local looking for a new spot to explore or a visitor seeking a unique experience, this guide will help you uncover the best hidden beaches Dorset has to offer.

Castle Cove

Castle Cove is in a picturesque location in Weymouth. It provides a great environment for a relaxing day out, where you can unwind and soak up the natural beauty of the area. The beach is also an excellent spot for a delightful picnic with your loved ones, so why not pack up some snacks and head to Castle Cove for the afternoon!

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Hengistbury Head Beach

This dog-friendly beach at Hengistbury Head is a stunning combination of soft sand and shingles, providing gorgeous views of the Isle of Wight. It’s the perfect destination for a leisurely stroll, especially if you have a furry companion with you. Enjoy the lush greenery and picturesque walking trails during your afternoon out. Those staying at South Lytchett Manor, the beach is accessible through public transport as well, simply get the bus from the holiday park to the Poole Bus Station which will then take you to the beach.

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Mupe Bay

Mupe Bay is a stunning shingle beach that is well worth a visit. With its serene atmosphere and breath-taking views, it has great spots to take memorable photos. Whether you’re an early riser or a night lover, Mupe Bay offers beautiful sunrises that you won’t regret seeing. However, it’s important to note that this beach is only open to the public on weekends, so be sure to plan accordingly.

Photo credit: Odd Wellies, flickr

Ringstead Bay

Ringstead Bay is highly recommended by us if you’re looking for a peaceful escape. The pebbled beach provides a calming atmosphere that is brilliant for those wanting to unwind. You’ll enjoy stunning views over Portland on clear days, and crystal waters to enjoy. So why not pack a bag and head down for a relaxing afternoon out?

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Chapman’s Pool

Chapman’s Pool is a hidden gem that is definitely worth the trek. The views once you get there are breath-taking and the beach itself is secluded and peaceful. It’s an ideal location for a relaxing day away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Photo credit: Peter Hurford, flickr

Cogden Beach

Cogden Beach is a great place to visit if you’re looking for a dog-friendly beach on the Jurassic Coast. With stunning views of the coastline and a peaceful atmosphere, it’s a great spot to visit for a day out with your family. The surrounding countryside is home to a diverse range of wildlife to appreciate. It’s also popular with anglers, providing great fishing opportunities.

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Worbarrow Bay

If you’re looking for a scenic hiking spot, we highly recommend visiting Worbarrow Bay. The walk from the car park takes roughly 20 minutes to reach the beach, but the stunning views along the way and at the beach make it all worthwhile. The beach itself is absolutely beautiful, with crystal-clear blue waters and impressive cliff-sides that are sure to leave you in awe. Worbarrow Bay is perfect for some fun water activities including snorkelling.

Photo credit: Ian A Wanless, flickr

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South Lytchett Manor – Award-Winning Holiday Park in Dorset

Looking for the perfect place to stay during your beach holiday in Dorset? Look no further than South Lytchett Manor. Our multi-award-winning holiday park offers a variety of accommodation options to suit your needs, from cosy glamping pods to charming shepherd huts. With our beautiful surroundings and modern amenities, you’ll be sure to have an enjoyable stay.

Book your stay today and experience the best of what Dorset has to offer!

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