Dog-friendly holidays on the Dorset coast
Dogs love Dorset, especially the coast. From Hengistbury Head to Golden Cap, the cliffs rise and fall at the sea’s edge. It's home to the eastern end of the UNESCO Jurassic Coast, Poole Bay, the Isle of Purbeck, Bournemouth Beach, the fossil capital of Lyme Regis and miles of sand and pebble beach. The coast is also a geologist's and palaeontologist's heaven as you can discover fossils and amazing rock formations along its length. The most eye-catching natural landmark on the Dorset coast is Durdle Door, which is high above the peculiar and dazzling Lulworth Cove. Elsewhere is the intriguing Hengistbury Head, the former site of an iron-age fortification and now home to the world’s most expensive beach huts – a beautiful place to watch yachts and boats at play.
Your dog will love the open beaches and the scope for play in Dorset. The unspoiled and quiet beaches on the Studland Peninsula are a wonderful spot to head to with your dog. Some sections are a nature reserve but there’s room for everybody there. Follow the coast path to Swanage past Old Harry Rocks for one of the best clifftop walks in the area. Here you can also catch a steam train inland to Corfe Castle (dogs are welcome aboard). Another great walk is the trail between Charmouth and Bridport over the peak of Golden Cap – at 191 metres, it is the highest point on the south coast of England. Have a read of our Canine guide to Dorset for even more great suggestions.
Stay in a pet-friendly cottage with your loved ones, there’s absolutely no need to leave your dog in a kennel or left with a neighbour – visit our collection today and choose your dream place to stay on your Dorset holiday. Choose from luxury places to stay, cottages with hot tubs and much, much more.