DORSET: THE JURASSIC COAST BEST BEACHES
The Jurassic Coast is a real treasure of the UK with so much to discover, from fossils to white sand beaches, drawing holidaymakers year-on-year to its shores. But where to start?
A quick amazing video I’ve found on YouTube of the Jurassic Coast in Dorset from an areal perspective. Simply breathtaking!
If you’re traveling to this beautiful region then you already know it’s an amazing holiday destination, the tricky bit will be picking from its wealth of wonderful beaches. To make it easier for you, here’s a list of five of Dorset’s best beaches.
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1| Lulworth Cove: Known for its sheer beauty:
An iconic horseshoe-shaped cove with nearby Fossil Forest and Durdle Door to visit, Lulworth Cove is a white pebble beach with beautiful turquoise waters.
Dip your toe in the shallows or stretch out on a beach blanket, it’s a calm and tranquil spot for a family day at the beach or for a romantic stroll with your partner and your dog by your side.
2 | Weymouth Beach: A family favorite:
If Lulworth Cove is a tranquil getaway, then Weymouth is the vibrant alternative for traditional British seaside fun. Run, play, and bring the bucket and spade, this Dorset beach is a top place for families on their holidays.
Its wide stretch of flat sandy beach is great for kids to build sandcastles or splash through the lapping waves. There are amusements for everyone to enjoy and when you feel peckish, there are plenty of cafes and restaurants overlooking the water.
3| Lyme Regis: ‘The Pearl of Dorset’:
This is the real reason people fall in love with the Jurassic Coast: the fossils! Lyme Regis is a great place to go hunting for ammonites and belemnites, you can even find fool’s gold here – otherwise known as Iron Pyrite.
It was the place where Mary Anning, the ‘greatest fossil hunter’, lived and worked; discovering an incredible variety of ancient fossils. Follow in her footsteps with a visit to this historic beach.
4|Charmouth Beach: A treasure trove of Jurassic fossils:
Continuing the fossil-hunting theme (after all, that’s what the Jurassic Coast is all about!), Charmouth Beach is another top spot for hunting down ammonites.
With beach huts and fossil guided tours, it’s a curious mix of heritage and traditional family holiday fun. A blend of sand and shingle, it’s great for families who can go exploring and swimming in the sea, and it’s a wonderful choice for couples or adult groups looking for a restful stroll along the seafront.
5| West Bay: A renowned yet quiet beach:
West Bay, also known as Bridport Harbour, is a wide flat expanse of shingle, perfect for a game of footie or lying out in the sunshine. Backed by dramatic sandstone cliffs, the scenery here is beautiful and there’s a café down by the beach where you can relax.
The town of Bridport is nearby and offers shops, restaurants and a museum to explore. Why not watch the boats come and go while you enjoy a picnic on this wonderful beach?
6|Seatown Beach: A beach with fantastic coastal views
Just next door to West Bay is Seatown Beach. Split by the River Winniford that enters the sea at the beach, this shingle seaside haunt is privately-owned and has wonderful views of the Dorset coastline.
This small stretch of beach is a great spot for anyone looking for a peaceful getaway, with the closest village being Chideock set just behind the bay. There’s a pub down by the beach so you can enjoy a delicious dinner or head down with a group of friends for a few drinks down by the seafront.
7 |Worbarrow Bay: A Secret Beach Near a Mysterious Village
Lastly, let’s take a trip to the mysterious and beautiful Worbarrow Bay. This inlet is close to a village where the entire population was forced to abandon their homes and left overnight. Tyneham is a village that was evacuated in 1943 during WWII to provide a space for military training, but the villagers were never allowed to return and so many of their possessions have been left in situ, creating an eerie atmosphere.
The shingle beach is dog-friendly and there’s a local pub that also welcomes pets. Head out on a dog walk along the beautiful bay, then head over to the mysterious ghost village for an intriguing day trip.
The great thing about Dorset holidays is that there are so many different beaches, you’re sure to find the perfect place for you. Enjoy a stay in a cozy holiday cottage in Dorset and visit one of the stunning beaches on this list.