Dorset is defined by its coastline – miles and miles of beaches, cliffs and stunning rock formations, making up the major part of the UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coast. The beaches are perhaps the biggest draw for visitors, and each one has its own distinct character and appeal. This week’s blog is about our favourite Dorset beaches. Do you agree with our list? Have we missed any out? Share your thoughts about beach holidays in Dorset with us on our Twitter or Facebook pages.
Chesil Beach is a unique geological marvel, stretching for 18 miles from Portland to Abbotsbury and made up of pebbles and flint. Its striking appearance has made it an iconic feature of the coastline, and it was recently used as the setting for Ian McKewan’s best-selling novel On Chesil Beach.
The Durdle Door arch is one of the most recognisable and oft-photographed sights in the entire UK. It is adjoined by a small pebble beach which is popular with swimmers and makes a great spot for an afternoon picnic under the shadow of the arch.
Weymouth has been a popular tourist destination for hundreds of years, mostly because of the town’s wonderful sandy beach. It was the favoured holiday spot of King George III, who came regularly to paddle in the sea for the salubrious qualities of the water. A word of warning – this beach gets very busy in the summer holidays, so make sure you get there early to secure a good spot for your towel!
Right in our own backyard, Charmouth Beach is a good mix of sand, pebbles and fossils. It has ample nearby parking, is a safe place for swimming, and occasionally offers good conditions for surfing. The beach is bisected into two halves by the River Char, with the East beach most popular with families and the West beach the one frequented by fossil hunters.
The Sun Always Shines on Dorset
Dorset is one of the sunniest parts of the UK, with long hot summers and fairly little rain. Anyone who heads to Dorset beaches in the summer is strongly urged to pack their sun cream, because without it you are likely to turn a deep lobster-red after a day lying out in the sun!