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Dorset Beach Guide

Dorset’s coastline comes with some very impressive credentials!  The Jurassic Coast - the only natural UNESCO World Heritage site in England - encompasses most of the coastline, as does the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  

The rocks in the cliffs along the coast tell the story of 185 million years of Earth’s history and fossil hunting has been a popular activity here for over 200 years with collectors finds contributing to our understanding of both prehistoric life and geology.  Mary Anning, from Lyme Regis, was a well-known fossil hunter in the early 1800’s and her discoveries influenced Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution and changed scientific thinking.  

The coastline has famous natural landmarks such as Durdle Door (a limestone sea arch), Old Harry Rocks (chalk stacks and stumps), picturesque  Lulworth Cove and the most unusual Chesil Beach.  Chesil is a massive shingle structure - 17 miles long, up to 15m high and 200m wide.  However, as fascinating and beautiful as these landforms are, if you’re looking for Dorset beach huts, you’ll have to head elsewhere!  

There are many traditional seaside resorts to choose from including Lyme Regis, Weymouth, Swanage, Christchurch … and of course there’s glorious Pool Bay with the resorts of Bournemouth, Boscombe and Southbourne.  The beaches are predominantly golden sand and traditional activities such as Punch and Judy shows, donkey rides and sitting in deckchairs eating ice-creams all add to the fun. 

If you want more exclusivity, then head for stunning Sandbanks.  You need to be a millionaire to buy a house here, but beach hut hire is affordable to all!  

PROS

  • Great opportunities for fossil hunting - particularly at Charmouth and Lyme Regis
  • Award winning family beaches

CONS

  • Dogs not always permitted (or must be on a lead) - check before you go

Reviews for Dorset

4.9
Based on 56 reviews
Room
4.8
Value
4.8
Food
5.0
Service
4.9
Overall
4.9
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Was exactly as I had hoped. Very clean and tidy and the communication was all very efficient. Despite a few blips with the weather everything was excellent and may well do the same another year!

Happy Days (NO. 23)

Not only was this such a beautiful place to stay, Andrew, the owner was so incredibly helpful and welcoming. He made everything so easy and the hut had everything we needed. We cannot wait to go back again.

Peach Hut (NO. 160)

Such a wonderful time! Thank you for letting out your beautiful beach hut!

39a

We had a wonderful stay with our kids in this beautiful brand new hut. It was smart, clean and spacious inside and cosy and snug at night with a stunning view of the harbour in the evening with a fabulous sunset. We will be back!

260

Quick and easy to book, Haley was a great host offering lots of helpful information and the beach hut had everything we needed it was a great choice, thank you.

Hut 66

The beach hut had everything we needed - overall a really lovely experience

180

Great hut in prime location. Hut has everything you need and is located near toilets, fresh water and food and drink outlets.

25 B

Well equipped and in a good position, easily assessable. Friendly and helpful owner.

The Beach Snug (NO. 109)

Lovely cute double aspect Hut . Owner was very helpful and easy to deal with . Hut has beautiful views of the sea . Near toilet block . Will definitely book again ! Maria

407
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