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Walking dogs on beaches

Find out when and where you can walk dogs on beaches in Dorset.

Parish councils or private land owners may additionally impose dog walking restrictions. For more information on dog walking in Dorset, visit the  Dorset Dogs website (opens in a new window) or see our Dog walking in Dorset page.

View a map of dog friendly beaches

Abbotsbury

BeachWhen dogs are allowed
Chesil Bank & Fleet Lagoon Nature ReserveAll year round

Bournemouth

BeachWhen dogs are allowed
Border with Poole to Groyne 3 (Alum Chine beach office)1 May to 30 September
Groynes 5 to 7 (Middle Chine to Durley Chine)1 May to 30 September
Groynes 32 to 41 (Fisherman's Walk to Southbourne)1 May to 30 September
Groyne 45 to Hengistbury Head1 May to 30 September

Find out more information on Bournemouth Beach dog friendly zonesor call the Beach Office on 01202 451781.

Bridport

BeachWhen dogs are allowed
Burton Bradstock Beach1 October to 30 April
Burton Bradstock East BeachAll year round
West Bexington BeachAll year round in restricted area
Eype BeachAll year round
West Bay1 October to 30 April (dogs allowed in the port on a lead from 1 May to 1 October)
Cogden BeachAll year round

More information can be found on the West Dorset dog warden page.

Christchurch

BeachWhen dogs are allowed
Avon Beach and Friars Cliff Beach1 October to 30 April
Highcliffe Beach All year round (no dogs between Groynes H4 and H8 from 1 May to 30 September)
Mudeford SandbankAll year round
Gundimore BeachAll year round
Between the wave wall at end of Friars Cliff Beach and Groyne H4 at Highcliffe BeachAll year round

More information can be found on the beaches in Christchurch page..

Lyme Regis

BeachWhen dogs are allowed
Lyme Regis front beach1 October to 30 April
Monmouth BeachAll year round
Cobb GateAll year round
East BeachAll year round
Charmouth West Beach1 October to 30 April (1 May - 30 September dogs are allowed on leads from the bridge at the end of the prom westwards towards Lyme Regis)
Charmouth East Beach1 September to 30 June (no dogs in July and August between 10am-6pm)
Seatown Beach30 September to 30 April

More information can be found on the West Dorset dog warden page.

Poole

BeachWhen dogs are allowed
Main beaches1 October to 30 April
Branksome DeneAll year round
Sandbanks Beach (west end)All year round

Purbeck

BeachWhen dogs are allowed
Studland beachesVarious restrictions apply - for further information download the  Purbeck Beach Guide (pdf, 29kb) (opens in a new window)
KimmeridgeAll year round
Worbarrow BayAll year round
Lulworth CoveAll year round
Durdle DoorAll year round
Man O' War BeachesAll year round
Swanage Central Beach1 October to 30 April
Monkey Beach (by the old stone quay, close to the pier)All year round

Find more information about Purbeck beaches.

Swanage

BeachWhen dogs are allowed
Swanage Central Beach1 October to 30 April
Monkey Beach (by the old stone quay, close to the pier)All year round

Find out more information on Swanage beaches (opens in a new window).

Weymouth

BeachWhen dogs are allowed
Greenhill Groyne to Overcombe and Bowleaze CoveAll year round
Greenhill Groyne to Weymouth Pavilion end of the beach1 November to Good Friday
Dog exercise area (Weymouth Pavilion end of the beach)All year round

More information about dogs control on Weymouth Beach and surrounding areas can be found in the Weymouth and Portland Responsible Dog Owners Guide. (pdf, 2Mb) (opens in a new window).

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