Dog Friendly Beaches

The Jurassic Coast is the perfect location to explore with your canine companion. There are plenty of dog friendly beaches you can use, whatever the time of year. See the list below for seasonal restrictions. Dogs are allowed on the entire South West Coast Path and there many stunning coastal walks you can enjoy together. Be sure to look after your dog’s safety, especially near cliff edges.

Bridport Area

Burton Bradstock
Burton Bradstock Beach-no dogs between 1 May and 30 September, except on East Beach.

Cogden Beach, Burton Bradstock
Dogs welcome at all times

Eype Beach
Dogs welcome at all times

West Bay
No dogs between 1st May and 1st October except in the port area where they must stay on a lead.

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

Charmouth and Lyme Regis Area

Charmouth – East Beach
No dogs between 10am – 6pm during July and August

Charmouth – West Beach
No dogs between 1st May and 30th September, as far as the bridge at the end of the prom, from which point dogs are allowed on leads westwards towards Lyme Regis.

Lyme Regis – Main Beach
Between 1st May and 3oth September no dogs on Lyme Regis’s front beach and on dog leads for the rest of year.

Lyme Regis – Monmouth Beach, Cobb Gate and East Beach
Dogs welcome at all times.

East Devon Area

Dogs welcome from October to April.

Budleigh Salterton
Dogs are banned from the main beach from 1st May to 30th September but are welcome on the beach adjacent to the Lime Kiln car park in the east and at Steamer Steps to the west all year.

No dogs on west side of the beach between 1st May – 30th September. The East beach has a “dogs on leads” policy but this is only as far as the last beach hut and down to the high tide line.

Dogs are allowed on the whole beach from 30th of September to the 30th April. They are allowed on the last stretch of beach at the very end of Queens Drive all year round. There are lots of signposts to tell you which part it is.

No dogs between 1st May – 30th September on the main beach (between Castle Hill and River Axe)

Dogs are welcome all year on a small area at the east end of the beach but are not permitted on the main beach between the 1st May and the 30th September.


You can download a map of the restricted areas here: East Devon Beaches Dog Restricitions

See an interactive map of restricted areas on the East Devon District Council website.

Purbeck Area

Archie at Durdle Door
Archie enjoying himself at Durdle Door

Durdle Door
Dogs welcome at all times

Dogs welcome at all times

Lulworth Cove
Dogs welcome at all times

Man O’ War Cove
Dogs welcome at all times

Dogs are welcome all year but from 1st May to 30th September they must be kept on a 2 meter lead on all beaches.

No Dogs from 1 May to 30 September on the main beach, but dogs are welcome to use Monkey Beach which is located by the old stone quay, close to the pier.

Worbarrow Bay
Dogs welcome at all times

More information about facilities at Purbeck beaches.

Weymouth and Portland Area

Abbotsbury – Chesil Bank & Fleet Lagoon Nature Reserve
Dogs welcome at all times

Bowleaze Cove
Dogs welcome at all times

Church Ope Cove, Portland
Dogs welcome at all times

Dogs welcome at all times

West Bexington
Dogs welcome at all times within a restricted area

No dogs on main beach between Good Friday and 31 October. Dogs permitted all year round within an allocated dog exercise area at the Pavilion end of the beach. For more information and a map of restrictions in Weymouth town see the Weymouth Dog Owners Guide 2016.


Should your dog require medical attention whilst visiting the Jurassic Coast there are number of vets in Dorset that can offer emergency appointments.