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 are many stunning coastal Walks you can enjoy together.

Be sure to look after you and 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.

 

Seatown Beach

Dogs welcome from 1st October until 30th April.

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Eype Beach in West Dorset.

Charmouth and Lyme Regis Area

Charmouth

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

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

Dogs are allowed on East Cliff Beach, Church Cliff Beach and Monmouth Beach all year round. Dogs are only allowed on Town Beach from October to April, inclusive.

Dogs must also be kept on the lead at all times when using Marine Parade, Cart Road, Bell Cliff, the harbour, slipway and sea walls, entrance to Cobb Road, Ozone Terrace, entrance to the public car park and boat park, harbour wall, Cobb Gate car park, Gunn Cliff Walk, Church Cliff Walkway, and the steps leading from Church Cliff Walkway to Charmouth Road car park.

Lyme-Regis-promenade
The promenade in Lyme Regis, with the cliffs of Black Ven in the background.

East Devon Area

 

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.

 

Beer
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.

 

Exmouth
Dogs are allowed on the whole beach from 30th of September to the 1st of May. 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.

 

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

 

Sidmouth
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.

 

Restricted Areas Map

You can download a map of restricted areas here: East Devon Beaches Dog Restrictions.

Budleigh Salterton
Budleigh Salterton Esplanade. © Shirokazan - via Flickr.com

Purbeck Area

Durdle Door
Dogs welcome at all times.

 

Kimmeridge
Dogs welcome at all times.

 

Lulworth Cove
Dogs welcome at all times.

 

Man O’ War Cove
Dogs welcome at all times.

 

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

 

Swanage
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.

Archie the Jack Russell Terrier at Durdle Door, Dorset.

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.

 

Ringstead
Dogs welcome at all times.

 

West Bexington
Dogs welcome at all times within a restricted area.

 

Weymouth
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.

Weymouth Harbour
Weymouth Harbour. © Steve Belasco - jurassicphotographic.com

Vets

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