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Minterne House has been the home of the Churchill's and Digby's family for the last 350 years and now the seat of the 12th Lord Digby. It was rebuilt in 1905 by Leonard Stokes after the previous house was destroyed by dry rot. Minterne nestles in 1,300 acres of beautiful Dorset Countryside and is described by Simon Jenkins in his book ‘England’s 1,000 Best houses,’ as a “Corner of Paradise.”


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Tourist Information: Coastal Villages And Beaches
For more information on West Dorset beaches see - www.dorsetbeaches
and for latest information for dog access go to Dorset - Dogs on Beaches

Burton Bradstock 
       
3m south east of Bridport, B3157 Pretty village with shingle beach, and cliff walks. Beach café open in summer months. No dogs on beach from May to September but they are allowed on the cliff walks.

Charmouth
www.charmouth.org
3m east of Lyme Regis, A35. Hilly, coastal village with excellent cliff walks and fossil hunting. The Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre, right on the seafront, has regular displays and runs guided walks throughout the summer.
Dogs restricted access esepcially in high summer.

Chesil Beach        
One of the wonders of the English coastline stretching 15 miles from Portland to Burton Bradstock near Bridport - a steeply shelving bank of pebbles.The Fleet, an inlet strip of water visible so clearly from the top of Abbotsbury Hill, was the testing place for Barnes Wallis' Bouncing Bomb, used in the Dam Busters raid on Germany in World War II.
Dogs allowed at all times.

Durdle Door

Durdle Door and Man o'War Bay are two shingle beaches separated by the famous "door".
About 1km to the west of Lulworth Cove.
The rock formation called Durdle Door, is one of the most photographed and famous parts of Dorset's coastline.Although the beaches are popular with families, it takes a long walk to reach them and there is a steep descent down steps to arrive on the shingle, which may prove tricky for pushchairs and little legs. Care is needed when swimming as there is a steep underwater slope.
Cliff-top pay-and-display, entry through caravan park.
Dogs are allowed.

Eypes Mouth        
Steep shingle and pebbles. Good swimming. Short walk from parking. Nr Bridport off A35.
Beautiful gravel and sand beach backed by magnificent cliffs, including Golden Cap, the highest cliff on the south coast at 191m above sea level.
Dogs allowed all year although access may be restricted in summer.

Kimmeridge Bay        
This bay, south of Kimmeridge via a toll road, offers unspoilt countryside, clifftop parking, beach with safe bathing watersports., walks, Clavell's Tower, famous rocky ledges at low tide - and no commercialisation.
From the A351 south of Wareham follow signposts along minor roads to Kimmeridge. Park in the Kimmeridge Bay car park.
It is one of the best places in the country to go rock pooling. Dorset Wildlife Trust runs a marine centre which is open every day in summer – 01929 48104401929 481044.

Lulworth        
9m southwest of Wareham, B3070. Beautiful natural harbour. Teashops, heritage centre etc. Huge car park, very busy at peak times. Excellent walk (although quite hard work) to the famous Durdle Door, a 40ft rock arch in the sea (should not be missed!). Dogs on lead.

Lyme Regis    
Unspoilt seaside town hemmed in by hills. It is a narrow tangle of streets and shops leading down to the harbour with its famous Cobb, a curving stone wall made famous by the film The French Lieutenant's Woman. Golden Cap, east of the town is one of the highest points on the south coast at 626 feet. Sandy beach with safe bathing. No dogs May to end of September.

Sandbanks
Dogs Allowed    
Blue flag award winning beach in Poole. Special dog beach, park in car park at Sandbanks Hotel and dog beach is signposted to the right.

Seatown    
3m southwest of Bridport, off A35. Coastal village between cliffs, lovely pub, former fishing and smuggling centre.

Studland    
Access to Studland is either via the chain ferry from Poole and Sandbanks, the B3351 from Corfe Castle or Swanage via the Ulwell gap. Excellent unspoilt beach and nature reserve, part of which is naturist with clear delineation signs. In the village is the attractive church of St Nicholas with views across to the Isle of Wight and the Needles.

West Bay    
1m south of Bridport. Tiny old fashioned harbour, shingle and pebble beach, steep shelving. No dogs May to end September.

West Bexington
Dogs Allowed
Bay with steep shelving pebbles. Dogs allowed

Weymouth    
Sandy beach, safe bathing. Punch & Judy shows in the summer, childrens rides, pedalos, floats, rowing boats. Also good shopping area.
No dogs between May and the end of September.
Weymouth Beach is nationally renowned for its clean golden sand and shallow waters that make the beach ideal for families.
www.weymouth-dorset
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