Dorset is a dog-loving county and welcomes four-legged visitors to most beaches, cafes, pubs and restaurants. However, while a few beaches in and around Swanage and Purbeck allow dogs all year round it’s good to know that most beaches have a restriction on certain beaches, or sections of beach, between 1 May and 30 September.

We’ve compiled a handy reference guide for your pooch to help you pick the best beach for a day of frolicking in the water:

All year round

  • Monkey Beach, Swanage
  • North Beach, Swanage
  • Durdle Door
  • Man O’ War Bay
  • Warbarrow Bay
  • Kimmeridge Bay
  • Lulworth Cove

May – September on a lead

May – September ban

  • Central Beach, Swanage