The DORSET COASTAL has some of the most beautiful landscapes in the UK with natural arches, limestone cliffs and steep cliffs. Here are 6 beautiful Dorset beach resorts to help you see the best.
The South West Coast route is one of Britain’s most impressive trails. Extended 630 miles southwest of the country, the trail covers everything from beautiful beaches to historic castles; tea cream in the country’s luxury bars.
A small section of the road (about 100 miles) consists of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast. Here, dense white cliffs plunge into the sea and highways for golden beaches line the English Channel making it one of the most beautiful in Britain.
The good news is that you don’t have to cross every 630 miles to get a taste of this amazing world. We have covered six Jurassic Coast areas that occupy the most beautiful land. Each is one to three hours long, not too heavy and makes for a great half day.
So grab your hiking boots, collect high cliff cliffs, take a natural stand, sample local ales and find local cafes with our favorite Dorset Coastal trek.
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1 – OLD CREATURES ROCKS
Difficulty – Easy | Distance – 6.2 km (3.9 miles) | Time – two hours | Our tip: Don’t stand too close to the cliffs when taking pictures.
The Old Harry Rocks once had two white limestone stones proudly standing east of DORSET COASTAL. Unfortunately, Old Harry’s Wife plunged into the sea in the late 19th century. Old Harry lives – he joined the other white monoliths now engraved on the beach. It is one of the most impressive coastal areas in the UK with shiny white cork stacks lined up as a puzzle waiting to be completed.
This rocky region from Studland Village along the shores of Old Harry is a great way to capture the splendor of a beautiful landscape. In addition, the grassy pastures near the rocks are teeming with exotic wildflowers and a multitude of butterflies.
The Jurassic Coast tour begins at a car park at Bankes Arms pub in Studyland. You can quickly walk from the bar to Old Harry Rocks and back (25 minutes each) or complete the loop with Ballard Point (two hours). You can find more information on the South West Coast Path website.
2 – ST ALDHEM’S CLIFFS IS GOING
Difficulty – Easy | Distance – 4.4 km (2.8 miles) | Time – 1 hour | Our Tip: Wear hiking boots as it can be muddy to walk in the fields.
St Aldhem’s Cliff walk passes through the rugged part of the Dorset coast that is badly visited. This is a good way to compliment the critical facts of the battered coast and leave a slightly stranded track.
Walking past the 13th week of St. Aldhelm also has some great views of the harbor carved into Chapman lake. As the road approaches the ridge, it also offers you an amazing view of the lower beaches with rocky outcrops.
Start the trip to St Aldhem from the parking lot west of Worth Matravers. Head south across the fields and bend to the west to go to church. Then there is a 200ft short descent and uphill followed by a cliff that follows a cliff and crosses another field before returning to the car park.
3 – LULWORTH COVER TO GO FULL DEPARTMENT
Difficulty – Easy | Distance – 2 km (1.25 miles) | Time – 30 minutes | Our tip: This walk can be very busy, try to arrive early or late to avoid crowds.
One of the many interesting facts about Great Britain is that we drink around 60 billion cups of tea a year. If you spend a lot of time getting acquainted, the tea rooms are cozy and you have time to go only once, this is one.
In an easy one-hour walk you will pass the long white cliffs; the stone monument of the famous Durdle Door and arcs of gold sweeping sand. It deserves its name as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
From above the sea, the cows graze on the green pastures – the dining room in a jealous place. Secret beaches appear to be enclosing the gates and waves of stagnant water that spread far and wide. There is no other place like it.
Significantly this DORSET COASTAL movement is also easy. Start at Lulworth Cove and explore the limestone stones wrapped around the Stair Hole. Then cross over the cliffs to capture the arch at Durdle Door, one of the most prominent landmarks in England. From here you can navigate the sands of the sea Man O’War or head high over the big rocks at Bats Head. It’s a nice few hours.
4 – BOWLEAZE COVE TO SMUGGLERS INN
Difficulty – Easy-Medium | Distance – 5.8 km (3.6 miles) | Time – two hours | Our tip: Don’t drink too much at the bar you can’t focus on ideas when you go back.
If your favorite trip includes a country lunch in the middle of nowhere, like some great hikes in the Cotswolds, then this is for you. This beautiful climb up the cliffs and down the beaches as it passes through the most beautiful part of the DORSET COASTAL road between Bowleaze Cove and Osmington Mills.
There may not be a Durdle Door drama or Old Harry Stones but it does have our favorite local scene. Well-located between two cliffs in the small town of Osmington Mills, the Smugglers Inn is full of character and feels a mile away from anywhere. Take a local-made paint, refresh traditional English food and think of a return trip.
Start the trek to Lookout Café named just above Bowleaze Cove and follow the southwest coast 2.7 miles to Osmington Mills. This trek along the coast of Dorset takes about an hour and 15 minutes (one way) and the return route takes the same route.
5 – WEST BAY FOR GETTING HIV CAFE CAFE
Difficulty – Average | Distance – 8.6 km (5.3 miles) | Time – 2,5 hours | Our tip: Make sure you take the time to walk on the beach under the cliffs.
We expected to be impressed by Durdle Door and Old Harry Rocks, but the West Bay cliffs came as a surprise. The surface of the rocks looks like cracks in the lake and, being a sandstone instead of limestone, their golden color shines very early in the morning or in the afternoon.
You can just park in the East Bay car park in West Bay and take a look, but it’s best to pack them in a round trip to Burton Bradstock and back. The loop starts in West Bay, straight across the golf course and in the fields before passing through Burton Bradstock. Climbing the mountain ends by crossing over to the beautiful cafe of Live Beach. Recharge the local fish to the tarmac before heading back and forth on the cliffs to West Bay.
This circular Jurassic Coast is about 5 miles, taking about two hours. Most of them cross hills that do not pass but are short, but very steep.
6 – GOLD SKIN
Difficulty – Moderate Weight | Distance – 7.2 km (4.5 miles) round trip; 3.8 km (2.4 miles) there and back | Time – three hours | Our Tip: If it is raining, wear walking boots and be careful not to go downhill.
If, like us, you have to get to the top of something, then this DORSET COASTAL tour is for you. Golden Cap is the highest rock on the south coast at 191m (627 feet). While not an adrenaline hit due to some of our favorite practices in the Lake region, from this position, yet in addition to the nearby countryside. As a result, views from above are increasing.
Rocks are disappearing on each side supported by dozens of lush fields. The east view of the Thorncombe Beacon high above the golden shingle coast has been particularly impressive, but by 2021 a massive landslide had engulfed large debris on the cliffs.
The road to Golden Cap starts at Seatown’s car park. It’s just over 1 mile to the summit but the steep path will take you about 40 minutes. In addition you can choose to go back the way you came or complete the loop passing through Stanton St. Gabriel and Langdon Lane.