The Jurassic Coast has some of the most beautiful landscapes in the UK with natural arches, limestone cliffs and steep cliffs. Here are 6 beautiful Dorset Coastal Walks 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 Coastal Walks 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 Walks .
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1 – OLD CREATURES ROCKS
The Old Harry Rocks once had two white limestone stones proudly standing east of Dorset Coastal Walks Coast. 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 beauty of the natural environment in the area. 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
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
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 high above the sea, cows graze in lush green meadows – a dining room in an enviable location. Secret beaches appear tucked into coves and the waves of vertical cliffs extend into the distance. There is nowhere else quite like it.
Remarkably this Jurassic Coast walk is also easy. Start at Lulworth Cove and explore the folded limestone rocks of Stair Hole. Then head over the cliffs to photograph the arch at Durdle Door, one of England’s most iconic landmarks. From here you can stroll the sands of Man O’War beach or head even higher over the mighty crags of Bats Head. It’s a great few hours.
4 – BOWLEAZE COVE TO SMUGGLERS IN
If your favourite walks involve a country pub lunch in the middle, like some of the fantastic hikes in the Cotswolds, then this is for you. This lovely walk rises over cliffs and down to beaches as it undulates through a very fine section of the Jurassic Coastal path between Bowleaze Cove and Osmington Mills.
It may not have the drama of Durdle Door or the towering limestone rocks at Old Harry but it does have our favourite local pub. Nestled beautifully between two cliffs in the tiny village of Osmington Mills, The Smugglers Inn is packed with character and feels miles from anywhere. Grab a locally brewed pint, recharge on traditional English pub food and contemplate the journey back.
Begin the walk at the perfectly named Lookout Café just above Bowleaze Cove and follow the southwest coastal path for 2.7 miles to Osmington Mills. This Dorset coastal walk takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes (one way) and return is via the same route. You can find all the information you need here.
5 – WEST BAY TO HIVE BEACH CAFE
We expected to be impressed by Durdle Door and Old Harry Rocks, but the cliffs of West Bay came as an unexpected surprise. The faces of the cliffs look like ripples on a lake and, being sandstone rather than limestone, their golden colour gleams in the early morning or late afternoon light.
You can just park at the East Bay car park in West Bay and take a look, but it’s better to include them on a circular walk to Burton Bradstock and back. The loop begins at West Bay, heads across a golf course and fields before passing through Burton Bradstock. The hike finishes by dropping into the charming Hive Beach cafe. Recharge on local fish on the decked terrace before heading back along the cliffs to West Bay.
This circular Jurassic Coast walk is 5 miles, takes about 2 hours. Most of it is across undulating hills but there are a couple of short, but quite steep ascents, which require a bit of puff. You can find more detailed information here.
6 – GOLDEN CAP
Difficulty – Medium-Hard | Distance – 7.2 kilometres (4.5 miles) round trip; 3.8 kilometres (2.4 miles) there and back | Time – 3 hours | Our Tip: If it has rained, wear walking boots and be particularly careful coming down.
If like us, you have to get to the top of something, then this Dorset Coastal walk is for you. Golden Cap is the highest cliff on the south coast standing at 191m (627 feet). While it’s not the adrenaline hit induced by some of our favourite scrambles in the Lake District, from this position, it nonetheless towers above the surrounding countryside. As a result, the views from the top are expansive.
Sea cliffs disappear off in each direction backed by a patchwork quilt of green fields. The view eastwards towards Thorncombe Beacon towering over the golden shingle beach used to be particularly lovely, but in 2021 a large landslide carved a massive gash in the cliffs.
The path up Golden Cap begins at the car park by the sea in Seatown. It’s just over 1 mile rising to the summit but the steep path will take you about 40 minutes. At the top you have a choice to head back the way you came or complete a loop passing through Stanton St. Gabriel and Langdon Lane.