Top 10 Places For A Dog Paddle Near Durdle Door

There are so many wonderful dog friendly walks on our doorstep at Durdle Door Holiday Park. So when you’re looking for somewhere to take your furry friends for a swim, here are some places where they can dip their paws in the water on a hot day….


  1. Lulworth Cove ~ Dogs are permitted on the left hand side of the slipway year round. Refreshments are available from The Boat Shed Café, at the water’s edge. You can even treat them to a dog’s ice cream from Lulworth Cove Ice Cream Parlour!

2. Durdle Door and Man O’War Bay ~ both of these Instagram-worthy beaches are dog friendly year round. The pebbles make great toys to throw into the water for your dogs to chase after!

3. Worbarrow Bay ~ An isolated shingle beach in a wonderful setting. It is only accessible by foot. Parking is 1 mile away. Due to military firing, this beach is occasionally closed. Please check that it is open before you travel to avoid disappointment. Dogs allowed. No refreshment facilities. Toilets by the car park. Take road signs to Tyneham (when the Ranges are open) Lulworth access times – GOV.UK (

4. Ringstead ~ A tranquil National Trust pebble beach with lovely views across the Jurassic Coast to Portland.  The beach is reached either from a small National Trust car park with vehicle height limit above Southdown Farm (free but quite a long walk down to beach) or the private car park at Ringstead. There is also parking available in the village (pay and display). Toilets and parking via a toll road. Set SATNAV to DT3 6HJ. Dogs welcome all year, off lead.

Lulworth Cove aerial shot

Lulworth Cove is dog friendly year round

If you would like to explore a little further away to find a nice sandy beach, here are some ideas…                   


5. Swanage ~ Dogs are welcome on central Swanage beach between 1st October – 30th April each year. Outside of this time, visitors with dogs should use nearby ‘Monkey Beach’, which is situated by the Stone Quay next to the pier. Monkey Beach is dog friendly year round.

6. Weymouth ~ Dogs are allowed in most public areas including the Esplanade providing they are kept on a lead, in certain recreation grounds and areas around them dogs are not allowed so just look out for the signs.

Dogs are excluded from Greenhill Groyne to the pavilion end of the beach from 1st May to 30th September, there is a dog exercise area at the pavilion end of the beach which has no restrictions all year round.

7. Studland Beaches ~ Dogs are welcome all year; 1st October – 30th April there are no restrictions. Between 1st May and 30th September to make sure everyone enjoys themselves, please keep your dog on a lead of less than 2m on South Beach, Middle Beach and the southern part of Knoll Beach between 1 May and 30 September.

man o war bay

Dogs will love swimming in the crystal clear waters on the Jurassic Coast

If your pooch prefers a river walk or freshwater swim instead of the salty sea…


8. Wareham ~ Wareham Common is a nice stroll and your furry pal can have a dip in the river Piddle or Trent. Drive down past Wareham Hospital to the very bottom on the right-hand side you can access the walk there. Postcode BH20 4QQ

Wareham Quay is also worth a visit. You can take a stroll along the river Frome on the tow path or watch the world go by sat outside the Quay Inn.

9. The Throop Loop ~ A fabulous short one-mile round trip walk from the hamlet of Throop to Turners Puddle and returning via a different path to Throop. 99% off-road. In that short distance there are four great places for a paddle or a swim in the River Piddle! Roadside parking at postcode DT2 7JD

10. Moreton Ford ~ If you’re looking for a picturesque setting to walk your dog, Moreton is a hidden gem. Follow the road from the village to the ford and spend some time enjoying the river setting. Dogs can splash and swim as you take in the stunning scenery, before completing a longer walk through the forest, all the way to Bovington (home of the Tank Museum) if you wish. Postcode DT2 8RJ

Of course, let’s not forget that you can bring your dogs on holiday with you to explore all this and more. Durdle Door Holiday Park offers fabulously dog friendly holidays on the Jurassic Coast.               

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