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Jurassic Beaches

Sidmouth

Long, mainly pebbly beach with sand at Jacobs Ladder to the west where you can find rock pools at low tide to explore. Wide traditional seafront gives way to the distinctive red hued Triassic cliffs.

Seaton

Wide seafront similar to Sidmouth. A long curve of pebbles is backed by a wide promenade. Sand at low tide.

Weston Mouth

Only accessible via footpath from the village of Weston. It is a peaceful and isolated beach. Isolated enough to be a popular beach for naturists. It is listed as one of nineteen nudist beaches in the UK.

Beer

Small , picturesque  cove. Against the cliffs are beach cafes serving everything from all day breakfasts to homemade cake. After you’ve had your fill, laze away the afternoon in one of the rows of deckchair while staring at the little fishing boats puttering into the horizon or drawn up on the pebbles. If you’re feeling particularly energetic, fishing trips leave from the sloping pebble beach.

Lyme Regis

There are three beaches. The main town beach, in front ofthe esplanade, is a steeply sloping pebble beach but shades into a fairly large expanse of golden sand near the Cobb Harbour. If you should find the odd croissant, it may be because the sand was recently imported from France. To the east and separate from the main beach is the smaller quieter Church Beach which is pebbly with sand at low tide. To the west, beyond the Cobb Harbour is Monmouth beach; its white flinty pebbles seem to reflect the light to give it an almost Mediterranean feel on a bright summers day. Low tide creates a paradise of rock pools for children to explore while an investment in a fossil hammer could give you your very own dinosaur to take home.
 

Charmouth

The long beach in Charmouth lies about a quarter of a mile from the village centre. It is a mix of shingle stone and sand divided by the river Char. Apart from beach activities there are fossils to look for as well as rock pools to explore at low tide. The Heritage Centre gives you a fascinating insight into the area and a has a cafe.
 

Seatown

Peaceful with shingle which shelves quite steeply.

West Bay

Two  wide shingle beaches East beach and West Beach, divided by a small harbour.

Hive Beach

Long clean sandy beach overlooked by cliffs and farmland. Strong point: the award-winning Hive Beach Cafe when hunger bites.
 

Chesil beach

An eighteen mile bank of pebbles which is one of the wonders of the natural world, currents and a steeply shelving beach make bathing unwise. Behind it lies the Fleet an enclosed area of brackish water now an areas of special scientific interest and the inspiration for the classic story, Moonfleet by J Meade Faulkner.

Weymouth

The Naples of Dorset certainly lives up to its name on a summer’s day. A beautiful azure sea curves away to the chalk cliffs of the Purbecks shimmering in the heat haze.

The fine sand is unequalled for sand castles (ask the sand sculptor who has a pitch on the beach).  The shallow water is perfect for toddlers...in fact it is the quintessential English resort with donkeys, swing boats and candy floss. It has a wide esplanade for promenading Its biggest blight, though, is the traffic  and parking is always at a premium so plan to get there early.

Ringstead

An unspoilt beach with just a few holiday bungalows and a tearoom. It is a wide curve of shingle beach good safe shallows. Once again lovely views of Portland and gentles walks on to the cliffs when you’ve finished frying yourself. Its eastern end tends to be used for discreet nude sunbathing.

Durdle Door

Two long shingle beaches are separated by the rocky outcrop of Durdle Door. Access is down a long path from the car park at the edge  of a caravan park and the nearest WC’s...avoid carry loading yourself with to many deckchairs etc...it’s a long haul back to the top!

Lulworth Cove

Like Durdle Door, Lulworth is an icon of the Purbecks. The beach forms an almost full circle broken by just a narrow entrance. It is mostly shingle and child friendly. Although it gets crowded where the road finishes, a short walk along the water’s edge will soon shake off the hoards.
 
Kimmeridge Bay

A long lane brings you to this wide cove backed by low cliffs. Rocky outcrops make it one of the best places for rock pooling. Constant activity surrounds the jetties as it is a popular destination for divers. There is a marine centre and WC. An ice cream van in the summer is the only source of food so you need to pack.
 
Swanage

Traditional holiday resort . A wide esplanade fronted by a  long, sandy beach perfect for children. Pedalo hire is available.