With an abundance of coastal walks, the Jurassic Coast is a great place to walk your dog, but what about visiting the beaches? Not every beach is welcoming all year around, some have restrictions and others are happy for you and your furry friends to enjoy to their heart’s content!

Here are some of our top suggestions for dog friendly beaches to explore in 2024.

Lyme Regis

One of the top locations around the Jurassic Coast, there are several dog friendly beaches around the town to enjoy, including Monmouth Beach, East Cliff Beach and Church Cliff Beach which are all open to dogs all year around. The main beach does allow dogs on a lead, but only between October and April.

Durdle Door

The beach at Durdle Door is dog friendly all year around. You do have to go down quite a few steps, which your dog might struggle with, but if they’re up for it, it’s a lovely beach for digging, chasing sticks and playing games once you’re there.

West Bay

You might recognise it as the town of Broadchurch from the hit ITV drama, but don’t worry your dogs won’t be dragging David Tennant around the beach. The central beach has restrictions during the summer, check local signage for the latest updates, but you can find quieter beaches a little further along that are open to dogs all year around.


Over the border into Devon you’ll find the Regency town of Sidmouth. There are two main beaches to be found here, with the main town beach having restrictions between May and September, but dogs are allowed all year on Port Royal Beach which is at the eastern end of the promenade. Jacobs Ladder beach also has restrictions between May and September. Make sure to check the local signage for the exact dates and to see details of the restricted areas.


The cute village of Beer is a lovely spot to visit while wandering around the South West Coast Path and dogs are welcome on the eastern half of the beach all year around. There are restrictions on the western half for the summer months, but the areas are clearly marked.

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