Dorset

Beaches in Dorset

With its rolling countryside views, Jurassic Coast and endless family attractions, Dorset offers some of the very best coastal camping holidays.

Dorset boasts nearly 100 miles of coastline, ranging from long, sparkling ribbons of sand with traditional family entertainment, to tiny secluded coves hidden away by steep cliffs and rocky crags. It's perhaps best-known for its protected Jurassic Coast, which not only offers mile upon mile of happy fossil-hunting ground for budding paleontologists, but also glorious clifftop walks along the winding South West Coast Path.

The Camping and Caravanning Club has 3 campsites within easy reach of Dorset's coastline, offering a superb camping holiday by the beach in one of the UK's best-loved counties. Find out more about the best local beaches, and where to camp, below.

Beaches near Charmouth Club Campsite, Dorset
Seatown, Bournemouth

Closest to the campsite is Charmouth Beach, an attractive sand and shingle affair split in half by the mouth of the River Char. The eastern part of the beach is popular with families who enjoy its lovely deep sands, while the west, which stretches away for a mile and a half from the mouth of the river, is a haven for fossil-hunters with its rocks and cobbles.

Of course, the Jurassic Coast and the pebbly beaches around Lyme Regis are renowned for their fossilised treasures, with ammonites and tiny remains of sea creatures scattered amongst the sand and shingle. Both Cobb Beach and Church Beach at Lyme Regis are great spots to look for prehistoric remnants along the foreshore, while the steep shingle beach at Seatown Beach (pictured) near Chideock is another popular spot for fossilling, as well as shore fishing.

Walkers will love Ringstead Bay near West Bexington, based on the famous South West Coast Path, while National Trust members can enjoy free parking at Hive Beach near Burton Bradstock - a lovely ribbon of sloping sand stretching for just over a mile, overlooked by farmland and cliffs. Finally, don't miss the attractive West Bay beach at Bridpost Harbour, which boasts generous sweeping sands backed by large sandstone cliffs.

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Dog Friendly (all year)
Suitable Disabled Access
Toilets Nearby
Car Park
Drive From Club Site (minutes)
Full Listing
Charmouth - West

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Charmouth - East

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Lyme Regis - Cobb


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Seatown

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West Bay

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Lyme Regis - Church Beach

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Hive Beach, Burton Bradstock


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Ringstead Bay
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About Charmouth Club Campsite

CharmouthSurrounded by the coppices, woods and rolling hills of Dorset's glorious countryside, Charmouth Club campsite is an ideal place from which to enjoy some of the South West's most beautiful landscapes. The beaches of Lyme Regis on the Jurassic Coast and its famous fossil-hunting shorelines are within a short drive of the site.

Hikers and four-legged friends alike will appreciate Charmouth's proximity to the South West Coast Path, which stretches the entire length of the Jurassic Coast. Determined walkers can use Charmouth campsite as a comfortable base from which to complete the trail over several days. Or simply enjoy a relaxing amble along the famous clifftop trail, soaking up its soul-stirring views and discovering its ancient heritage.

The campsite itself is spacious, with 150 pitches in a well-maintained environment including its own shop selling local produce, a laundry, children's play area and local dog walks.

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Beaches near Moreton Club Campsite, Dorset
Durdle Door, Dorset

No coastal camping holiday in Dorset is complete without a visit to Durdle Door. Sitting pretty on the Jurassic Coast near Lulworth and just a 20-minute drive from Moreton Campsite, this shingle beach is a real beauty, backed by spectacular grassy cliffs that drop steeply to a lovely sweeping bay with clean clear shores. Yet it's probably best appreciated from the clifftop, as this is where you can enjoy the best views of Durdle Door itself (pictured) - a natural limestone arch jutting out into the sea, gradually carved by crashing waves over thousands of years.

The beach at Durdle Door is only accessible on foot via a steep path and steps from the hill from Lulworth Cove, or from the pay and display car park. Dogs are allowed onto the beach, and a small shop and toilets, including facilities for disabled visitors, can be found at the nearby holiday park between March and October.

Nearby Lulworth Cove, a half-hour walk away along the South West Coast Path (or a 5-minute drive) is another spectacular beauty spot along Dorset's Jurassic Coast. Here, a magnificent shell-shaped bay has been whittled out of the coastline, fringed by a narrow band of shingle and offering superb scenery. Steps at the eastern end lead to Fossil Forest and Mupe Bay, while the local Heritage Centre offers plenty of information about the area and the Jurassic Coast. The village has plenty of facilities including shops, toilets and places to eat, and there is also a large car park (fee payable).

For a completely different beach experience, head to Bowleaze Cove near Weymouth. This small shell-and-shingle beach is popular with families and is a great place for rockpooling at low tide, with superb views over Weymouth. The best views are found from the South West Coast Path, which offers a magnificent vista of the White Horse of Osmington Hill. Bowleaze is home to the Fantasy Island Funfair - a popular theme park with amusements, an arcade and children's rides.

Whilst you're near Weymouth, be sure to pay a visit to nearby Lodmoor Beach. Backed by the Lodmoor RSPB Nature Reserve, this pretty shingle beach is quieter than many others around Weymouth and has a lovely rural feel. It's a great spot for watersports and is popular with swimmers, thanks to its calm clean waters, and is just a mile or so from Weymouth town centre with its many shops, cafes and amenities.

Beach Name
Dog Friendly (all year)
Suitable Disabled Access
Toilets Nearby
Car Park
Drive From Club Site (minutes)
Full Listing
Bowleaze Cove
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Durdle Door - East
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Durdle Door - West
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Lulworth Cove


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Weymouth - Lodmoor


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About Moreton Club Campsite

MoretonOccupying a beautiful rural location within easy reach of Dorset's stunning Jurassic Coast, our Moreton Campsite is the perfect spot for a relaxing camping holiday by the coast.

You've got some of the best coastal landmarks on your doorstep, including the distinctive Durdle Door and the crescent-shaped Lulworth Cove, which looks - and feels - like a remote Mediterranean bolthole. Weymouth is an easy drive away too, with its family-friendly beaches and fun entertainment that makes for a memorable day by the seaside.

And when you fancy swapping the coast for the countryside, our Moreton Campsite is surrounded by Dorset's famous and far-reaching heath and downland, speckled with picturesque villages and historic ruins. In short, this is a simply magical place for a Dorset camping holiday by the coast.

Moreton Campsite itself is well-equipped with 120 pitches and excellent facilities, including two amenity blocks, a family shower room, clean toilets, laundry and washing up facilities, and a small children's play area. There are plenty of local walks and dogs are welcome at the site, so you can bring your four-legged friend on holiday with you.

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Beaches near Corfe Castle Club Campsite, Dorset
Swanage, Bournemouth

Closest to Corfe Castle campsite is the Harbour Lake beach of Poole, known as Rockley Sands - a small beach with plenty going on in the way of water activities and local entertainment. It's just over 6 miles away from the campsite, as is the award-winning coast of Studland with the lovely sands of Knoll Beach and Shell Bay. Also nearby is the family-friendly Swanage beach (pictured) on Horsecliff Lane, a sheltered bay with gently sloping sands and a promenade, guarded by superb chalk headlands on either side.

Tucked inside a protected headland on St Oswald's bay is the lovely Lulworth Cove, a pretty croissant-shaped beach surrounded by dramatic cliffs, while nearby the shingly Durdle Door - home to the famous and much-photographed Durdle Door Arch - is a superb sweeping bay with plenty of local facilities, sheltered coves and beauty spots.

Beach Name
Dog Friendly (all year)
Suitable Disabled Toilets
Toilets Nearby
Car Park
Drive From Club site (minutes)
Full Listing
Studland - Knoll Beach

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Studland - Shell Bay

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Swanage - Central

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Poole - Harbour Lake
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Lulworth Cove


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Durdle Door - East
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About Corfe Castle Club Campsite

Corfe CastleWind the clock back over 1,000 years and feel history come to life at the magnificent Corfe Castle, an ancient Royal palace partly reduced to ruins during the English Civil War. This National Trust monument is an easy 15-minute walk from our Corfe Castle campsite, situated at the foot of the Purbeck Hills in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which offers wonderful walking and exploring opportunities.

There is a superb array of beaches within a short distance of the campsite including Blue Flag stunners and family-friendly bays, not to mention ample tearooms and friendly pubs - the perfect way to round off a classic Dorset camping holiday. The tree-lined campsite itself is a pleasant, well-appointed spot with its own shop, a family shower room and a wet room for disabled visitors.

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