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Spectacular coastline with cliffs and miles of unspoilt beaches

Burton Bradstock is one of the main gateways to the Jurassic Coast and the South West Coast Path.

The estate is easy to access and offers spectacular cliff-top views along the many varied and picturesque coastal walks.

Hive Beach is a popular family destination, made up of shingle, surrounded by spectacular sandstone cliffs. It forms part of the larger Chesil Beach; a striking section of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site and the largest shingle ridge in the world.

Nearby, Burton Cliff offers one of the finest examples of the distinctive, alternate hard and soft layered geology of this Bridport Sands area, which make it appear to glow bright gold in the sunlight.

When you need a break, come and sample the delights on offer at the Hive Beach Café. This local seafood restaurant sits on the shingle beach of Chesil Bank where you can savour some of the best views of the Dorset coastline.

Love our coast

The Coastal Festival: celebrating our 300 miles of spectacular coast in the South West, with over 200 events and £1 million to raise (in order to care for the coast for just one year.)

Here in West Dorset, our current coastal fundraising project is habitat restoration at Ringstead Bay.

Dog walking

Enjoy a spectacularly scenic dog walk on the beach at Burton

Hive Beach is a dog-friendly place but please always clean up after your pet, keep it under control where livestock are grazing, and respect other beach users.

From 1 June until the end of September, restrictions apply but dogs are welcome on at least part of the beach all year round (see signage at the beach for more details).

Family day out

Why not turn your next day at the beach into a family adventure? You can tick off quite a few 50 things to do before you're 11¾ activities here.

We've created this handy map to show you what you can do where. Download a copy and bring it with you on your next visit.


Keep an eye out for wonderful wildlife all year round. Pied wagtails search for crumbs in the car park while flocks of starlings wheel overhead. Looking out to sea you might spot a dolphin. Be sure to admire the pink drifts of thrift or the white flowers of sea kale on the ground.

Beach safety

Please pay attention to all safety signs displayed on our beaches

We use large signs such as this one to warn visitors of the risk of rockfalls on this stretch of the Jurassic Coast. Unfortunately, severe weather destroyed the pictured sign, but please look out for all safety signs when visiting our beaches and do not walk or sit directly under the cliffs.

Places to stay

You'll want longer than a day to discover the delights of Burton Bradstock and explore the locations that played starring roles in Broadchurch and the recent Far from the Madding Crowd film (pictured.) Take your pick from our holiday accommodation in West Dorset, from cosy cottages to a luxurious villa.