At 630 miles, the South West Coast Path is Britain's longest national trail and is easily the most dramatic. You can follow it from Burton Bradstock east towards Portland. Look out for Second World War defensive structures, such as pillboxes. Heading west, you'll find the bustling resort of West Bay and the unspoilt Golden Cap Estate. For a shorter stroll, why not try one of our downloadable circular trails?
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- Create some wild art - make a seaside sculpture from pebbles and driftwood
- Go on a walk barefoot - springy grass, smooth pebbles, cool sea, a sole sensation
- Fly a kite - the grassy slope above the beach is an ideal spot
- Catch a fish with a net - what will you find in yours?
- Skim a stone - a fun seaside sport all year round
On calmer days, Hive Beach is a great place for stronger swimmers to take a bracing dip in the briny. The beach shelves steeply and there's often a strong current near the shore, so care should be taken.
There is no lifeguard service but you can keep up with the local coast news on Lyme Bay Coastwatch.
The beach is popular with local and visiting sea anglers hoping to hook a variety of species, with mackerel the main draw in the summer. You can fish from the shore or launch your kayak and try your luck in deeper water.
We welcome fishing but ask you to respect fellow beach users by keeping away from the busy area in front of the café. Please use the area to the left of the beach, towards Cogden, and take all litter home with you.
Taking time to notice your surroundings is one of the best ways to unwind. There's no shortage of fantastic wildlife to admire here, particularly in spring and summer: birds, butterflies, wildflowers, impressive anthills.
Why not bring your binoculars and a trusty spotter's guide on your next visit, and see what you can spot?