A particularly scenic section of the South West Coast Path near Hive Beach

A particularly scenic section of the South West Coast Path near Hive Beach

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?

Downloadable trails

Swim or paddle

You’re never too old for a paddle

Hive Beach is a great place for stronger swimmers to take a bracing dip. The beach shelves steeply and there's often a strong current near the shore, so care should be taken. Not a sea swimmer? You're never too old to paddle and jump over the waves.

There is no lifeguard service but you can keep up with the local coast news on Lyme Bay Coastwatch.


A man and his dog fishing from a kayak at Hive Beach, Burton Bradstock

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.

Beach games

Beach volleyball

The beach volleyball net is back at Hive Beach this summer. There's no booking required, it's there on a first come first served basis.

Why not challenge your family and friends to a friendly game? A great way to work up an appetite for your picnic, or lunch at the café.

Available Sat-Wed, from 18 July.

50 things map

Want to know which 50 things to do before you're 11¾ activities you can complete here? Our handy 50 things activity map shows you exactly what you can do and where you can do it. Download it today and bring a copy with you on your next family visit.

50 things activities to try here

Balancing stones on Hive Beach, Burton Bradstock

Balancing stones on Hive Beach, Burton Bradstock

  • 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


Geocaching is a great way to get children exploring the outdoors

Geocaching is a great way to get children exploring the outdoors

Geocaching is an exciting outdoor adventure for the whole family - a treasure hunt for the digital generation. Enjoy the freedom of being outside and exploring the coast and countryside surrounding Burton Bradstock. All you need is a handheld GPS and a sense of fun. Most caches have a log book for you to leave a message in.

Wildlife watching

Get closer to nature at Burton Bradstock

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?