Activities you can enjoy at Burton Bradstock

The beach, coast path and miles of footpaths through unspoilt countryside make Burton Bradstock an ideal place to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities.

Spaniels running in a field at Cogden on a sunny day in the summer

Walking

The countryside surrounding Burton Bradstock is a haven for walkers with miles of footpaths to explore. Starting from our Hive Beach or Cogden car parks, you can follow a stretch of the South West Coast Path, walk on shingle and through wildlife-rich fields, or discover the unspoilt countryside inland. Looking for inspiration? Why not download one of these self-guided circular trails.

Runner on the South West Coast Path, Studland, Dorset

Running

Why sweat it out on a treadmill in a gym when you can enjoy traffic-free running in the fresh air? For a beautiful but challenging training session, the undulating South West Coast Path awaits.

White, pink and yellow wildflowers on the shingle at Cogden

Watching wildlife 

The countryside here is teeming with wildlife, especially in the spring and summer months. Check out the wildlife page for more information, and see what you can identify on your next visit: birds and butterflies, flowers and fungi. Time to get closer to nature.

A young family sitting in the den they have built from branches and sticks

50 things activities

Calling all young (and young at heart) adventurers. You can complete almost half your 50 things to do before you're 11¾ challenges at Burton Bradstock. We've created this handy activity map to show you what you can do where.

Swimmers in the sea at Hive Beach

Swimming

Hive Beach is a shingle beach that's great for swimming on calmer days. It has its own National Trust car park for easy access and offers a peaceful alternative to its busier neighbour West Bay. Due to its shelving nature, care should be taken by weak swimmers and children as currents can be strong near the shore.

A mass of silver whitebait washed up on the shingle shore near Burton Bradstock

Fishing on the beach

Angling is extremely popular at Hive Beach, both for locals and tourists hoping to catch something tasty for the barbecue. Mackerel is a top catch (whitebait along the tide are a good clue of their presence). Other possible catch includes bass, cod and plaice depending on the time of year.