Highlights of the Burton Bradstock coast and countryside

A guide to the highlights of a visit to Burton Bradstock, from bracing coastal walks and views of the Jurassic Coast, to tasty treats at the award-winning café.

A busy scene at Hive Beach on a sunny day in the summer holidays

Hive Beach

Hive beach is great for families and dogs are welcome throughout the year. There's ample parking (free for members) and a warm welcome is guaranteed from our friendly team. Admire the dramatic cliffs from a safe distance (please take note of all safety signage), and enjoy a refreshing dip in the sea. Or you could even try a spot of angling.

A footpath in the unspoilt countryside just inland of Burton Bradstock

Circular walks

Burton Bradstock is surely best explored on foot. We've created two circular walking trails at Burton Bradstock and adjoining Cogden. Both include sections of the South West Coast Path and have route highlights for you to discover along the way.

Pink thrift growing in the shingle at Cogden near Burton Bradstock

Cogden beach

A short way eastwards along Chesil Beach, you will find Cogden - an unspoilt shingle beach backed by attractive farmland. It's a popular spot with anglers and home to a wide variety of beautiful coastal flowers and other wildlife. Parking is available at the roadside at the top of the hill (a short walk uphill from the beach, free for members).

People sitting at outdoor tables on the terrace at Hive Beach Cafe on a sunny day

Hive Beach Café

There's a real buzz about the family-friendly Hive Beach Café. You'll be hard pushed to find a more scenic place to enjoy top-notch local seafood, a tasty brunch or an ice cream. This award-winning café's outdoor seating takes full advantage of the amazing views. Or pop inside for a hot chocolate after a bracing coastal walk.

Looking east along the Jurassic Coast from Burton Bradstock

Jurassic Coast

Hive Beach is part of the Jurassic Coast, Britain's only natural World Heritage Site. The Jurassic Coast covers 95 glorious miles that record 185 million years of the earth's history. Burton cliff displays the Bridport sands rock formations to dramatic effect and offers far-reaching views along the 18 miles of Chesil Bank.