Dogs at Studland Bay

A well behaved dog at Studland | National Trust Images/James Dobson

We welcome dogs all year round, but to make sure everyone enjoys themselves, please keep your dog on a lead of 2m or less between 1 May and 30 September.

From 1 October to 30 April dogs can be walked on any beach off the lead but please respect others – see doggie do’s, below.

Knoll Beach Café

Well behaved dogs are welcome in the outside seating area at the café where there are shelters, water bowls, dog ties and shade. Please make sure your dog does not disturb other customers.

Doggie do's

  • Do keep to the paths: heathland is home to ticks and adders and your dog will be safer on the path. If your dog is bitten by an adder, visit the vet immediately.
  • Do respect other visitors and keep your dog in sight: not everyone loves dogs, so before letting your best friend approach other people, please check with them first.
  • Do bag it and bin it: there are bins for dog waste in every car park and one at the beginning of the dog walk. Please do not bag and then leave your dog waste in this special place, it can be very harmful to local wildlife.
  • Do protect nesting birds on heathland: rare birds nest on or near the ground so please keep your dog on a short lead when on the heath between March and July.
  • Do keep your dog on a lead near cliffs: every year dogs fall from the cliffs and some are fatally injured. Please don’t let your dog become a casualty.
  • Do keep your dog safe in hot weather: never leave your dog in the car when temperatures rise. There are water bowls available at Knoll Beach, Middle Beach and South Beach.
You’ll find more information on enjoying the coast and countryside with your dog at the Dorset Dogs website.
Old Harry Rocks, Dorset

Old Harry Rocks walk

Breathtaking views of the Jurassic coast and unique rock formations await you on this circular walk.