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Couple walk beside the sea at Hive Beach, Dorset in spring
Visitors walking on Hive Beach | © National Trust Images / Chris Lacey

Coast and beaches in Dorset

There are miles of natural beautiful coastline in Dorset, spanning from the red stone of the Jurassic coast to the golden sandy beaches of Studland Bay. Find your favourite spot for beach games, sandcastles, watersports, walking or simply just relaxing.

Walkers on Knoll beach at Studland Bay, Dorset
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The beaches at Studland Bay 

Four miles of beautiful beaches line the sheltered waters of Studland Bay. The area is ideal for family beach trips and coastal walks.

Golden Cap Estate
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Golden Cap 

From a woodlands to hilltops and the Jurassic Coast, Golden Cap is full of variety. Discover the best parts of the estate and look out for rare orchids and dragonflies.

A dawn view of the rocky cliff edge and waves along Dancing Ledge, part of Spyway Farm, Dorset
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The coast at Spyway 

Discover towering sea cliffs, scramble down to Dancing Ledge, stride out on a walk along the South West Coast Path, and walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs.

View across the shingle and water to the cliff on the east side of the bay at Ringstead Bay, Dorset
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Ringstead Bay 

The beach, coast path and unspoilt countryside makes Ringstead Bay an ideal place to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities.

Couple walk beside the sea at Hive Beach, Dorset in spring
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Hive Beach 

From bracing coastal walks to views of the Jurassic Coast, a visit to Hive Beach has a number of highlights to look out for.

An aerial view of Brownsea Island, Dorset. Brownsea Island sits in the middle of Poole Harbour.
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Brownsea Island 

Brownsea Island is now closed and will re-open in the spring, 2024.

Poole, Dorset

Fully open today
An early morning view across Corfe Castle, Dorset in winter

Discover more in Dorset

Home to everything from an island, ancient coasts and hidden gems to a castle and a house inspired by an Italian palace.