Some of our favourite Dorset Beaches

Some of our Beach favourites near Doles Ash Farm Holiday Cottages


Weymouth is a traditional seaside resort with a large sandy beach. The safe shallow waters are ideal for swimming, and a range of other activities are on offer during the summer, from donkey rides to Punch and Judy shows. The town centre is next to the beach and has many high street shops and restaurants. Weymouth also has a large harbour, here you can enjoy a drink at a harbourside pub and watch the fishing boats return. Weymouth is also famous for Chesil Beach – a large stoney beach stretching 18 miles to West Bay.

Swanage & Studland

Swanage has a family beach with a long promenade and plenty of ice cream kiosks! There are lots of things for kids to do with amusements and a steam railway running to Corfe Castle. Admire the views from Durlston Country Park- you may even spot Dolphins! If you fancy a long walk you could take the Dorset Coastal Path and walk to Studland past the iconic Old Harry Rocks and explore the designated nature trails

Jurassic Coast

This World Heritage Coastline is a “must see” when in Dorset. Visit Lulworth Cove, Kimmeridge, Ringstead Bay, Durldle Door or Worbarrow Bay where you can explore rock pools, hunt for fossils and experience some stunning scenery.

West Bay (Broadchurch)

West Bay was the location for the popular TV series Broadchurch, it is approximately 30 minutes away by car from Doles Ash- fossil hunters should also visit Charmouth and Seatown. Used as a location in many films, Lyme Regis is a classic old fashioned seaside town with narrow winding streets and immense character. It has a lovely sandy beach and is perfect for families.

Poole Harbour, Brownsea Island and Sandbanks :

This is a great day trip. Visit Poole quay where children can go “crabbing” or why not take a boat trip to Brownsea Island which is owned by the National Trust? Further along the coast you will find Sandbanks which is one of the most expensive places in the world to live. It offers miles of fantastic sandy beaches, lots of watersports and a waterside restaurant owned by Rick Stein which has stunning views. If you want to go further, why not take a trip to the lively town of Bournemouth? Approximately 10 mins drive from Poole.

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