Your Guide to Dog-Friendly Dorset
We have a fantastic collection of dog-friendly cottages in Dorset for you to book all year round. So whether you’re looking for a sunny beach stroll in the warmer months or a cosy bolthole for you and your pooch in the winter, we have something to suit every occasion. Dorset is rural by nature, meaning you are never too far from getting out in nature with your pet in tow, but the region is also home to a range of museums, castles and businesses that will also welcome you and your dog with open arms.
Tyneham and Worbarrow Way
Tyneham is the mysterious Dorset town that time forgot. In November 1943 the residents of this little village were given notice by the government to leave their properties. They were told that the village was needed for military training during the Second World War but that residents would be able to return one day. This day never came though! Slowly but surely over time both nature and the British military claimed the village for their own, leaving houses crumbling and overgrown. While the village is still used as a military range it is also opened to the public and what has been left is truly a sight to see.
The remaining structures have created a beautiful environment for plants and animals to enjoy. Access to the village is currently allowed during most weekends, as well as on all public holidays. If you are interested in exploring Tyneham for yourself, opening times can be found on the village website.
The village of Tyneham is also a great starting point for a number of walks that follow the small local river on a meandering walk down to Worbarrow Bay. This is one of the best local beaches for dog owners, as pets are welcome on the shore throughout the year. Take a moment to explore our pet-friendly cottages in Weymouth and soon you’ll be able to enjoy this amazing, historic local walk.
Charmouth is home to two award-winning beaches and the East Beach, on the Bridport side of the river, is open to dogs off-lead all year round. The West Beach has restrictions on permitted dogs between May and October each year along the promenade. Charmouth is often regarded as the first port of call for fossil hunters and is the best spot on the Jurassic Coast to look for prehistoric treasure. While the beach is gorgeous in and of itself, Charmouth town also has lots of dog-friendly amenities. A particular highlight is The George Inn pub, which goes above and beyond for its furry guests by providing Frozzys ‘Ice Cream for Dogs’. Why not make The George your local for the week and explore even more of Charmouth’s dog-friendly delights by booking one of our pet-friendly cottages in the area?
Running between Corfe Castle and Swanage, the Swanage Railway is a heritage rail line that was bitterly fought for after most of the original line was demolished in 1972. Today, volunteers have managed to restore much of the original line for the scenic transportation and historical education of guests from all over the world. Train services are made up of a combination of steam and (rather cute) diesel locomotives, as well as special festive trains such as the light-up train that runs throughout the winter months every year. Each station on the line has its own unique history and a range of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy, so you can really make a day of your trip on the Swanage Railway. The best part for dog owners? Dogs can ride for just £3, so no one is left out of your special trip. To read more about facilities, timetables and events, visit the Swanage Railway website.
The Blue Pool Nature Reserve and Tearooms
Located on the Isle of Purbeck, the Blue Pool is part of the privately-owned Furzebrook Estate in the Isle of Purbeck. With over 200 acres of land to explore, including part of Dorset’s heathland, The Blue Pool Nature Reserve is the ideal place for a relaxing dog walk. There is, as the name would suggest, a beautiful blue pool at the centre of the estate which would be an amazing photo opportunity for those with a camera in hand. The tearooms have a lovely outdoor seating area where you can perch with your pooch as you indulge in some tasty, local and eco-friendly treats. For more information on opening times and special events be sure to visit the Blue Pool Nature Reserve and Tearooms website.
Durlston Country Park and Nature Reserve
Located in Swanage right on the edge of the Jurassic Coastline, Durlston Country Park is 320 acres of biodiverse green grounds surrounding a nineteenth-century castle. With lots of trails to explore, great wheelchair access and a really useful visitor information centre, your visit to Durlston Park should be easy and relaxing, even with a dog in tow. You can easily spend hours here exploring the various landmarks around the site on foot and taking in the dramatic views of the Dorset coast. Take a break or finish the day on a full stomach by visiting the lovely on-site Seventhwave Cafe.