If you’re heading to Dorset to stock up on the region’s spectacular local produce, here are some of the county’s best hidden beaches for you to enjoy during your trip. These beaches are beautifully scenic and being off the beaten track, are often quieter than the better known beaches.
This is the lesser known area of Chesil Beach, from this spot, not only can you enjoy some tasty home made treats from the local cafes and eateries, but you can also see some incredible views across Portland, towards Golden Cap and on a clear day, you can even spot Lyme Regis.
This beach is a fascinating place to visit, especially if you’re a fan of local history. You’ll find it on the outskirts of Tyneham, a village that was requisitioned by the military during the second world war. The village is still used by the army for training and is now part of the Ministry of Defence’s firing ranges, so it is only open to visitors at certain times of the year. The beach is about a mile away from the village and is the nearest coastal resort from Tyneham, once you get there, you’ll find a long shingle beach which looks spectacular from the coastal path.
South Beach, Studland
Studland has a few beaches with Shell Bay being the most popular. This sheltered beach offers a quieter alternative to the busier tourist spots. It’s easy to get to by simply following the South West Coast Path.
This beach is a little more difficult to get to and the route won’t be suitable for everyone, but if you’re up for a challenge, the end destination is worth it. Start off in Worth Mataravers and follow the South West Coast Path down to Chapman’s Pool where you’ll find this charming beach which has an almost wild atmosphere thanks to its secluded location.
Church Ope Cove
If you’re coming to Dorset in September, then you have to visit Church Ope Cove especially if you’re visiting around the 19th – International Talk Like a Pirate Day. This world wide celebration explores the history of pirates and Church Ope Cove is a genuine smuggler’s cover which was used by pirates and smugglers when they ruled the British south coast. Not only that, but this is believed to be the landing site of the first ever Vikings to come to Britain too. It’s just a short walk from Portland Museum, so you can easily find out more about the area before seeing it for yourself!
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