For a lovely dog walking spot on the Jurassic Coast, at the end of Chesil beach head for Abbotsbury Beach. With its pebble and shingle banking, this is the stretch of coastline that allows dogs all year round.
The beach offers wonderful views of Lyme Bay and is also a well known and popular spot for anglers. The beach is just a mile away from the village of Abbotsbury, past the famous Abbotsbury Swannery and also the site of the Chesil and Fleet Nature Reserve. You will find a car park next to the beach.
Dogs with endless energy will find the pebbly beach a haven for exploring, and you can enjoy the lapping of the Atlantic washing over the pebbled shoreline, as you stop off for a break or quick cup of tea if you pack a flask. There is also a seasonal café in the car park. If the weather’s windy this is a great spot for watching the waves roll in, gusty conditions can make for an atmospheric experience, in fact nearby Chesil beach has even been referred to by some as one of the world’s finest ‘storm beaches.’
If you’re exploring the South West Coast Path the Abbotsbury Hill Fort is a good 5.6mile walk starting and ending at the Abbotsbury beach car park. It is generally flat with one long climb that can be challenging at times but offers fantastic views of Dorset. This walk is certainly a must for anybody with an interest in archaeology, geology, history or wildlife as you follow the back of Chesil Bank and the South Dorset Ridgeway.