Dorset has an abundance of beautiful beaches all across the county but if you’re looking for something a little more off the beaten track, perhaps something hidden and quiet that you can claim for your own, then read on, here are a selection of Dorset’s best kept secret beaches.
You’ve heard of Chesil Beach right? Well, Cogden Beach is the lesser known stretch of the afore mentioned Chesil Beach. The shingle beach offers amazing views across Portland in one direction and Golden Cap in the other, it’s a National Trust owned beach which gives free parking to members, but if you want to do a little more exploring on your way, the beach is serviced by the Jurassic Coaster bus network, with a stop right next to the footpath which leads down to the shingle.
This is one of the more coveted locations due to it having restricted access at certain points of the year. Worbarrow Bay can be found just outside the village of Tyneham which was requisitioned for military training during World War 2 and the remains of which are now used by the Ministry of Defence – which is why it isn’t open all year around. On days that it does welcome visitors, however, we suggest parking up in the village and exploring the remaining buildings before heading down to the expansive shingle beach and beautiful cove.
This mixed shingle and sand beach can be accessed from Mudeford Quay or from nearby Christchurch and on a clear day has amazing views across the Solent towards the Isle of Wight. Even on a day where the views are hidden by the weather, it offers several pleasant walking trails around the area and with Steamer Point Nature Reserve being next door, you can be sure of a tranquil walk full of wildlife.
We’ve included this one last because it isn’t for the faint of heart. Chapman’s Pool is a secluded bay which is accessed only via a steep and somewhat slippery path from Worth Matravers. Don’t worry though, you can still catch a glimpse of the beach from the vantage point of the South West Coast Path.