Dog-Friendly Dorset – A Dog Owner’s Haven

Dog-Friendly Dorset – A Dog Owner’s Haven

For all the planes I take and all the beautiful countries I visit, sometimes there is just no place like home, and exploring Dorset was a great way to reconnect with the dog.

A true haven for dog owners, Dorset is one of the most dog-friendly regions in the United Kingdom. Countless attractions, pubs, and sites are welcoming to man’s best friend, allowing you to bring your companion along with you almost anywhere. The stunning coastline walks and endless countryside provide the ideal places to enjoy the sweeping scenery while your dog enjoys the wide, open spaces. If you need more convincing that Dorset is a top dog-friendly holiday UK, read on and discover the plethora of attractions and activities awaiting you and your best friend on the south coast.


The countryside of Dorset is a simply stunning place to visit with wide river valleys, exciting woodland walks, and the breathtaking Jurassic Coast. The unique coastline of the region is the first natural World Heritage Site in England and ranks alongside the Grand Canyon in the United States or the Great Barrier Reef in Australia as one of the Earth’s natural wonders. Accompanying the stunning walking opportunities are familiar places such as Lyme Regis, Dorchester, and Bridport.

The natural wonders of Dorset aren’t limited to the Jurassic Coast and you will discover some of the most beautiful countrysides in the UK here. The Dorset countryside has been designated an Area of Outstanding Beauty and while walking along the water meadows, rolling hills, and heartlands, you will understand why Dorset has such a fine reputation. Carefully looked after, the countryside has remained largely unchanged for hundreds of years and is a postcard picture perfect setting for you and your dog with thatched roofs, farm animals, and quaint pubs awaiting the arrival of you and your best friend.

The region of Swanage and Purbeck should top the list for anyone planning a trip down south. The combination of country landscape and the stunning coast is ideal for wonderful walks and relaxing by the sea. The area is also packed with attractions for the whole family (and of course your dog too!). Other popular resorts include the seaside towns of Bournemouth, Poole, Weymouth, and Christchurch.


Uncovering activities suitable for both you and your best friend is a doddle in Dorset. You will be spoilt for choice on the south coast with countless attractions and events which permit access for dogs, allowing the whole family to enjoy activities together. The majority of museums, ancient monuments, and castle grounds are more than welcoming to dogs and have excellent facilities to cater to your best friend.

Of course, the most popular activity for both the family and your dog is a trip to the beach. Dorset offers numerous beaches and coves to enjoy, with the majority allowing dogs at certain times of the year or in particular areas of the beach. Some beaches, however, provide year-round access to dogs including Mudeford Sandbank, Lulworth Cove, and Worbarrow Bay. Strolling along the beach is a great way to discover Dorset, with dog-friendly pubs, dramatic scenery, and fun activities around every corner.

Robert Darnell

I’m Robert, the Grey Wanderer. After over 50 years in business, it was time for me to hang up my boots and enter the world of retirement. With so much time on my hands I decided to indulge in the two things I love most, writing and travel and so the Grey Wanderer was born.

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