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Don't leave your furry friend behind this summer: explore Dorset's best beaches for dog walking!

I love the Dorset countryside for woodland walks with my cocker spaniel (Wareham forest is particular favourite in the autumn to wrap up and go out with the family) However in the summer when the weather is warm (and after the last couple of years who knew that England could be having such glorious summer weather?!) I love being able to escape to the cool coastline and walk the dog with the sand in our between our toes (and paws!)

Dorset has many beautiful beaches, which are great for a summertime walk with your dog each with its own unique charm, but you'd be forgiven for thinking that sandy strolls with your beloved pooch are just for the winter time. But did you know that there are plenty of choices for beautiful summer costal walks with your dog in Dorset? It's true that the main beaches have restrictions sections of the beach over the summertime usually from 1 May and 30 September where no dogs are allowed. But there are some lovely dog friendly areas where dogs are welcome over the summer time and I think these might be some of the best dog walks in Dorset!

Durdle Door along the Jurassic Coast is a beautiful and scenic dog-friendly beach for dog walks Here's my top picks for dog friendly beach walks in Dorset

Lulworth Cove & Durdle Door

If you're looking for a lovely dog walk that will take you to one of the most beautiful spots along the Jurassic coast, look no further than Lulworth Cove out at the Purbeck in Dorset. Dogs are allowed all year round. This pretty doggy walk will take you from the car park at Lulworth Cove, past the famous cove and on to Durdle Door. The walk is around four miles in total and takes approximately two hours, making it perfect for a Sunday stroll. (However please note it is hilly!) The Dorset scenery is stunning, with dramatic cliffs and sparkling sea views all around, and there's plenty of opportunity for your dog to run free off the lead. Be sure to stop at Durdle Door for a picnic lunch – it's one of the most picturesque spots with beautiful views across the south coast.

Studland Beach

If you're looking for a dog-friendly place to walk your furry friend, look no further than Studland beach in Dorset. This dog walker friendly beach is part of the National Trust and is well-known for its wide variety of coastal wildlife, as well as its beautiful sand dunes. What's more, there's a ferry that runs from Sandbanks at Poole to Studland, so you can easily take your dog for a walk without worrying about having to leave them in the car. Or take the scenic route in the car past Wareham and past beautiful Corfe Castle down to Studland. National Trust members can also park for free when presenting their members cards at the carparks. There is also an excellent cafe at Knoll Beach, Studland which is worth stopping for a well earned coffee and cake after a lovely walk.

This gorgeous Springer Spaniel cross loved a dip in the sea at Sandbanks, Poole, Dorset (taken from a family and Dog photoshoot with Beth Chisham Photography) Mudeford Spit

Mudeford Spit and Christchurch Harbour Hegistbury Head along the south coastline are two of the most beautiful and dog-friendly walks in Dorset. I think Mudeford Spit is a great little secret spot (don't tell anyone I told you!) The spit has a wide, sandy beach that's perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and playing with your four-legged friend. And if your pooch needs a break from all the fun, there's plenty of room to run around on the heathland (on a lead to protect the wildlife on the nature reserve). Best of all, both areas have ample parking. Either park up at Hegistbury Head and walk about a mile up until you reach Mudeford Spit or if you fancy more of an adventure park up at Mudeford Quay and take the ferry over the Mudeford Spit where you can get a drink and a bite to eat and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Sandbanks Beach

Sandbanks beach is a popular spot for locals and visitors alike. The wide, sandy beach stretches for miles and is perfect for a relaxing day by the water and makes for a popular dog walking spot. The calm waves make it a great spot for swimming and there are several cafe's along the beach to grab a bite. Dogs are welcome at Sandbanks beach on the far right hand side of the beach where there is plenty of room for them to run and dogs are allowed to play here all year round.

Check out Jazzy's cafe at Shore Road, Poole, Dorset :

All the details for dog friendly seaside spots for dog owners have a look at ... Psst... Did you know you could invite a profession canine & family portrait photographer to join you to document on one of your favourite family and dog coastal walks? My relaxed and candid style of photography would capture memories of your beloved canine companions and family members and ensure that your precious memories are retained forever. Have a look at portfolio and do get in touch to find out more about my Family & Dog Portrait Photography sessions in Dorset. I'd love to hear from you! Beth Chisham Photography Luxury Equine, Family & Canine Photographer Dorset, South West England

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