Dog friendly Jurassic Coast
Our first mini holiday after lockdown was down to the Jurassic Coast and we were very lucky as the weather was beautiful. I always loved exploring England’s beauty spots but never thought that the Jurassic Coast was that pretty! You should definitely add it to your bucket list and if you have a four-legged friend with you then you’ll find this post extremely helpful!
Durdle Door is a natural limestone arch on the Jurassic Coast near Lulworth in Dorset, England. It is owned by the Welds, a family who own 12,000 acres in Dorset in the name of the Lulworth Estate. It is open to the public.
Make sure that you wear your comfiest walking shoes as it is a very long coast that goes on miles and miles, when we were there, there was a one-way system in place which made everything easier. From the car park to the door is about a 15-20 minutes walk which is not too bad but make sure to keep your dog on the lead as the walk pretty dangerous and as you get close to the beach there is a huge cliff. It is better to go in the morning when there’s no people (or less) around, because it is quite busy in the afternoon. It is a beautiful walk along the coastline, the water is so clear, the stones are so smooth and it is so refreshing to go for a swim, even with your dog! Don’t forget to take a look at Man O War which is a very popular sand and fine pebbles beach on the east side of Durdle Door beach. This section of coastline, including Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door are part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, which starts at Studland in Dorset and ends at Exmouth in Devon.
Car park fee: £10 / day
We parked at Durdle Door and walked from there, and if I can give you a piece of advice: pre-book your ticket online as sometimes it get’s very busy and if you get there late you might lose your spot.
Lulworth village & castle:
There’s a lot that you can do in Lulworth, for example you can walk to Lulworth Cove which is about a 30 minutes walk from Durdle Door but if you’ve had enough of the beaches you can head to Lulworth village which is such a pretty little place! We’ve parked our car at the castle and walked to a pub from there to have some lunch. (The pubs are very close and the food is delicious, and vegan friendly.)
If you are near Lulworth, I’d definitely recommend visiting Lulworth Castle which is an early 17th-century hunting lodge erected in the style of a revival fortified castle, one of only five extant Elizabethan or Jacobean buildings of this type. It is listed with Historic England as a Scheduled monument. Dogs are unfortunately not allowed inside but the land is so big around the castle that is more than okay for a walk and maybe some picnic as well!
Entry fee: £6 / adult, £4 / child
The car park is £3 for the whole day.
The next day we hiked up one of the purbeck hills to see Corfe Castle which is a village and civil parish in the English county of Dorset. It is the site of a ruined castle of the same name. The village and castle stand over a gap in the Purbeck Hills on the route between Wareham and Swanage. If you hike up on the other side of the castle, you can enjoy the beautiful view of the village and the remains. There isn’t a lot of people around there but the hill is quite steep so be careful! The castle has been a Saxon stronghold, a Norman fortress, a royal palace and a family home in its ten centuries of dominating the Purbeck landscape. The history is very amazing and I’d definitely urge you to visit this place, even if you’re not a big fan of walking!
Entry fee: £10 / adult, £5 / child
The car park is very nearby, we’ve paid £4 for 4 hours which is enough in my opinion but if you want to go for a big walk I’m sure there’s an option for longer parking.
The Blue Pool:
It is a natural swimming hole where minerals change the colour from green to blue, with a hiking trail. Swimming was not permitted when we’ve visited the place and there was a one-way system in place but it is great for a family day-out as there’s loads to do with the kids: from the fairy trail to the playground area. It is a perfect place for a picnic, a shorter walk or a bigger walk with your dog and the water is unbelievably blue! I’ve heard some people saying that they were disappointed because it wasn’t as blue as it was advertised but I disagree, it’s definitely a must see!
Entry fee: £5 / adult, children is free under 16.
The car park is free.
Where we stayed:
So, we only stayed there for 1 night but we did quite a lot so if you’d like to take it a bit easy then I’d recommend booking an accommodation for at least 2 nights as there’s so much to see and do around the area!
We stayed in Kingston Country Courtyard which is dog friendly B & B, the staff were great and everything was COVID safe! We’ve had dinner in their restaurant and they had vegan friendly options which was great, even the dog was allowed in the restaurant with us!
In the evening we’ve enjoyed the beautiful and breahtaking view from their garden with a glass of wine. It is so calm and peaceful, you just gotta sit down and enjoy every single moment.
The next morning we went for a short walk and saw loads of cows which was very cool and they were very friendly as well (the hotel is literally in the middle of nowhere but there’s a pub close by if you fancy eating somewhere else, but other than that there’s only fields around and a forest).