Dog-related Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO)

A new dog-related PSPO has been made as of the 1 of January. This includes detail about where dogs are excluded at certain times of year, and where they must be on a lead. You must ensure you comply with dog related Public Spaces Protection Orders at the applicable beaches.

Advice on dog walking in Dorset

Visit the Dorset Dogs website for more information.

Map of dog friendly beaches

Bridport area

Bridport beaches

Beach When dogs are allowed

Burton Bradstock Beach

There are no formal restrictions on this beach. However the National Trust request that beach users comply with their controls for dogs, which include not exercising them on the beach between 1 May and 30 September

Cogden Beach

All year round

Eype Beach

All year round

Seatown Beach

1 October to 30 April

West Bexington Beach

All year round in designated area

West Bay Beach

1 October to 30 April (dogs allowed in the port on a lead from 1 May to 1 October) 

There are 3 beaches. Two have restrictions - East side of the harbour and the West Side of the harbour. The third beach is separated from West beach by a large rock groyne, this isn’t restricted. 

More information can be found on the dog warden page.

Charmouth and Lyme Regis area

Lyme Regis beaches

Beach When dogs are allowed

Charmouth Beach

East Beach - no restrictions

West Beach - 1 October to 30 April

Church Cliff Beach

All year round

Lyme Regis front beach

1 October to 30 April but dogs must be kept on a lead

Monmouth Beach

All year round

More information can be found on the dog warden page.

Purbeck area

Purbeck beaches

Beach When dogs are allowed

Durdle Door

All year round

Kimmeridge Bay

All year round

Lulworth Cove

All year round

Man O' War Beach

All year round

Monkey Beach (by the old stone quay, close to the pier)

All year round

Studland Beach

Dogs must be on a lead on South beach, Middle beach and the southern part of Knoll beach between 1 May and 30 September.  There are no restrictions on Shell beach.  

The National Trust request that you keep your dog under control at all times to protect the special reserve and to minimise disruption to other beach users

Swanage Beach 1 October to 30 April
Worbarrow Bay All year round

Weymouth and Portland area

Weymouth beaches
Beach When dogs are allowed
Bowleaze Cove All year round
Chesil Beach at Abbotsbury to the Tank Teeth Boundary All year round
Chesil Beach from the Tank Teeth Boundary at Abbotsbury to the Portland Boundary Stone Dogs allowed on leads to the outer flank (seaward side) of the beach from 1 September to 30 April. No public access outside of these dates.
Church Ope Cove, Portland

All year round

Fleet Lagoon Nature Reserve

South West Coast Path only. No public access along the shoreline of the Fleet.

Ringstead Beach

All year round

Weymouth Beach

Greenhill Groyne to Overcombe - all year round

Dog exercise area (by Pavilion) - all year round

Greenhill Groyne to dog exercise area (main sandy beach) - 1 October to 30 April