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We know that for many of our guests, coming on holiday is not just about yourselves, but also enjoying some quality time with your perfect pooch. Whether it is along the Jurassic Coastline or through beautiful rolling countryside, Dorset has some stunning dog-friendly walks to suit all ages and abilities.

Let’s face it; walking certainly helps to build up an appetite and, after a walk at Hive Beach, you’ll be spoilt for choice with a range of dog-friendly places to relax and enjoy some delicious local food and drink.

The acclaimed Hive Beach Café sits right on the beach and boasts beautiful views over the sea. Just a short walk away from the beach, the lovely village of Burton Bradstock also has two dog friendly pubs, serving local ales and good food, so you’ll be spoilt for choice!

Hive Beach Walk

Starting at Burton Hive Beach Car Park, the length of the Hive Beach walk on the South West Coast Path is only 1.9 miles (or 3km).

The Hive Beach walk is an easy stroll on narrow paths that are almost level throughout, with just a few steps upwards (some steep) and very gentle descent. For a bit of variation, you can ramble down to either Cogden or Hive Beach too.

The Hive Beach walk will have you visiting the world-famous towering golden cliffs on Hive Beach, which are beautifully layered, owing to the way they were formed through sand being deposited at the bottom of the sea during the Jurassic period.

During your walk, you might like to keep a look out for gun emplacements and pill boxes, nestled in the hillside; back in 1940 Lyme Bay was Hitler’s target invasion zone, with Bridport and Hive Beach identified as ideal landing spots!

The walk is also great for keen fossil hunters, who can find fossils of ammonites and shellfish sitting on the beach, however visitors should be careful to keep clear of the cliffs to avoid dangerous rock falls.

For more great dog-friendly walks along the South West Coast Path, click here