Jurassic Coast - Most Beautiful Beaches

Jurassic Coast
  • Studland - Shell Bay © Chris Leather | BY-SA

    1. Studland - Shell Bay

    Set at the very tip of the National Trust owned Studland Peninsula is the lovely Shell Bay. Depending on where you start this either the first or last of Studland's beautiful sandy beaches. There are two ways to reach Shell Bay; you can…

  • Lulworth Cove © Mike Searle | BY-SA

    2. Lulworth Cove

    Lulworth Cove is a very sheltered pebble beach in a remarkable, horseshoe shaped cove, formed ten thousand years ago by erosion from the sea.

    There is ample parking, a cafe, toilets and boat trips in summer to Durdle Door and…

  • Studland - Knoll Beach © Andy Walker The Hiker | BY-SA

    3. Studland - Knoll Beach

    Knoll beach forms the southern end of Studland Bay's four mile stretch of white sand. Backed by sand dunes the beach forms part of the Studland National Nature Reserve. 

    At the northern end, Towards Shell…

  • Durdle Door © Tony Armstrong-sly | BY-SA

    4. Durdle Door Beach

    The main feature of this iconic cove is the magnificent limestone arch leading into the clear, aquamarine waters of the sea. The arch, which separates Durdle Door from Man o'War Bay, was formed by thousands of years' of pounding waves…

  • Chesil Beach © | BY-SA

    5. Chesil Beach

    Chesil beach is one of the most unusual beaches you will find anywhere in Britain. Stretching nearly 17 miles from Portland to West Bay the beach is comprised of a huge bank of pebbles. The beach is unnaturally straight and consistent…

  • Swanage © Chris Leather | BY-SA

    6. Swanage Beach

    Swanage combines a Victorian-style seaside resort with a sheltered, calm, gently sloping sandy beach that runs the entire length of the town. Behind the beach is a promenade, which is partly pedestrianised in summer. Entertainments…

  • Sidmouth © Philip Halling | BY-SA

    7. Sidmouth Beach

    The attractive Victorian resort of Sidmouth lies on the coast about 15 miles from Exeter. The main beach on the town's sea-front is largely made up of hand-sized pebbles above the shoreline.

    At low tide a strip of rich red sand…

  • Weymouth © A S Nash | BY-SA

    8. Weymouth Beach

    Weymouth Beach is a curving arc of golden sand adjacent to the town centre, with Weymouth pier at the southern end. Family-friendly, the safe, shallow waters are ideal for swimming, and a range of other activities are on offer during…

  • Swanage © Chris Leather | BY-SA

    9. Swanage Beach (North)

    The clean, white sands combined with sheltered, clear waters of the bay make Swanage an ideal destination for a bucket and spade excursion.  The bay is flanked by magnificent chalk headlands on either side, and views out over the…

  • Man O'War Beach © Olliemtdog | BY-SA

    10. Man O'War Beach

    Located in the next small cove to the more famous Durdle Door is Man O' War beach. Whilst the rock formations are not quite as spectacular as next door the headland is still pretty impressive.


  • Exmouth © David Smith | BY-SA

    11. Exmouth Beach

    Often described as the gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coach, Exmouth's two miles of sand are ideal for water sports. This includes boat trips, kayaking, kite surfing, stand-up paddle-boarding, swimming, and windsurfing:…

  • Budleigh Salterton © Ruth Sharville | BY-SA

    12. Budleigh Salterton Beach

    The two kilometers of immediately recognizable pebbles that make up Budleigh Salterton's beach mark the western start of Devon's Jurassic Coast. Part of this ancient World Heritage…