You’ve booked the ideal holiday cottage, now you want to explore! Here is our round-up of the Top 10 ULTIMATE dog friendly attractions in Dorset, making sure Baxter and Rover can enjoy the best of Dorset attractions too.
Our Top Ten ULTIMATE Pet Friendly Attractions in Dorset:
1. Moors Valley features miles of fantastic trails through the forest park. Moors Valley allows dogs almost everywhere on site – even in designated doggy paddle areas in the rivers! Water taps and bowls are provided. There is no admission charge to this wonderful park, but vehicle charges apply.
2. Upton Country Park is 140 acres of open parkland and woodlands. There is even a ‘dog walkers’ car park – 24 spaces, 2 hours free parking, off Poole Road (opposite Pony Drive); it gives direct access to the large new off-lead space created by the expansion plans. As the Park grows in popularity and in size Upton Country park has been working with the Dorset Dogs group to implement the ‘Paw Prints’ code. This system is recognised nationwide as a way of making it clear to dog walkers which areas are on or off lead, and which are dog-free.
Upton Country Park now boasts a self-service Dog Wash area, ideal for washing your muddy pooches. What’s more, there is a Dog Training Area in the park.
Dog Friendly Lulworth
3. Lulworth Cove, not only a must-see gem of the Jurassic Coast, is dog friendly year-round to the left side of the cove. No need to keep dogs on leads, but advisable in the summer months when there are more people (and picnics!) around. Why not visit The Boat Shed Café, dog friendly with a water bowl outside. Alternatively, Lulworth Lodge welcomes dogs while you enjoy their seasonal fare. Why not pick up a Doggy Ice Cream for your pooch as a treat?
4. Durdle Door, just a dog-friendly walk over the hill from Lulworth Cove, features two beaches which welcome dogs year-round. Make sure you get a great photo with your dog – this has to be the most photogenic beach around! If your dog is anything like mine, he will love digging in the pebbly beach and chewing on driftwood. There are plenty of bins around for poop bags, but make sure to bring a portable water bowl and a bottle with you – it’s a steep climb back to the top of the hill for water!
Dog Friendly West Dorset Attractions
5. The Smugglers Inn, Osmington Mills serves dog biscuits and bowls of water along with usual human fare! Very dog friendly, all the staff will make a great fuss of your pet while you browse the menu and sample local ales and ciders. Dogs are more than welcome inside, but there is also outside seating in the gorgeous riverside setting. Take the dogs down to the beach for a good runaround – this is a fantastic place to keep them socialised due to the popularity of the area.
6. Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, started as a kitchen garden and now a glorious paradise of plants from around the world. Let your dog enjoy scents they’ve never smelled before! Dogs welcome in all areas, on leads please.
7. Bowleaze Cove is just along a bit from Weymouth beach. Here, dogs can run off-lead and you can enjoy the peace that the smaller beach offers. You could also join the South West Coast Path here, taking you on as far as Sandbanks, near Bournemouth.
8. Maiden Castle allows you to soak up the iron-age history of Dorset with your dog! They might not quite understand the significance of the hill fort, but they will enjoy the fresh air and walk just as much as you do. Free parking is available at the base of the hill fort. Dogs must be kept on walks due to the sheep which graze the grass.
Isle of Purbeck for dogs
9. Wareham Forest has lots of free parking, multiple access points and circular trails of varying distances, meaning your furry friend can get as little or as much exercise as she needs! There can be cattle grazing at some times of the year, and during these times dogs are asked to be kept on short leads.
10. Corfe Castle is of course a must-see while you’re in the Purbecks, but why not bring your dog along to enjoy the medieval atmosphere from the castle ruins? Dogs are welcome on leads at all times.
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