Dog Guide – Walking

Sydney’s Dog Guide to Walking!

The best places to go walking

Dog walking guide to West Dorset

I’ve toured most of the West Country over my 6 years and have my favourite walks. I’ve listed a few of the most famous ones that your owners might also enjoy.
Starting from each of the holiday parks I have listed some of the most famous places you can walk to, there are many, many more that you can find on the internet or local maps. Please remind your owners it is best to stay on the lead when walking on public footpaths and all doggie waste must be picked up.

Highlands End Holiday Park

If you’re staying at Highlands End Holiday Park there are many footpaths leading off from the park, taking you along the Jurassic Coast cliff tops to West Bay, Eype Beach and if you really love walking you can keep going to Golden Cap or Burton Bradstock. Inland rather than along the coastal paths you can go to Eype Downs, Thorncome Beacon and Bridport or a short drive away is Weymouth and Lyme Regis.

Golden Cap Holiday Park

From Golden Cap Holiday Park you can walk into Chideock and up over the hill tops to Colmers Hill or else you can walk along the Jurassic Coast cliff tops to Charmouth and Stone Barrow or towards Highlands End Holiday Park and onto West Bay. Jump in the car and you can visit Lyme Regis, Beer and Torquay.

Graston Copse Holiday Park and Larkfield Holiday Park

These 2 holiday parks are about a 15 minute walk between each other so I have included them under the same walking paths. You can reach the coast in 15 minutes and can walk over the cliff tops of Burton Bradstock, West Bexington and Abbotsbury. Going inland you can walk to Puncknowle and Swyre and through Burton Bradstock village there are many different footpaths leading up into the hills with amazing views. Jump in the car and you can visit Eggardon Hill, Loders and Powerstock, all beautiful villages with many public footpaths and great country pubs.


Sandyholme is surrounded by countryside with amazing walks, this is one of the best features of this holiday park, it’s a walking paradise and if you jump in the car, in minutes you can be at Thomas Hardy’s Monument, Maiden Castle, Cerne Abbas Giant, Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove.


Most of the beaches have date restrictions of when us dogs are allowed to play on them, but Eype beach which is between Highlands End Holiday Park and Golden Cap Holiday Park is open to dogs all year round!

WelcomeDates when not permitted
Eype BeachAll year –
Burton BradstockEast Beach all year1st May – 30th September
West BexingtonIn restricted areas –
West Bay –1st May – 1st October
CogdenAll year –
Lyme Regis –1st April – 31st October
WeymouthPavillion end and Preston Beach all year1st May – 30th September
AbbotsburyAll year –
Swanage –1st May – 30th September

Further details can be found on the West Dorset District Council Website

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