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Pet Friendly Places in Dorset

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Dog-Friendly Walks in Dorset

Dorset offers a long list of fabulous walks with your pet.  Here’s our top five.

1)  Arne. The nature reserve at Arne is our favourite pet friendly walk. Arne is of the beaten track and little known so quiet and unspoilt. Stroll though a managed woodland and heathland down to a deserted beach where pets can cool off.

2) Wareham Forest. A huge network of paths managed by the forestry commission. Hours and hours of lovely Heathland walks.

3) Studland. The beach is open to all from Oct – May and is popular with dog walkers. Enjoy a bracing stroll along the golden sands. Part of the beach is open to pets in the summer months. The dunes and heathland behind the beach can be enjoyed all year.

4) Hod Hill. Hod Hill is an enormous hill fort in the Blackmore Vale, managed by the National Trust it is home to spectacular wild flowers and butterflies. The steep climb is well worth the stunning view from the top.

5) Badbury Rings. Another iron age hill fort close to the stunning town of Wimborne and the Kingston Lacey estate. Dogs love this area because of the accessible earthworks and woodland on top. Lovely views.

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Pet Friendly Attractions in Dorset

Durlston Country Park

pet friendly attraction durlston country park globeDurlston Country Park is also a National Nature Reserve with a wonderful visitor centre, exhibition gallery and cafe based in the Castle and lots of interesting features in the grounds (including a giant Globe and spectacular views) – and it’s ALL dog-friendly, you can even take your dog into the visitor centre!

Do remember to keep your dog on a lead near the cliffs and where asked to on the reserve (as there are vulnerable wildlife in some areas).

Moors Valley Country Park.

1000-acre Country Park and Forest with something for everyone. Adventure Play Trail with unique wooden play sculptures, Tree Top Trail, authentic narrow-gauge steam railway, Golf Centre, Go Ape high wire adventure course, restaurant and gift shop. Explore easy to follow waymarked trails on foot or by bike; bring your own or hire from the Cycle Hire Centre.

Disabled access and facilities include wheelchair and mobility scooter hire (pre-booking required) and wheelchair bikes. A ‘Changing Places’ standard toilet with height adjustable changing bench and hoist is available at the Visitor Centre.

The Rangers organise over 500 events for adults and children throughout the year. For children there are numerous holiday activities – from ‘Nuts about Nature’ wildlife discovery sessions to fishing tuition, adventure bike rides and bushcraft days. Adults can choose from a variety of guided walks and cycle rides, as well as the opportunity to try something different like Nordic Walking or Fitness Buggy Workouts.

Corfe Castle.

Dogs welcome on a lead.

A favourite haunt for adults and children alike, you can’t fail to be captivated by these romantic castle ruins with breathtaking views across Purbeck.

Discover 1000 years of the castle’s history as a royal palace and fortress. With fallen walls and secret places, there are tales of treachery and treason around every corner. Spot the ‘muder holes’ and count the arrow loops. Feel history come to life and see the wildlife which has set up home in these fascinating castle ruins.

The castle, National Trust shop, 18th century tea rooms with garden, and visitor centre are open daily from 10:00am.
Lulworth Castle.
Dogs welcome in the grounds on a lead.

Welcome to Lulworth Castle and Park at the heart of the privately owned Lulworth Estate. Follow the fascinating story of this family home and the inspiring past of its dedicated owners.

From the tower, discover breathtaking views over the Dorset countryside, picnic in the grounds, wander through ancient woodlands and explore the historically significant Roman Catholic Chapel of St. Mary’s also in the Park.

During your visit feel free to participate in the lawn games such as pitch ‘n’ putt, swingball, giant jenga, noughts and crosses, and boules or indoors, especially for the children, the activity room and Hunt the Bat.

For opening times, please visit www.lulworth.com

 

Swanage Railway.

Dogs welcome.  Whatever the weather take a journey back in time and enjoyable day of excitement and nostalgia at the award winning Swanage Railway. Sit back and relax during a leisurely trip behind one of our historic steam locomotives. The 12 mile return trip takes you through the beautiful Purbeck countryside and includes stunning views of the iconic remains of William the Conqueror’s Corfe Castle. As you travel down to Swanage you can appreciate the rich history of the area, its abundant wildlife and fascinating geology as well as the influence the region had on famous authors such as Enid Blyton and Thomas Hardy.

Steam trains run daily from April to October as well as most weekends throughout the year. In addition we run special galas and themed events.

 

Kingston Lacey.

Dogs welcome in the grounds and restaurant courtyard on a lead.  Elegant 17thC Italian inspired country mansion set in attractive formal gardens and extensive parkland.

Wander around the house and discover the Spanish Room with its gilded leather and gilded ceiling brought from the Contarini Palace in Venice. Witness paintings by Rubens, Van Dyck, Titian and Brueghel and explore the largest private collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts in the UK.

Stroll around the Japanese Garden, complete with authentic tea house or take a sheltered walk through the woodland. Spot our resident herd of Devon cattle and don’t forget to pop into the restaurant to try our home made cake and scones.

 

Dinosaur Museum.

Dogs on a lead. The only museum on mainland Britain solely devoted to dinosaurs, the award-winning Dinosaur Museum is a treat, especiallly for children. The musuem combines life-sized reconstructions of dinosaurs with fossils and skeletons to create an exciting hands-on experience. Multimedia displays tell the story of the dinosaurs and their enthraling prehistoric world.

The Dinosaur Museum has twice been voted one of Britains Top Ten Hands On Museums and is a former winner of the Dorset Family Attraction of the Year. It is frequently featured in National Television including Blue peter, The Tweenies and Tickabilla.

‘Fleshed-out’ dinosaur reconstructions – including T rex, Stegosaurus and Triceratops – beg to be touched by little hands – and that’s encouraged. New reconstructions include the ‘sickle claw’ Deinonychus, two feathered troodons, and a pterosaur. The Dinosaur Museum is part of any Jurassic Coast experience. It’s individual and exciting approach has made it extremely popular with visitors.

 

Sherborne Castle.

Dogs allowed in the grounds only on a lead.

Built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594 and stately home of the Digby family since 1617, Sherborne Castle is a Historic House which reflects a glorious variety of decorative styles from over 400 years of English history. Come and experience the Castle’s rich interiors with splendid collections of art, furniture and porcelain. In the cellars see Raleigh’s original kitchen and family artefacts and archaeological treasures in the museum. Outside, the eighteenth century ‘Capability’ Brown landscape provides a peaceful and tranquil setting; with magnificent specimen trees, borders and sweeping lawns forming one of his finest Lake landscapes you will ever see.

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Pet Friendly Pubs in Dorset

Our favourite dog friendly pubs include:

The Greyhound at Corfe Castle
welcome pets with a bowl of water at the door. The food is fab (we often lunch here ourselves) and the prices are reasonable for good pub food. Not only that you can enjoy lunch with a view of the ruins of Corfe Castle.

The Smugglers Inn at Osmington.
The Smugglers Inn is nestled into the beautiful coastal landscape at Osmington Mills, right on the South West Coast Path.  Dogs are welcome both inside the pub and in the garden.

The Crows Nest in Swanage.
More of a drinking persons pub, although food is served. Pets are permitted.

The Bankes, Studland.
Pets are permitted in both the pub and gardens.  Lovely base for a stroll along Studland beach or through the rolling countryside.

The Castle Inn, Lulworth.
If Carling made pet friendly pubs this would be it.  They love dogs – and its a good base to walk to The Cove.

Why not email us with your review of pet friendly pubs in Dorset.

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The Hollies
Nr Lulworth
5/5
A boutique, single storey holiday home, which overlooks open countryside, on a quiet country lane - just a couple of miles from Lulworth Cove.
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Orchard Cottage
Nr Wareham
5/5
A romantic bolt hole for two, close to the Blue Pool and surrounded by open heathland - you will often see deer walking past your door. A nature lovers delight, ideal for walkers and those who are looking for a romantic retreat.
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Forest Edge
Sandford
4.8/5
Forest Edge is a two bedroom semi-detached chalet bungalow offering luxury accommodation near Wareham. Mainly laid out on the ground floor, this delightful holiday home has been completely refurbished to a very high standard.
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Church Cottage
Corfe Castle
4.6/5
Set in an idyllic location, this welcoming 18th century, Grade II listed character cottage stands in the heart of the picturesque village of Corfe Castle. Church Cottage boasts a beautiful garden and welcomes two dogs, making it an ideal base for a family get together.
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Wye Knot
Swanage
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A delightful ground floor apartment with private garden is perfectly placed for a family's getaway, within easy access to Swanage beach and town attractions.
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Juniper Cottage
West Lulworth
4.8/5
Juniper Cottage is a recently refurbished Victorian terraced cottage tucked away off the main road in the scenic village of West Lulworth, close to both Lulworth Cove and one of the Jurassic Coast’s most iconic features, Durdle Door. This two-storey, dog-friendly cottage accommodates up to 4 adults or a family of 5. The ground floor is an open-plan living and dining space with small, private front and rear gardens, upstairs are two bedrooms and a bathroom.
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Below Decks
Swanage
4.8/5
Below Decks is a gorgeous, seafront holiday home that sleeps 6 guests. Situated on the Parade in the heart of Swanage with the main beach, restaurants and shops directly on your doorstep, it is perfect for a relaxing coastal getaway.
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The Old Butcher’s Cottage
Corfe Castle
4.9/5
The Old Butcher’s Cottage is bursting with character. Recently renovated throughout, this high spec property is the hideaway you’ve been searching for. Luxurious furnishings and exquisite linens adorn the bedrooms, living area and kitchen, providing stunning accommodation that the whole family will remember. Parties of all kinds can enjoy home cooked meals in the large open plan kitchen-lounge area and gather around the dining table for drinks or a board game.
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Seacombe
Langton Matravers
4.9/5
Nestled in the sleepy village of Langton Matravers proudly stands Seacombe, an exquisite 4 bedroom family home. This stunning link detached home could easily be the set to a photoshoot for Country Living magazine. Furnished with high quality new furniture, sumptuous duck down quilts, crisp white linen and beds so comfortable you will struggle to leave them, Seacombe is the holiday home you've been searching for. ?
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Castle Heights
Corfe Castle
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Escape the ordinary at Castle Heights, a haven in the countryside that accommodates up to nine guests. With its enchanting views of Corfe Castle, stylish open-plan interiors, and dog-friendly atmosphere, this residence promises a unique and memorable retreat. Nestled in the heart of Corfe Castle village, it provides an ideal setting for switching off from the demands of everyday life and savoring every moment with friends and family. Whether you're captivated by the historic charm of the surroundings or indulging in the comfort of the stylish interiors, Castle Heights invites you to create lasting memories in a tranquil and welcoming escape.
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The Lawns
Charlton Marshall
4.8/5
2 bedroom holiday cottage near to Blandford in the pretty village of Charlton Marshall, lovely country views and walks. Property all on one level with stunning garden.
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Ballard House
Swanage
4/5
Nestled in the picturesque seaside town of Swanage, just a stone's throw away from the beach and town, lies a modern holiday retreat designed for families or groups seeking a tranquil escape.
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Castle View House
Corfe Castle
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Escape the ordinary at Castle View House, a haven in the countryside that accommodates up to nine guests. With its enchanting views of Corfe Castle, stylish open-plan interiors, and dog-friendly atmosphere, this residence promises a unique and memorable retreat. Nestled in the heart of Corfe Castle village, it provides an ideal setting for switching off from the demands of everyday life and savoring every moment with friends and family. Whether you're captivated by the historic charm of the surroundings or indulging in the comfort of the stylish interiors, Castle View House invites you to create lasting memories in a tranquil and welcoming escape.
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Cheesemans Cottage
Muckleford, Dorchester
4.6/5
2 bedrooms. Cheeseman’s Cottage embodies all the distinct qualities of a quintessential English country retreat in Dorset. This ‘chocolate box’ thatched cottage, located on a quiet country lane is surrounded by a beautiful garden (mainly laid to grass) and enjoying rolling country views. This cottage lies in the quiet village of Muckleford, which is within easy reach of the coast and a wealth of attractions.
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Froxfield Cottage
Langton Matravers
5/5
3 Bedrooms. Froxfield Cottage is a cosy renovated quarryman’s cottage built in the 1850’s, sympathetically decorated in a mix of contemporary and traditional style.
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Elizabeth Cottage
Lulworth Cove,
5/5
2 bed chocolate box thatched cottage. Ideal for a romantic break by the sea. Just a short walk to Lulworth Cove.
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Old Stable Cottage
Nr Wareham
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A stylish bolt hole in the heart of ancient heathland, ideal for nature lovers and walkers - a perfect couples retreat.
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White Sands
Swanage
4.9/5
4 Bedrooms. This stunning property is set on the cliff top in a secluded part of Swanage, boasting panoramic sea views over the bay toward Peveril Point, the Isle of Wight and Ballard Down. Situated just outside of the town centre and well away from any main road, it is beautifully quiet, ideal for those of you wishing to escape it all.
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Tilshead
Langton Matravers
4.9/5
4 Bedroom, 3 bathrooms. Stunning countryside views with sea glimpses. Tilshead is a beautifully designed home nestled within the lovely village of Langton Matravers. This exceptional, bespoke house was created to offer a practical yet luxurious, contemporary residence complete with large relaxing garden. Graded four star gold by Visit England, this luxury Dorset holiday cottage is ideal for large parties or families.
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Honeysuckle Cottage
Kingston, Nr Corfe Castle
4.8/5
This two-bedroom + annex Purbeck stone cottage is tucked away in the very quiet village of Kingston, near Corfe Castle. Escape the everyday, with luxury interiors and enhancing views! Pet-friendly.
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Bronte Cottage
Wareham
4.8/5
3 Bedrooms. Bronte Cottage is a charming holiday cottage in Wareham, hidden away in a fabulous location a few strides from Wareham Quay and the river Frome.
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Canaan
Worth Matravers
4.9/5
4 bedrooms. A wonderful architecturally designed, large family holiday home in Worth Matravers. Completed to the highest standard and incorporating a sumptuous interior. It’s open plan design, galleried first floor landing and very large kitchen makes this the ideal choice for the extended family, walkers and those of you who wish to relax in this stylish property set in the heart of the English coastal countryside.
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Greenhayes
Langton Matravers
4.8/5
Lovely, traditional cottage with stunning country views to the coast. Ideal for a romantic getaway or for small families. Pet friendly.
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Angel Cottage
Swanage
4.7/5
Nothing is more refreshing than a coastal holiday near the sea and if you’re looking for a cosy, quaint cottage, Angel Cottage should be first on your wishlist. This mid terrace cottage is the perfect base to discover miles of heritage coastline or relax and unwind on the blue flag sandy beach
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Pembroke Cottage
Langton Matravers
4.7/5
Beautiful 19th century stone cottage offering a peaceful retreat to families and friends. Well situated in the village of Langton Matravers, this holiday home offers endless attractions and picturesque views of the countryside.
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Woodland Lodge
Poole
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One of a small selection of superior lodges that overlook Poole Bay on Rockley Park. This detached holiday lodge offers a tranquil retreat in an exclusive gated area. The idyllic enclave is just a leisurely stroll away from Lytchett Bay, a charming small sandy beach, and in close proximity to the renowned Poole Harbour. For those seeking entertainment within the holiday park, tickets can be conveniently procured, with detailed pricing available on the Rockley Park website.
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Cherry Tree Cottage
Ridge
4.7/5
2 Bedroom delightful holiday cottage with log burner in Ridge. Well equipped with all you might need for a family get away in peaceful surroundings, yet still within easy reach of a wide range of attractions and sandy beaches.
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Lulwind
Lulworth Cove
4.8/5
3 bedrooms. Lulwind, a comfortable and pretty modern semi-detached thatched cottage, particularly suitable for families is set in the heart of this beautiful village, with views of the South West Coast path and only a two minute walk from Lulworth Cove. An excellent choice for a self catering cottage in Lulworth Cove.
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Orchid House
Langton Matravers
4.9/5
A delightful four-bedroom holiday accommodation, set right on the doorstep of Dorset’s most breath-taking coastal walks, in the village of Langton Matravers.
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The Wedge
Swanage
4.9/5
A spacious 3 bedroom bungalow, set on the cliff top in a private part of Swanage overlooking picturesque Purbeck Hills. Situated just outside of the town centre on a quiet road but with all amenities nearby, this holiday home is within short walk to the beach accessed via a pathway and steps down the cliff. It is ideal for those wishing to explore most spectacular walks and enjoy the scenery of a pretty coastline.
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Cordwainer’s Cottage
Winfrith Newburgh
4.8/5
Built in the 17th century Cordwainer’s Cottage is a former shoemaker’s workshop that has been lovingly updated to provide a fantastic holiday home for up to 4 guests. Cordwainer’s cottage is set in a secluded village of Winfrith Newburgh. The cottage is ideal for a small family seeking a tranquil escape in Dorset.
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Stone Quay Cottage
Swanage
4.9/5
Stone Quay Cottage is right in the heart of the beautiful old fishing town of Swanage, just a stones throw away from the historic Stone Quay, the lovely sandy beaches, the Victorian Pier and all the amenities. This two bedroom cottage dates back to the 1850’s but has been completely renovated to provide a beautiful modern home.
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Ailwood Cottage
Nr Corfe Castle
4.7/5
1 Bedroom spacious holiday cottage near Corfe Castle. Nestled in the heart of the countryside within walking distance of Corfe Castle and the coast. Excellent quality detached accommodation which is highly recommended for walking and beach holidays.
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Winspit View
Worth Matravers
4.8/5
3 Bedrooms. The bungalow is located on the edge of the village of Worth Matravers, in a rural idyll with fantastic views across open farmland to Winspit and the sea. A lovely holiday cottage to rent in Worth Matravers, an exclusive village in Dorset.
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