The best beaches on the Isle of Purbeck

by Jules on January 20, 2014

Located on a rugged peninsular on the Dorset Coast, the Isle of Purbeck is one of the most beautiful and unique holiday destinations in the country.

Surrounded by stunning beaches, covered by rolling hills and scattered with picturesque villages, the isle of Purbeck is the ideal location for anyone who likes a bit of variety with their summer getaway.

In fact, this tiny semi-island has so many great beaches that you can go to a different spot every day during your week away; giving you loads of great memories and the chance to explore this spectacular region.

Swanage Bay

The first beach of your trip has to be the beautiful Swanage Bay. The gently sloping sandy beach is well served by local businesses and cafes, providing great facilities for families to relax and enjoy the sunshine. As the beach is so close to the town it’s ideal for those enjoying holidays in Dorset with Dream Cottages.

Dancing Ledge

Further west along the coast from Swanage you’ll find Dancing ledge; a swimming pool blasted out of the rocks by local preparatory schools to allow the children to swim. Today it’s a great place for an afternoon picnic followed by a gentle swim in the salty water.


Just a few miles on from Dancing ledge, is Winspit, a rocking beach perfect for exploring the tidal rock pools and nearby caves. The beach area is accessed by a footpath from the nearby village of Worth Matravers and makes for a great day’s adventuring.


If you’ve had enough of rocky beaches, head to Studland Bay. This enormous expanse of pristine beach is sandwiched between sand dunes and the sea, giving it a wonderful isolated feel and a stunning location.

Worbarrow Bay

Due to army training exercises, you can only visit Worbarrow Bay on certain days. However it is well worth making the effort as the quiet pebble beach offers a great alternative to the hustle and bustle of Swanage and Studland.

The gentle walk from the car park should be easy for kids of all ages, though he slightly isolated nature of the beach means there are no facilities so bear this in mind before you set off.

With such a huge variety of swimming spots, the Isle of Purbeck is ideal for those who like to discover new places during their holiday. With so many places to explore, if you visit the Isle of Purbeck then it’s highly likely that you’ll never want to leave!

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