We spent a few days exploring Dorset with Elsa in the Spring, enjoying the beautiful coastline while basking in the brief spell of sunshine that we were fortunate enough to have whilst we were on holiday!
Our trip to Dorset began with a quick stop at Portland Bill Lighthouse. I didn’t know anything about this area before we arrived, but it looked interesting on the map so we took a slight detour on our journey to investigate. To get there you have to drive along the road adjacent to Chesil Beach, an imposing 18 mile long shingle beach that forms part of the Jurassic Coast. Dogs aren’t allowed inside the lighthouse, or the gift shop and restaurant, but we were only there for a short time while we explored the area and Pulpit Rock.
Sandbanks has been on my ‘must visit’ list for a very long time so I was really pleased to finally let Elsa stretch her legs on the white sandy beach. I love seeing her have fun, and there's always time for a belly rub!
Next, we headed to Rick Stein’s restaurant for lunch. Dogs are welcome within the bar area at the front of the restaurant and I was delighted to see how many people had sacrificed the stunning views at the back of the restaurant to be able to bring their furry friends with them! Elsa was offered a bowl of water and settled by our table while we enjoyed a delicious meal.
The next day we followed Paws across Britain Pack member Ella’s pawprints to Corfe Castle for a quick walk around The Model Village Gardens & Cafe. It’s small but very cute and filled with all sorts of curiosities. Dogs are welcome throughout the gardens and there are some great photo opportunities!
The base for our Dorset mini-break was at Durdle Door Holiday Park set within the grounds of the lovely Lulworth Estate. We stayed in one of the static caravan type holiday homes which was practically brand new and spotlessly clean.
I chose this location because it’s just a stone’s throw from the iconic Durdle Door and Man O’ War Bay, so I knew that we’d be in a good location for walking Elsa on the beach.
As an added bonus, the on-site pub & restaurant, called the ‘Man O’War’, was also dog friendly!
They serve a range of food and drink throughout the day as well as cake and coffee. Having this right on our doorstep meant that we didn’t need to go searching for miles to find somewhere that we could enjoy a meal with Elsa. The atmosphere was so relaxed and friendly (and the chips were amazing) so we returned here a few times during our stay.
We also visited Lulworth Cove, a short distance along the coast from Durdle Door. It is within walking distance for most people, but not if you have short Lhasa legs! We opted to drive and park in the large car park. There are plenty of places to grab some food or a drink and most of them seemed to have signs letting passers by know that dogs were welcome inside.
Even the visitor centre and shop are dog friendly and we found some dog products on sale too! We stopped for a cream tea at The Dolls House and also picked up some handmade fudge and Dorset Tea to take home with us while we were there.
The highlight of this area is Lulworth Cove itself, arching round in a beautiful crescent, with sparkling turquoise water gently lapping on the chalky white and grey speckled pebbles. It’s beautiful from whatever angle you look at it but we’d highly recommend climbing up to the top of the cliffs to see it in its full glory.
Holiday Essentials | There were two things that we took with us on this trip that we simply couldn't have done without:
Although the walk to Durdle Door from the holiday park only takes approx 10-15 minutes, the path is steep and rocky, then you have to descend a flight of stairs before you get to the beach. Elsa made it down without any issues, but even I struggled to get back to the top again without stopping for a short rest.
The K9 Sport Sack comes in very handy when we need to get somewhere but she’s either too tired or too stubborn to walk!
Elsa happily eats ORIJEN kibble at home, but we never travel without ORIJEN Freeze Dried Food. It’s light to carry, the portions are easy to measure out and Elsa can’t get enough of it! It’s perfect for when we’re away from home and need to make sure that she doesn’t go off her food due to the change in environment. No matter where we are, she will always come running for a warm bowl of yummy ORIJEN.
[This food was given to Elsa as a gift.]
If you’re planning a trip to Dorset with your dogs we would highly recommend Durdle Door Holiday Park on the Lulworth Estate! It’s extremely dog friendly and you’ll find loads of things to see and do.
What are you waiting for? Take your paws to Dorset for an adventure!
East Lulworth, Wareham BH20 5QS