In October, we took the opportunity to take Elsa and Buffy to the Jurassic Coast where we enjoyed a week by the seaside in Dorset.
This was our second stay at this wonderful, dog friendly holiday park. We were so impressed with this location and the facilities when we stayed there in Spring 2019 that we had booked to return in April 2020, but obviously had to push this back due to the first lockdown in the UK.
This is an ideal location because you are just a short walk away from the beautiful coastal path that leads directly down to the park’s namesake, an impressive cliff arch that stretches out into the sea. This area is a haven for tourists, but we managed to avoid the worst of the crowds by visiting in Autumn.
Durdle Door Holiday Park is a perfect base for exploring the surrounding coastline…
Knoll Beach, Studland Bay (approx. 35 min drive from Durdle Door Holiday Park)
There’s no shortage of beautiful, dog friendly beaches in Dorset. Unfortunately Elsa isn’t too keen on walking around on pebble beaches, but she is a different dog with soft sand under her paws so we spent a lot of time on Knoll Beach, Studland Bay. Along with places to get refreshments like coffee and ice cream, there are also toilet facilities in the middle section of this beach. It was a perfect place to relax and spend time with the girls in the fresh air, Buffy and Elsa had a wonderful time here.
Overcombe Beach (approx. 20 min drive from Durdle Door Holiday Park)
We only spent about half an hour on this beach as we got there quite late in the day and the car park was due to close. Elsa was walking at a snail’s pace over the pebbles, she couldn’t even muster the energy to back away from an oncoming wave and ended up getting her paws very wet!
Lots of cruise ships were anchored offshore (an eerie reminder of the ongoing pandemic) but it wasn’t until I got home and looked at my photos in more detail that I realised I’d actually snapped Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth!
Charmouth Beach (approx 1hr from Durdle Door Holiday Park)
After a failed attempt to explore Chesil beach, (where Elsa refused to walk altogether – although in her defence it was just a huge pebble mountain to her!) we headed to Charmouth beach instead. This was somewhere that I had been dying to explore, so I was pleased that the mixture of large pebbles, rocks and sand was more acceptable to Elsa! Although we arrived with no expectations or experience of finding fossils, it was hard to resist rooting around for them on this famous beach. I did a little on the spot research via Google and discovered that fossils were likely to be amongst the rocks on the beach rather than in the cliffs. After examining the fossils in the pictures, I started concentrating my search on the smooth grey rocks and this tactic paid off as I quickly found a small ammonite!
Elsa and Buffy were perfect fossil hunting companions!
I’m very grateful that Durdle Door Holiday Park allowed us to reschedule our stay. The site is very dog friendly and the new contactless check-in/out was very efficient and we felt very safe throughout our stay. Due to the pandemic, and social distancing restrictions, we didn’t have the opportunity to visit as many eateries or attractions as we normally would have on a break like this. This was a shame as we love to support dog friendly establishments, but we still managed to enjoy delicious takeaways from local food outlets and the on-site Man O’War Bar & Restaurant.