Beach Life...

Durdle Door is one of the most iconic and photographed parts of Dorset's coastline. On a clear day you can see along the Jurassic Coast westwards towards Portland and eastwards towards Man of War Bay and Lulworth Cove. Follow the main path to the door through a steep decline that leads to the top of the steps leading down to the two bays and the shingle. Durdle Door is a dog-friendly beach.

Studland Bayis a 3km stretch of beach that is owned by the National Trust and forms the southern half entrance to Poole Harbour. It consists of fine white sands, large dunes and big sandpits - ideal for children and families. Take a dip in the sea - the water quality is very clean and is ideal for swimming, frolic on the sand, build a sand-castle with the kids or cool down with a delicious ice-cream. .

Swanage beach is the main town attraction with thousands flocking every summer to relax on the sand. The waters are clean to swim in and other water sports including sailing, water-skiing and wind surfing can be seen. Deck chairs are available for rent - visitors are advised to bring their own shade. On a clear day views of the Isle of Wight can be seen. The beach can get quite touristy in the summer months with an arcade on the promenade, shops and other attractions in comparison to Durdle Door and Studland Bay.

Kimmeridge Bay is a remarkable stretch of Dorset countryside with exceptional coastal views. The walk offers a wonderful combination of steady climbs and flat stints, perfect for the intermediate rambler. One of the pleasures of this walk is the way the vistas on either side slowly open up. Inland, you see right across the Purbecks to Corfe Castle, while on the other side you look out over the Jurassic Coast at Kimmeridge and beyond.