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Beach days out

Sam Bertram

7 July 2017

Here’s hoping the sun shines and we get some good weather for beach trips. We asked some locals for their recommendations on favourite beaches for a day out from Wiltshire.    (travel time is taken from Devizes as the approximate centre of Wiltshire, with extra time for people further north)   1. Southbourne near Bournemouth – 1 ½ to 2 hours.   There are fabulous views and a walk down to the huge beach. Not only can you park close by, but there’s a lovely bistro style cliff top café called Café Riva when you’ve had enough of the sand. Less hectic than Bournemouth with a great playground at the top. Dogs allowed.   2. Hengistybury heads – 1 ½ to 2 hours   Part of the Jurassic World Heritage coastline – a beautiful site with sweeping views of the bay. Beach isn’t the only attraction though - it has a wide variety of wildlife habitats and is of archaeological importance. Swim at the beach near the car park or walk to Mudeford Spit. The flora is beautiful and dogs are welcome – so walk or scoot one way and take the little train back. There are cafes at Mudeford and the car park so plenty of opportunities for ice cream.   3. Highcliffe – 1 ½ to 2 hours   Backed by grassy dunes and a nature reserve this is a clean beach with a mixture of sand and stones.  It’s not far from Christchurch and has good views of the Isle of Wight. Lots of footpaths to enjoy a walk with your dog and plenty of pubs and restaurants can be found in the town centre a few meters away.   4. Sandbanks – 1 ½ to 2 hours   Sandbanks has held the highly coveted International Blue Flag for over 20 years and is naturally beautiful with its golden sand. There’s a café, crazy golf and play area and if you like house watching it’s one of the most expensive areas in the world to live so there’s plenty of house eye candy! Take the boat over from Poole quay and enjoy the views out to Studland Bay. Dogs allowed on a small section of the beach on the Western end.   5. Weymouth – 1 ½  to 2 hours   Weymouth beach is right in town so plenty of opportunity to get a coffee, drink or bite to eat.  It has lovely golden sand and there are plenty of activities happening on the beach like donkey rides and other fun activity.  Take a wander to the harbour to see all the yachts. The shallow water makes it perfect for children. Dogs not permitted in summer.    6. West Bay – 2 to 2 ½ hours   Backed by majestic cliffs it’s a beautiful beach that’s dog friendly. Not far from Bridport it has a lovely harbour and walks and lots of independent places to eat. No dogs.   7. Lulworth cove - 1 3/4 to 2 1/4 hours   A picturesque sheltered pebble beach in a lovely horse-shoe shaped curve. You can picture the pirates here! While you’re there take a walk along a path with magnificent views to see the lovely Durdle Door. Dog friendly and plenty of places to eat and opportunity for ice cream.   8. Swanage Beach - 1 3/4 to 2 1/4 hours   A sandy beach with clean water that’s ideal for families. Deck chairs, pedaloes , kayaks and sun beds are available for hire. Backed by a promenade you won’t be short of entertainment. No dogs allowed in summer.     Got more suggestions? We'd love to hear about them. Email us on hello@localuncovered.com and we’ll add them in.    

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