Doggy Dorset

Barked By Frodo | 2nd June 2016

Doggy Dorset

I’d like to tell you all about our woofingly wonderful holiday in Dorset

We stayed in a place called Ringstead Bay,  between Weymouth and Poole. None of us knew where we were going when we set off, not even dad! Mumzie had kept us in suspense the whole journey, in order for it to be a surprise! And we weren’t disappointed!

We stayed in a beautiful cottage overlooking the Dorset coast.  The views were fabulous from our breakfast table!

Doggy Dorset

Waiting for Mumzie to serve up breakfast

We visited several interesting places during out stay and saw some beautiful countryside. We walked various sections of The Dorset Coast Path (part of the 630 mile long South West Coast Path) along the cliff tops and down into the bays.

Doggy Dorset

Overlooking Ringstead Bay

The beaches between Weymouth and Swanage are woof friendly all year round!  Dorset has 21 beaches that are dog friendly all year, 35 beaches that have restrictions in high season and 2 which have a dog ban. Luckily the best ones in our opinion are the all year woof friendly ones. I mean look at this, you could be anywhere!

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When it came to dining out we didn’t have a problem. Most village pubs are doggy friendly and there were also several we noticed in Weymouth and Swanage that welcomed dogs.  We particularly liked the Smugglers Arms in the village of Osmington and a favourite was The Castle Inn at West Lulworth which has a doggy menu, home made yummy food for the humans  plus  we were allowed to sit on the seats! One of the staff there even recognised us – he had seen us at Crufts the weekend before!

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Frodo enjoying a snooze after downing a pint! (of water of course)

On one of the days we took the ferry from Studland across to Sandbanks, a peninsular connected to Poole, which is the fourth most expensive place in the world to buy property. Football fans, dad and Gizmo, really just wanted to be noisy and see the home of football manager Harry Redknapp! Afterwards we visited The Blue Pool near Wareham, which is set in 25 acres of heath and woodlands. There’s also a tea shop there where we were made very welcome inside by the fire!

Doggy Dorset

We also took the steam train from Norden to the seaside resort of Swanage (small charge for dogs).  At Norden station we also visited an old mine shaft which Gizmo particularly found interesting. He also rather liked the steam train and fancied himself as an inspector!

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Often we can only visit the grounds of castles so it was fab that Corfe Castle is totally woof friendly.   We had a bit of a tea break here to re-fuel the humans.


We had a totally pawsome time in Dorset and would recommend a visit to the area.  If you’ve been do let us know!

Woofs Frodo, Gizmo, Pupstar & Will-I-am

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