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Jurassic coast in Dorset

Warrington, United...
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Jurassic coast in Dorset

I’m looking for some advice as to where to stay in July. My wife & I are travelling from the North West & will be staying with some friends in Exeter before we set off for 5 or 6 nights on the Jurassic coast. We like quiet & quaint with nice restaurants & of course the sea. We are hoping to throw in a few days on the Isle if White at the end of it. Any advice will be greatly appreciated!

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Dorset, United...
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1. Re: Jurassic coast in Dorset

Hello John,

The Jurassic Coast is close to 100 miles long and I'd imagine that this July, your options will be limited to what's available. I fear that the decent restaurants will be pretty much booked up for then as well, and nowhere will be quiet. Anyway, starting from east to west ...

I'd consider Lulworth Cove if you can. There's a good restaurant/hotel at Limestone and it's quintessentially quaint. Also look at The Pig on the Beach at Studland which has good food, sensational views and beautiful coast walks. Some of the best sand beaches in the area are found at Studland.

Farther west, Abbotsbury is another picture postcard village backing Chesil Beach (shingle) but accommodation will be B&B. Bridport, Burton Bradstock and West Bay are a foodie enclave and The Hive and The Clubhouse are two good places I've tried. Rachel's does good fish and chips in West Bay (this all assumes that everything will eventually be up and running as before).

Last before you get to Devon is Lyme Regis, which is neither quaint nor quiet but has a lot of character and one of the county's best seafood restaurants, Mark Hix's Oyster and Fish House. Another little-known beach at this end is Eype, a tiny village which has a sea-facing hotel (Eype's Mouth) on it.

Good luck! I'll throw in a wild card, one of my favourite places to eat and stay. It's not on a beach, but judge it on its own merits: The Priory in Wareham, an old, walled enclave on the banks of the tidal Frome in Poole Harbour. Lovely ambience, even better food, plenty to see and do around there and 20min's drive from Studland's beaches.

Edited: March 23, 2021, 7:23 am
Basingstoke, United...
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2. Re: Jurassic coast in Dorset

From my own experience of booking holidays in the uk this summer, you might be hard pressed to find anything decent left. 😒

Tring, United...
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3. Re: Jurassic coast in Dorset

Assuming you can find accommodation, Swanage is nice with it's beach, steam railway and several good pubs/restaurants.

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4. Re: Jurassic coast in Dorset

Swanage is a favourite of ours too. Nice bit if beach with a few shops and eateries, as already mentioned there is a steam railway that takes you up to Corfe Castle which is a nice trip out and you are in driving distance of places like Wareham, lulworth Cove, the famous Monkey World or take the ferry over to Poole.

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