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Holidays in Broadchurch
The third and final series of ITV crime drama Broadchurch came to our screens in 2017 and we were delighted to see this beautiful area of the country showcased once again. Local writer Chris Chibnall, wrote the series as a love letter to the Jurassic Coast and in particular the area from Charmouth to Abbotsbury, primarily featuring West Bay. The series gripped the nation with over 10 million people tuning in every week. Come and see it all for yourself with holidays in Broadchurch!
Chesil Beach Lodge provides accommodation in both Burton Bradstock and West Bay itself for those looking for a holiday in Dorset or a holiday in Broadchurch. Our ‘By The Harbour’ Holiday Apartment in West Bay has panoramic views across the harbour, boats and the heart of everything going on in West Bay / Broadchurch. All of our accommodation at both Chesil Beach Lodge and the By The Harbour Apartment at West Bay, have views over the Jurassic Coast and much of the scenery featured in the TV Series. The area is both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). At Chesil Beach Lodge on the clifftops of Burton Bradstock, we have dog friendly sea view apartments and sea view bed & breakfast rooms, perfect for your 2017 holidays in Broadchurch.
Dog Friendly Holidays in Dorset
Located on the Jurassic Coast clifftop in Dorset, Chesil Beach Lodge is surrounded by National Trust land and mile after mile of beautiful beaches. It really is the best destination for dog friendly holidays in Dorset. We know your break wouldn’t be complete without the family pet, which is why we offer a range of Bed & Breakfast Rooms and Self Catering Apartments that welcome up to 2 dogs. Not only does this save you the hassle of arranging pet care and the guilt and worry of leaving your pooch behind, it allows your dogs to enjoy some of the best dog friendly destinations in the UK.
Chesil beach Lodge has a spacious enclosed garden where dogs are able to run around and play with our own 3 small dogs – Millie the Cavachon, Milo the Shichi and Daisy the Maltese! Go through the gate in the garden and you will be out in a 23 acre National Trust field. It is a great place for your dogs to run and play or go for a walk. Look out for the cows and sheep that can be grazing in the field from time to time and keep dogs on leads whenever they are nearby. If you walk through this field you can join the South West Coast Path with miles of scenic walks east or west.
A 5 minute walk west and you will reach Burton Beach, one of the main gateways to the Jurassic Coast. This National Trust estate offers spectacular cliff-top views and many picturesque walks. The beach is a popular family destination, with a shingle beach surrounded by spectacular sandstone cliffs. Dogs are welcome on at least part of the beach all year round but restrictions apply from 1 June until the end of September. A 5 minute walk to the east is Cogden. The beach here is peaceful and remote in a beautiful rural setting and dogs are welcome here all year round. The inland areas around the village of Burton Bradstock are working farmland criss-crossed by footpaths – perfect for walking and quiet enjoyment. In particular, pick up the route from the village alongside the River Bride for a pretty walk with plenty of wildlife.
Dog Friendly Restaurants
Both Hive Beach café and the Eggcup Tearoom nearby welcome dogs (the latter in the garden only), as well as the two pubs in the village – The Three Horseshoes and The Anchor Inn (in the bar areas). If you are going out and trust your dog to behave if left alone in your accommodation, please let us know and leave a mobile number we can contact you on.
At Chesil Beach Lodge we only charge a one-off fee to bring your dog with you, no matter your length of stay.
At Chesil Beach lodge we aim to be as environmentally friendly as possible. With that in mind, read on below to see what we do to operate sustainably and what you can do to help
Locally caught fish
Bacon and sausages from our local butcher
Locally baked bread
Locally produced cheese
Local dairy products
Organic products where possible
We reduce waste by:
Sorting out our rubbish for recycling
Putting vegetable waste in compost bins
Buying in bulk and trying not to buy products that are over packaged
Our recycling is collected every fortnight and is recycled in Dorset
All our glass, plastic milk bottles, tins, clothes and cardboard
Unwanted house items and clothing are recycled via our local Oxfam shop
We support local enterprise / business:
By employing local staff
By hiring local trades people to do building, plumbing etc.
By buying local food and other products
In the house:
Laundry is hung out to dry on the washing line in the summer
We use energy efficient light bulbs where practical
We use environmentally friendly cleaning products where possible
We use open fires and wood burners to supplement heating where possible
To help you enjoy the local area:
We keep a wide selection of local maps and guides which you are free to borrow.
We encourage car free days for keen walkers, and the use of local buses (the Jurassic Coaster X53 is a regular bus service which passes our door and provides a partial tour of the Jurassic coastline as well as a local service into Bridport, Weymouth and towns further afield.)
We have torches available to borrow from Reception
We encourage guests to arrive by public transport
Events in Dorset
There are a fantastic range of events in Dorset throughout the year, which are worth a visit to Dorset in themselves. The events include carnivals, festivals, music, theatre, country shows, fossil hunting and even a hat festival! Plan your next holiday to Dorset around the events taking place
Eat Dorset Food Fair
Lyme Regis Beer Festival
Giant Easter Egg Hunt at Abbotsbury
Lyme Regis Fossil Weekend
Spring Tide Food Festival at Burton Beach
Pirate’s Day at West Bay
Bridport Food & Beer Festival
Guitars on the Beach at Lyme Regis
Chesil Rocks Festival
Tank Fest at The Tank Museum
Jurassic Fields Music Festival in Bridport
Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival in Weymouth
RNLI Raft Race at West Bay
Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week until August 3rd
Burton Bradstock Church Fete
Lyme Regis Regatta & Carnival until 12th
West Bay Day
Bridport Carnival Torchlight Procession
Melplash Argricultural Show
The Great Dorset Steam Fair
Candles on the Cobb
Lyme Regis Folk Festival
Bridport Hat Festival
Dorset County Show
Food Rocks Festival at Lyme Regis
Autumn Garden Fair at Mapperton House
Bournemouth Air Festival
Bonfire on the Beach at West Bay
Bridport Round Table Firework Display
Eype Maker’s Market
Bridport Literary Festival
Dorset Food & Drink Christmas Fair
Christmas Tree on the Green at West Bay
Bridport Christmas Cheer
Symondsbury Christmas Market
Bournemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland
Jurassic Coast Fossil Hunting
Do you want your own piece of the Earth’s ancient history? Well on the Jurassic Coast you can… if you know where to look.
Fossils are eroded from the cliffs of the World Heritage Site and tumble onto the beaches where we can find them. But not every beach is safe, and not all fossils should be collected.
If you want to give fossil hunting a go on the Jurassic Coast it is important you follow two simple rules:
Help us protect the Site by being a responsible fossil collector
Help yourself by staying safe while you are out on the coast
Being a responsible collector means only collecting loose fossils and never hammering or digging into the cliff face or rocky ledges. This helps protect the scientific value of the rock exposures. In some places collecting is not allowed. Check out the advice on where to go fossil hunting below.
Staying safe means going out during a low tide, staying away from the cliff face, rockfalls, mudflows, and landslides, and always wearing goggles when you use a hammer. Be aware of other beach users too, they may not want you wielding a rock hammer near them! Find out more about staying safe on the Jurassic Coast.
Fossil collecting – good or bad?
Generally there is no problem with responsible fossil collecting along the Jurassic Coast for a very simple reason – if they are not collected they will be destroyed by the sea. It is much better that they are rescued; whether it’s a broken belemnite or a near complete dinosaur skeleton. Even small and common fossils can inspire people if they are allowed to discover them for themselves and the many dedicated and professional fossil collectors that search the coast help to maximise the chances that the most amazing specimens are found and recovered.
Is it the same for all fossil sites in England? …NO! Some sites are very sensitive, which is why you should always check local information wherever you go searching for fossils.