5 Hidden Gems in Dorset

12 November 2019Holiday Park News

Dorset is renowned for its stunning coast and countryside and picturesque landmarks such as Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove. Whilst these beauty spots are certainly worth a visit during any stay in Dorset, sometimes its nice to escape the crowds and discover some lesser known places, away from the tourist trail. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of 5 hidden gems in Dorset for you to explore during your stay.


Cogden Beach

Located between Burton Bradstock and Abbotsbury, Cogden is a small section of renowned Chesil Beach, often missed by visitors to the county. Set off the beaten track, down a quiet yet well-kept footpath, the beach is just a short walk from the National Trust car park, which can be accessed from the coastal road.

Thanks to its secluded location, Cogden rarely gets busy and it’s not unusual to be one of only a handful of people on the beach. This somewhat remote part of Chesil is however popular with fisherman and you will often find them lined up along the shoreline, even on the harshest of winter days.

The reed beds and marshland that flank the shelved shingle beach make Cogden a haven for wildlife, including frogs, butterflies and birdlife. During the spring and summer months, the rugged landscape is dotted with an abundance of wildflowers growing along the banks, including purple thrift, sea kale and gorse.


Dancing Ledge

The Isle of Purbeck is renowned for its stone and Dancing Ledge is one of three disused quarries that lay abandoned on this rugged stretch of coastline. Named after the way the waves appear to dance as they move over the limestone floor, this rocky outcrop has spectacular views out to sea and along the Jurassic Coast.

One of the main draws of this dramatic stretch of coast, is the sea pool, which can be accessed at low water. It was originally blasted out of the stone by quarryman for use by a local school and remains popular amongst visitors looking to try a spot of wild swimming today! Dancing Ledge is also a favourite amongst outdoor enthusiasts and many outdoor activity centres and you will often see group’s coasteering and climbing here.

Dancing Ledge can be accessed via a relatively short but taxing walk from Spyway Farm or incorporated into a longer walk along the south west coast path.


Worbarrow Bay

Worbarrow Bay is a little known beach nestled beneath the cliffs on the Purbeck coast. It is relatively quiet even in the height of the summer holidays and providing the ideal location to enjoy a picnic or beach day, whilst escaping the crowds.

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The waters along this stretch of coast are crystal clear and perfect for swimming, snorkelling and fishing. Little ones will love the rock pools, which appear at low tide and offer the opportunity to get up close to a host of marine life, including crabs, fish and anemones.

During a trip to Worbarrow Bay it is also possible to explore Tyneham Village, a one thriving village that was abandoned during the second world war. Here you will be able to take a step back in time as you explore the disused building as well as the restored primary school and church.

The land surrounding the Worbarrow Bay is owned by the Military of Defence and used as a tank firing range and military exercise area. Therefore, the beach can only be accessed during weekends and school holidays.


Little Bredy Waterfall

Tucked away in a quiet hamlet, in the heart of the Dorset countryside, Little Bredy Waterfall is an idyllic and secluded spot, perfect for a picnic. The waterfall is located at the head of the Bride Valley and is part of the River Bride, which continues through the village. A trip here is particularly lovely in the autumn, when the surrounding trees turn beautiful shades of orange and gold.

Little Bredy Waterfall - places to visit in Dorset
Just a short walk from the waterfall, past pretty thatched cottages and the village church, Little Bredy walled gardens offer further peace and serenity. This community led project supplies the village with freshly grown fruit and vegetables and offers visitors a beautiful place to spend an afternoon, surrounded by flowers and woodland.


Lambert’s Castle

Lambert’s Castle is an Iron Age hill fort set in the Dorset countryside. Built by early settlers nearly 2,500 years ago, the site played an important role in the counties history. Most recently, the land was used as a fair and racecourse, although now there are now no remnants of industry or civilisation. Today the land is now owned by the National Trust and the is the perfect place for a stroll or dog walk.

Lamberts Castle offers beautiful views from its peak over Marshwood Vale. As you look across the stunning landscape you will see patchwork fields and rolling hills stretching into the distance. On a clear day it is even possible to see to the coast. During the spring meadow flowers line the pathways providing a colourful backdrop.

West Dorset Leisure Holidays

West Dorset Leisure Holidays are a family run group of 5 holiday parks on or near the Jurassic Coast in Dorset. The parks offer excellent accommodation and facilities and each of them is unique, so you are bound to find one to suit you. Accommodation includes lodges, caravans, glamping and pitches for touring & camping.

Facilities include Martin’s Bar & Restaurant, Highlands End Leisure Club, the Little Fire Station Soft Play and park nature trails. The parks are family friendly, dog friendly and are situated in beautiful coastal and countryside locations with a great range of places to visit and things to do nearby. We have caravan and lodge holiday homes for sale across all 5 parks. Find out more here, or check availability and make a booking.


What our guests say

  • Very peaceful Park

    The wildlife is stunning, we were visited by the ducks on a regular basis which was lovely. Our visit was very enjoyable and we will definitely be back in the future!

    Sarah W - Pitch Up

  • 5 out of 5 isn't enough!

    This is simply our favorite touring park along the south coast. The location couldn't be better with views to die for and an abundance of fresh sea air. The park is spic and span and extremely well kept with very friendly staff.

    Big Caravan Adventures - Tripadvisor
    Highlands End

  • Best holiday ever!

    This is by far the best Holiday Park I have been to. The views are breath taking with easy access to the beach and nice coastal walks to West Bay. If you're looking for a relaxing holiday in a stunning location, then this is the place to come.

    Alison D - TripAdvisor
    Highlands End

  • Fantastic holiday once again

    We have been coming here now every year for about 10 years. Its our favourite place and the Park has everything we need.

    Andy M - TripAdvisor
    Highlands End

  • A little bit of heaven!

    Golden Cap is a little bit of heaven. The views are awesome, right next to the sea. It's all relaxed and low key just how we like it.

    Esther Woodhouse - Facebook
    Golden Cap

  • Idyllic setting

    Quiet site in a beautiful setting with exceptionally clean toilets and showers

    Anthony M - Pitch Up
    Graston Copse

  • Would definitely recommend

    Close to beach, a nice local pub, dog friendly and a very relaxed atmosphere.

    Dan M - Pitch Up
    Golden Cap

  • A tour of Dorset!

    An excellent Park as a base to visit the Dorset coast, Jurassic Coast, Chesil Beach, Lyme Regis, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, to name a few.

    Arthur D - Tripadvisor
    Graston Copse

  • Fantastic Park

    10 out of 10 is not enough for this Holiday Park. We have been here 3 times and we love it more and more every time. The park has all you need, with some pitches overlooking the sea and a great restaurant.

    Shirley Thompson - Tripadvisor
    Highlands End

  • A hidden gem

    The location is amazing, right on the beach and all the facilities are good. It's a hidden gem this one, one of the best parks in the country

    Mark Tee - Tripadvisor
    Golden Cap

  • Lovely tranquil campsite

    The location was great as we could easily walk to the village or local beaches through the beautiful countryside. I would recommend this campsite to families for a peaceful and safe stay.

    Sarah - Tripadvisor
    Graston Copse