There aren’t many places in the world where you can feel a World Heritage Site between your toes. Dorset’s Jurassic Coast is such a place, and it’s a 25 minute stroll through the countryside from our farm.
Our nearest beach is Hive Beach, home to spectacular golden cliffs (they seem to glow when the sun hits them), and one of the finest fish restaurants in the country (some say the world). It’s also where Hitler planned to invade Britain and where Allied troops practised in advance of the D Day landings.
Today it offers swimming and sandcastles, lingering lunches and wonderful dog walking (although not in peak summer). There’s also a popular shore dive for lovers of the underwater world. And being part of the Jurassic Coast, there are fossils to be found here too by eager paleontologists with the patience to explore.
From here you can walk for miles along the South West Coast Path in either direction. There’s Chesil Beach, at 18 miles the longest shingle ridge in the World; West Bay, the setting for the hit TV series Broadchurch starring Olivia Colman and David Tennant; and further west to Lyme Regis, with its heritage harbour and literary associations.
Whichever way you go, there are plenty of dog friendly pubs, circular walks, and some of the finest views in all the UK.