Burton Bradstock, Dorset
There are some lovely beaches along the Jurassic Coast and Burton Bradstock is one of them. It’s got increasingly popular over the years, partly because it’s reputation as something of a hidden gem has spread, and partly because of the bustling Hive Beach Café, within metres of the shore line. The village itself is quaint – lots of thatched cottages, a traditional pub, and it’s only 2.5 miles from the vibrant market town of Bridport. Make a day of it and include a visit to both of these places from your Sleeps 12 large group accommodation in the West Country. People come here for mackerel fishing, and for the stunning views from the clifftop where you can join the South West Coast Path. They also come here just because it’s so nice, with the towering golden sandstone cliffs and views across to Chesil Beach and Lyme Bay; at quieter times it can be utterly tranquil.
Dogs are allowed on Hive Beach year round; there are public loos, and plenty of parking, which is free if you’re a member of the National Trust.