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Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre
(3 miles)

Featuring beautiful fossil collections, guided fossil hunting walks, rock pooling walks along the local coastline and even the opportunity to meet the Charmouth Dinosaur, Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre is a small charity and is free to visit, although they do welcome donations.  A charming family day out, it’s a chance to learn about the local coastal and marine wildlife with facilities including interactive computers, hands on displays, marine tanks and a video microscope.  They also have Jurassic Theatre shows of a short film on The Jurassic coast and finding fossils at Charmouth (adults £1, children 50p), and of course there’s a souvenir shop.

http://charmouth.org/chcc/

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Such a brilliant place and the volunteers there are so helpful and great with children. I'd recommend going on one of the fossil walks but book in advance as it gets busy.

October 2018


Wonderful insight to the discoveries on the Jurassic coast and all free! Catering for all ages with interactive displays. A must do visit.

July 2018


Jurassic SUP & Fitness
(3 miles)

Experience the stunning beauty of the Jurassic Coast and keep fit at the same time with this great local company offering Stand Up Paddle Boarding Tours & lessons, Personal Training and HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) Classes. 

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Enjoy £5 off per person on any booking with your Toad Hall Cottages Discount Card

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Vineyard Stables
(3 miles)

A small and friendly horse riding stables, Vineyard Stables in Wooton Fitzpane is beautifully set on the edge of a forest with sea views and wonderful riding opportunities on bridle paths and country lanes with no main roads for miles.  There’s a sand school as well as a cross country course, which are available for private hire, as well as off-road hacking.  Lessons start at £10 per hour depending on your requirements, and they also offer personalised classes in dressage and jumping, which can be discussed over the phone to cater to the individual.

http://vineyardstables.co.uk/

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Lyme Regis Golf Club
(4 miles)

Lyme Regis Golf Club welcomes all visitors to experience the great scenic golf course which overlooks the Jurassic coast and the historic and beautiful seaside resort of Lyme Regis.  The Club’s Greens Restaurant also offers great tasting snacks and meals throughout the day, 7 days a week, prepared by its award winning, local chef Steve Pielesz.  Discounted food and drink as well as rounds of golf are available for Toad Hall guests.  Lyme Regis is the friendly club where everyone is welcome!!

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Enjoy 10% off  food excl. specials, 20% off all drinks and discounted green fees of £25 a round for groups of 4 or more with your Toad Hall Cottages Discount Card.

 

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Literary Lyme Walking Tours
(4 miles)

Lyme Regis and the Jurassic Coast have a wealth of natural history to explore, but alongside that, they also have a fascinating literary background.   Literary Lyme Walking Tours take you on a journey through the setting of films and novels, introducing you to the inspiration behind famous characters and following in the footsteps of authors who chose to visit and live in the area including Jane Austen and Mary Anning.  Tours are themed to particular genres and authors, such as the Jane Austen tours or the French Lieutenant's Woman tours.  The walks range in times and prices so for more information get in touch or take a peek at their website!

http://www.literarylyme.co.uk/

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Annie's Tea Rooms
(2 miles)

Run by a friendly husband and wife team Annie’s Tea Rooms is a great place to stop and refuel. With its own carpark and conveniently placed on the A35, drop in and try their delicious cream teas, cakes, light lunches and drinks. Dogs welcome.

Annies Tea Room  Morcombelake, West Dorset, DT6 6DJ (T: 01297 489935)

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The Clock Inn
(3 miles)

Cosy, family-friendly and dog-friendly 16th Century thatched village inn situated in the attractive village of Chideock. Newly refurbished in 2016, the restaurant serves classic homemade traditional pub food. There's also an outside seating area and games room with skittles alley, bar football, darts and table tennis for guests to enjoy.

The Clock Inn, Main St, Chideock, Bridport DT6 6JW (T: 01297 489423)
 

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Friendly spacious pub with welcoming staff, serving good pub grub / home cooked food. Dogs welcome too.

October 2018


What a welcoming pub.Mike and his staff are so friendly and attentive,coupled with Mike's knowledge of the Ciders he has. The food is of a good standard and prices are reasonable.We would recommend this pub to anyone

July 2018


What a welcoming pub.Mike and his staff are so friendly and attentive,coupled with Mike's knowledge of the Ciders he has. The food is of a good standard and prices are reasonable.We would recommend this pub to anyone

May 2018


Fantastic food and service even cooked a special for us on request highly recommend this pub well worth a visit

November 2017


Good food and comfortable pub

October 2017


A very friendly pub with good value food

September 2017


Great choice of pub grub, Dog friendly and staff are helpful and pleasant . Do the pub quiz on Sunday it is good fun.

April 2017


The George - Charmouth
(3 miles)

A traditional family friendly pub serving a Sunday carvery and daily special accompanied by a good range of local ales.  Spacious outside area with plenty of seating and childrens play area.  Dogs welcome.  Free WiFi.

The George  Charmouth,  DT6 6PZ (T: 01297 560280)

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Excellent value for money with a varied menu of traditional pub grub. Went twice during our holiday, Highly recommended.

August 2018


Charmouth Fish Bar & Pizza
(3 miles)

Serving up the finest sustainable local fish and seafood as well as a delicious range of pizzas.  Choose to take away or eat in the restaurant or in the Dorset sunshine on the outside terrace.

Charmouth Fish Bar & Pizza The St, Charmouth DT6 6PU (T: 01297 560220)

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This place really knows how to fry good fish and chips! There was a wide range of different white fish to choose from in addition to the usual cod, plaice and haddock. You can taste the quality. The young team of staff were friendly and efficient and service was excellent. Went back the following night to sample the pizzas on offer again faultless. An absolute winner!

August 2018


We found the take away food overpriced for what you got. The food was tasty though.

August 2018


Fantastic fish and chips with great service.

August 2018


Excellent fish and chips, good service.

October 2017


We had haddock and plaice which were delicious and the portion sizes were huge. Definitely recommend eating here or getting a takeaway.

October 2017


Freshly cooked to perfection. Can be very busy with queues for the take away .

July 2017


The White House Hotel
(3 miles)

An intimate boutique hotel restaurant set in the splendour of a regency villa, where chef and owner Ian creates his dishes from home grown and locally sourced produce. With a daily changing menu, the White House has won Gold for the last five years in the Taste of the West Awards.  Booking recommended.

The White House Hotel 2 Hillside, The St, Charmouth DT6 6PJ (T: 01297 560411)

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Charmouth Beach
(3 miles)

Perfect for family days out, Charmouth Beach is a mix of sand and pebbles, fossils (for which the area is famous), good swimming and good surf.  It is divided into two distinct areas (East and West) by the mouth of the River Char, which often forms a lagoon suitable for boating or watching the ducks swim past.  To get to the beach, simply find the centre of the village and follow Lower Sea Lane.  There are ample car parks close to the beach as well as another one half way down Lower Sea Lane if those are full.  Dogs are allowed on the West beach as long as they are on leads from 1st May and 30th September between the sea defenses and Lyme Regis but not on the area of beach in front of the beach huts and the Heritage Centre. From 1st July to 31st August dogs are not allowed on East Beach between 10:00am and 6:00pm, but are welcome outside these hours.  At East Beach there is a beach café and picnic tables close by, and in the summer months there is a bouncy castle.  There are also lots of beautiful walks close by to enjoy.  West Beach meanwhile is about a mile and a half long and is a haven for fossil hunters and avid rock-poolers.

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Lovely spot to sit, relax and look for fossils.

October 2018


East Cliff Beach
(4 miles)

A fine shingle beach with sand at the water’s edge, East Cliff Beach is a beautiful place to spend the day with the family on summer holidays in Dorset.  There’s lifeguard cover from July to September in the summer holidays on East Beach itself, but that doesn’t really cover East Cliff Beach, so just be careful when and where you swim and stay away from the cliff base to avoid falling stones.  There’s a long stay car park behind East Beach and a smaller short stay car park just before entering the harbour area in front of the Bridport Arms Hotel.  Toilets are located at the main West Bay Road car park and baby changing facilities are provided as well.  Dogs are permitted on the beach all year round, but it is a clean zone that’s regularly patrolled by wardens imposing fines, so don’t forget to clean up after your pets!

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We walked from Lyme Regis to Charmouth across this beach at low tide. MUST be low tide. It was a super walk, a bit challenging in places as we had climb over rocks. The dog absolutely loved it.

October 2018


I really enjoyed this side looking at interesting stone formations. The beach 'shelving' has to be looked out for if you are paddling and it is better to wait until very low tide so that you can see where bits rise and fall.

April 2018


Church Cliff Beach, Lyme Regis
(4 miles)

Famous for its picturesque Jurassic coastline, as well as its array of fossils, Church Cliff Beach is on the edge of Lyme Regis town.  Sandy in places, at low tide there is an extensive rock ledge with hundreds of rock pools where you can catch shrimp. The River Lym flows into the bay, so paddling is a necessity if you want to stroll on the sand.  The beach is flanked by rock armour which protects the promenade, and the sand is covered at high tide.  There’s paid parking close by, so don’t forget your change.  There are facilities, restaurants and cafes in the town.  There’s no lifeguard cover on this beach, and dogs are permitted all year round, which is great news for walkers as it also makes up part of the West Dorset Heritage Coast and its accompanying footpaths.

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Town Beach, Lyme Regis
(4 miles)

In the picturesque harbour town of Lyme Regis, Town Beach is covered in pebbles at one end thanks to the coastal protection scheme that placed them there to provide essential care for the Marine Parade and the buildings along it.  At the other end the beach has been built up with sand, no longer gets covered at high tide and provides an extensive beach area manned by RNLI lifeguards in the summer.  There are kiosks, cafes, shops and restaurants bordering the beach, so it’s ideal for visiting with family and spending the whole day on the sand if the weather allows.  The main sandy beach in the area, it’s a delight and easy to get to when on holiday in Dorset.  There is paid parking nearby, so don’t forget your change, and remember that dogs are not permitted from 1st April to 31st October, while from 1st November to 31st March they must be on leads.

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We had a lovely dog walk along the beach, very pleasant.

September 2018


A lovely family friendly beach. Pebbled at one end and sandy at the other. Plenty of eateries and ice cream places. A good place for fossil hunting.

August 2018


Excellent area and beach although extremely busy if the sun makes an appearance. I go to Lyme Regis whilst dogs are allowed on the beach (I do use it with my dog) and would like to see more policing re dogs off leads.

April 2017


Eype Beach
(5 miles)

A small pebble beach close to the historic market town of Bridport, Eype Beach is a steep shelved beach (Eype means ‘steep place’) with beautiful views of the West Dorset coast.  Dogs are permitted all year round and refreshments are available at Lower Eype.  The beach is part of one of the most beautiful little villages in the area, where buildings can be traced back to the late 18th century.  Consisting of Lower Eype and Higher Eype, it’s the lower part of the village that has access to the beach, which also boasts the magnificent Golden Cap, the highest cliff on the south coast at 191-metres above sea level.  The beach is favoured by swimmers and fishing fans as well as avid fossil hunters, and there is parking nearby for a few cars as well as toilets and a pub.

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Very narrow single track access road with limited passing places. Would not recommend purely due to access difficulties.

June 2017

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