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The Best Picnic Spots in West Dorset

08 March 2024

West Dorset is a beautiful part of England that’s filled with stunning scenery and picturesque picnic spots. The region caters to a diverse range of preferences, whether you seek a serene location for a cosy picnic with your partner or a spacious, family-friendly spot to bask in the sunlight. Here are some of the best picnic spots in West Dorset.

Colmer’s Hill


If you're looking for a picturesque spot for a picnic near Charmouth, Colmer's Hill is a must-visit. Situated near the charming village of Symondsbury, this iconic hill offers breath-taking views of the surrounding countryside. You can enjoy a lovely hike to the top of the hill and savour a delicious picnic while taking in the stunning views. The walk takes approximately 45 minutes and offers serene views at every turn. And why not also stay for the spectacular sunset at the end of the day?

Maiden Castle


Maiden Castle is not only a fascinating historical site, but it is also an excellent spot for a relaxing picnic. The hill fort affords visitors striking views of the surrounding countryside. The grassy areas provide a perfect place to spread out a blanket and enjoy a picnic while soaking in the beauty of the landscape. The serene environment and fresh air make it an ideal location to unwind and spend some quality time with family and friends. You can also take a leisurely stroll around the site, admiring the earthworks and ramparts while learning about the history of the area.

Chideock Manor Gardens


Chideock Manor Gardens is an excellent secluded destination that's perfect for a romantic picnic for two. The private garden is a hidden gem, featuring a variety of plants and flowers that create a picturesque backdrop for your intimate picnic setting. The garden's tranquil atmosphere is ideal for unwinding and escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life.  The gardens boast several seating areas where you can relax, soak up the sun, and enjoy the stunning scenery. The well-maintained grounds and lush greenery make it feel like a private oasis, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the moment with your loved one.

Durdle Door


For those seeking a relaxing day out with their loved ones, the area around Durdle Door is the perfect spot for a leisurely picnic. You can choose to set up your picnic on the beach and enjoy the sun, sand and sea while savouring your meal. Alternatively, you can head to the clifftops to enjoy panoramic views of the arch and coastline. You'll also find plenty of people around, making it an ideal place to socialise. Kids can have fun playing on the beach or exploring the rock pools, while adults can unwind amidst the stunning surroundings.

Charmouth Beach

Charmouth Beach is a fantastic choice for a seaside picnic, thanks to its soft, sandy shore and expansive stretch of coastline. Whether you're looking to build sandcastles with the kids or simply relax in the sun, Charmouth Beach has plenty of space for families to spread out and enjoy the great outdoors. What's more, the local town is also very charming and a great place to wander around and take in the sights. With its quaint shops, friendly locals, and beautiful architecture, it's a lovely place to spend a few hours before or after your picnic on the beach.

Golden Cap


Golden Cap is the highest point on the South Coast and the perfct place to enjoy a leisurely picnic with family and friends. The hill's summit offers incredible views of the surrounding landscape. The area is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, providing the perfect opportunity for nature lovers to explore the surroundings while indulging in tasty treats. Golden Cap is also easily accessible, and the hike to the top of the hill is not too strenuous, so it's suitable for people of all ages. Once you reach the summit, you'll be rewarded with a panoramic view that is truly breathtaking and makes the hike worth every step. After enjoying your picnic, you can take a stroll along the nearby beaches and coves, which are equally stunning and offer a chance to spot local wildlife. 

Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens


Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, situated close to the village of Abbotsbury, is a charming and historic place that provides an excellent location for a picnic. The estate is enveloped by magnificent gardens and grounds that offer a serene atmosphere for a leisurely afternoon. You can wander through the gardens, admire the exotic plants, and discover a secluded spot to savour your picnic in peace. The tranquil surroundings and fresh air of Abbotsbury Subtropical Garden create a perfect setting for a picnic, allowing you to break away from the commotion of daily life and revel in a peaceful moment in nature.

The Cobb in Lyme Regis


While The Cobb is not a traditional picnic spot, they have plenty of benches situated around the area to enjoy some warm fish and chips while enjoying the stunning views of the sea and the surrounding coastline that the historic structure offers. You can watch the boats go by and enjoy the serene views of Lyme Regis or go on a relaxing stroll after.

Charmouth Caravan Park


Looking for a perfect holiday destination? Look no further than our holiday park in West Dorset! Newlands Holiday Park is situated in close proximity to some of the most popular locations in the area and offers easy access to the Jurassic Coast. We have a variety of accommodation options available, including lodges and caravans, as well as a peaceful campsite that is ideal for touring, motorhome and camping holidays.

Our park is also equipped with excellent facilities to make your stay even more enjoyable, including an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, a restaurant, playgrounds for children and more! 


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