Dorset Beach Safety Information Stay safe on your visit

Dorset's coastline is a popular location for visitors to enjoy and explore and the majority of visits are incident free.

These notes are to allow visitors to make an informed judgement about their safety during their day trip or holiday.

  • Wind and tidal effects can create hazardous sea conditions including large waves breaking on shelving beaches and an undertow. Consider the conditions before swimming or approaching the water's edge.
  • Incoming tides can trap the unwary. Check the tide before walking on the beach footpaths.
  • Cliff rock falls and mudflows sometimes occur on the coast. Do not enter known problem areas. Keep away from the base of cliffs.
  • Sea walls and harbours are not often fenced. Take care not to fall from the edge.

Erosion is a natural, ongoing process along this stretch of coast – and is one of the main reasons why the Jurassic Coast was designated a World Heritage Site. Exceptional rainfall over the past year has left some of the cliffs in an unusually unpredictable and unstable condition, with a heightened risk of additional landslides, mudslides and rock falls. Further details of how to stay safe along Dorset's Jurassic Coast can be found on the Jurassic Coast website.

People can and should enjoy the coast but should, as always, take care when out and about. We have teamed up with the SafeWise charity and Dorset Coast Forum who have created an animation to promote coastal safety in a fun way to children called CoastWise - check it out and remember to share these helpful tips with your family and friends.