WImborne Minster - Visit Dorset

The Minster Church of St. Cuthburga, Wimborne Minster © Gordon Edgar

If homemade cakes and outdoor pursuits are your thing, then East Dorset deserves to be on your bucket list. With so much to offer, you could easily spend a week or more in this stunning corner of the world, and still have plenty left to do!

All words and images © Hayley Spore unless stated.

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The National Trust car parks are open at Shell Bay, Knoll Beach, Middle Beach and South Beach from 8.30am to 6pm. There are limited spaces, so if the car park is full please come back another time. Toilets are open at Shell Bay, Knoll Beach and Middle Beach. BBQs are not allowed anywhere on the beach or heathland. Fine sandy beaches stretch continuously for 4 miles. The heathland behind the beach is a National Nature Reserve with many rare birds and all six British reptiles.

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Durdle Door
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Durdle Door beach, Dorset

Durdle Door is an extremely popular beauty spot. To access the beach there is a 15 minute walk down a steep path, plus a further 143 steps down onto the beach. There is only one set of steps to access the beach, therefore you may have to queue to ensure social distancing of 2 metres. There are no toilets or any other facilities on the beach. Toilets are located within the car park area (approx 15 minutes walk uphill from the beach). There are no lifeguards at this beach. Barbecues and fires are not permitted at any of the beaches or grassland areas on the Lulworth Estate. Overnight camping is not permitted on beaches, clifftops or elsewhere (apart from pre-booked camping at the Durdle Door Holiday Park).

Wimborne Minster
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Wimborne Minster

Historic market town with a selection of high street and independent stores, a range of great pubs and cafes and some unique attractions; a wonderful model town, quality crafts centre, museum, market and the charming Minster Church.

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