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Cogden beach, Dorset

Cogden Beach lies just to the south east of the very popular Hive Beach near Burton Bradstock, in West Dorset.

This southwest-facing beach consists of coarse sand and shingle runs southeast passing West Bexington to the world famous Chesil Bank that ultimately leads to Chesil Beach and the Isle of Portland.

Rarely crowded even in high season, there is limited parking at Hive Beach just to the northwest along with toilets and a beach café.

The beach has no facilities which tends to restrict visitors. It does lie on the South West Coast Path however, and is also part of the Dorset and East Devon World Heritage Site, more commonly referred to as the 'Jurassic Coast'.

Burton Mere, otherwise known as Cogden Reedbed, behind the beach is a resting place for birdlife, whilst the shingle beach itself is a favourite with anglers.


 Sandy beach

 Cafe, shop or pub

 Dogs permitted


 Interesting geology

 Seasonal dog ban

OS Explorer Map 116: Lyme Regis and Bridport

OS Explorer Map 116: Lyme Regis and Bridport

This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.

Local area

Local Accommodation


Cottage Holidays

There is a great choice of cottages for rent in the local area. Take a look at the beautiful cottages in Bridport, Beaminster, Poundbury and Lyme Regis.

Holiday Parks

Holiday Parks

Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:


arrowLyme Regis





Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:






Caravan Holidays

In the vicinity is a choice of camping and caravan sites offering high quality, affordable holiday accommodation. Consider camps in Bridport, Weymouth, Lyme Regis and Dorchester.

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