Sandsfoot Castle Cove
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The beach at Sandsfoot Castle Cove lies about 100 yards to the east of Sandsfoot Castle within Portland Harbour near the suburb of Southlands.
The Castle was built in 1539 during the reign of Henry VIII and worked in partnership with Portland Castle to protect this vital harbour.
Over the years however the Castle fell into disrepair and is now little more than a shell. A grant from The Lottery Heritage Fund in 2010 saw major improvements to the Castle with walkways and creative lighting installed to to make the ruins more accessible.
The Castle is backed by the very picturesque Tudor gardens and recently a café has been built in the gardens making the Cove and Castle a 'must see' if staying locally.
Castle Cove itself is a small privately owned sandy beach backed by low cliffs and sloping gently into Portland Harbour. East-facing the beach is very peaceful and popular with locals and visitors alike.
Access is from the end of Old Castle Road. Parking on the roadside is available but to ensure your space be sure to arrive early.
✔ Sandy beach
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
✔ Dogs permitted
✘ Seasonal dog ban
✔ Easily accessible
✔ Family friendly
OS Explorer Map 116: Lyme Regis and Bridport
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