Last weekend, we found ourselves with a rare weekend with no plans. The sun was shining, so we decided to take Lola and have a weekend adventure in Dorset exploring places that we haven’t already visited.
We have spent some time exploring pet friendly beaches in Dorset, and enjoy going to these when we have the chance. This weekend however we decided to split the weekend up into a few different places.
Blue Pool and Tea rooms, Wareham Dorset
We started by visiting the Blue Pool and tea rooms in Wareham, a local beauty spot that for some reason we have never gotten around to visiting.
The Blue Pool is pet friendly for dogs on leads, they are even welcome in the shops which was a bizarre thought to begin with.
The Blue Pool is surrounded by acres of heathland, and is set in a deep clay bowl. As the light and sun changes, you are treated with different colours of blue shining out from the pool. The colours shine through in such brilliant colour on sunny days, so we were very glad to visit in such a lovely day.
For children, aside from the lure of ice creams, they will find a playground and plenty of fairy doors to discover along the trails around the pool.
Current prices for entry to the Blue Pool is £7 for adults and £6 concessions. Children under 16 are free.
We had a few hours of the afternoon left by the time we had left the Blue Pool so we decided to take a short drive to Kimmeridge Bay. We passed by Corfe Castle on our way, but decided not to stop today, although it’s another great dog friendly place to visit. Kimmeridge Bay is also part of the Jurassic Coast, an area we are visiting bit by bit.
Kimmeridge Bay in Wareham boasts the best rock pooling and safest snorkelling in Dorset. Rock pooling is always a hit with us, especially after we found an amazing beach in Doniford Bay, Somerset a few years ago.
Parking is free at Kimmeridge Bay, however you have to pass a toll booth to get to the bay. This makes parking for a car £5 per day. This is very good value for money if you’re planning on staying for a few hours.
As we parked at Kimmeridge Bay, we realised that there was a heavy fog and we couldn’t see anything over the cliff top. This was such a shame as I know there are amazing views to be had. We decided to carry on and explore none the less. As we started our journey on the rock shore, navigating the huge rocks as we looked for fossils and explored the rock pools.
The sun was very strong and we soon realised it was burning off the mist really quickly. It was lovely to see the views start to open up before us, and it wasn’t long before we could see the boats and the hills in the distance.
Reluctantly we left Kimmeridge Bay after a few hours as we were all getting very hungry. If we had planned the day a little better we would have packed a portable barbecue and enjoyed food on the cliff top. Instead we found a lovely pub on route towards home and sat in the beer garden with Lola and enjoyed a lovely dinner in the early evening sunshine.
Upton Country Park
All that sea air had made us very tired, but on Sunday morning we decided to pack up the car again, taking a picnic with us this time and ventured out to explore Upton Country Park in Poole, Dorset.
I can’t believe we have never visited Upton Country Park before, and we spent another lovely few hours exploring the grounds and looking around. Dogs are welcome on leads in most areas of the park, and we found it to be well sign posted for areas where Lola could and couldn’t go.
Upton Country Park has so much green space that you never feel surrounded by people which was amazing. We spent quite a few hours laying on a picnic blanket in between running around and exploring.
We have learned from our spontaneous weekend that it is really easy to find dog friendly places to visit in Dorset, and we will certainly be adding to our ever growing list as the time allows.