Dorset is home to a multitude of stunning landscapes. In fact, it wasn’t until recently that we shared some locals’ insights into why people head to each of the area’s 31 most well-known beaches.
Despite their beauty and general good condition, not all of these beaches have been awarded the iconic blue flag. The globally recognized eco-label is awarded to sites for cleanliness, quality and management of water and land area awarded by the Foundation for Environmental Education.
Of Dorset‘s multitude of beaches, there are actually only fourteen that have been awarded the blue flag. Twelve of these are in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) council area and two in the Dorset council area. There are 80 beaches in the UK recognized by the cleanliness standard – their water quality being assessed between 15 May and 30 September each year.
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In the BCP, 12 included beaches are spread over the sandy coastline of the local authorities. In the Dorset Council area, the beaches are in the far west and east of the county. Several other awards are frequently given to Dorset beaches, including Green Tourism Awards and Seaside Awards.
2022 Blue Flag beaches in Dorset and where to find them
Highcliffe Beach – BH23 5JA
Cliff Brothers Beach – BH23 4UE
Avon Beach – BH23 4AN
Southbourne Beach – BH6 4AY
Fisherman’s Walk – Southbourne – BH5 2EJ
Mansion Steps – Bournemouth – BH5 1BS
Durley China – Bournemouth – BH2 5JF
Alum China – Bournemouth – BH4 8DP
Branksome China – Poole – BH13 6LP
Canford Cliffs China – Poole – BH13 7JE
Shore Road – Poole – BH13 7PS
Sandbanks Peninsula – Poole – BH15 2RU
Swanage Center – BH19 1NS
Weymouth Central – DT4 7AN
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