It's official - Dorset's beaches are the best

Dorset Beaches: It's official - Dorset's beaches are the best It's official - Dorset's beaches are the best

Dorset has some of the best beaches in the world – officially.

Keep Britain Tidy has announced the results of the annual Blue Flag and Quality Coast Awards which were awarded to 44 beaches across Dorset along with Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.

Bournemouth gained six accolades – four Blue Flags, two Quality Coast Awards – and Poole beaches took four Blue Flags.

England is ranked in the world’s top 10 countries for having the most Blue Flag beaches out of 46 countries taking part in the scheme.

Phil Barton, chief executive of Keep Britain Tidy, which is responsible for the Blue Flag scheme in England and the Quality Coast Awards, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled that England has more Blue Flag beaches this year and we urge more holidaymakers to take advantage of the South West’s award-winning seaside resorts this summer.

“The continuing high standards of our beaches are testament to the hard work carried out by beach managers throughout the year in order to provide clean and safe beaches for everyone to enjoy, whether you live on the coast or are a visitor.”

See all our beaches for yourself at dorsetbeaches.co.uk.

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9:50am Mon 14 May 12

step up says...

So we've got something to shout about which is great!....but hey are we about to destroy the beach view with an industrial wind farm twice the height of the Isle of Wight???? Sure won't make any difference whatsoever to appeal of beach....NOT!
So we've got something to shout about which is great!....but hey are we about to destroy the beach view with an industrial wind farm twice the height of the Isle of Wight???? Sure won't make any difference whatsoever to appeal of beach....NOT! step up
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10:51am Mon 14 May 12

Lew Swimmin says...

Why should the view of a distant wind farm on the horizon make a jot of difference to anyone's enjoyment of a lovely beach?
Why should the view of a distant wind farm on the horizon make a jot of difference to anyone's enjoyment of a lovely beach? Lew Swimmin
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11:40am Mon 14 May 12

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

There is nothing about these awards on the website http://www.keepbrita
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There is nothing about these awards on the website http://www.keepbrita intidy.org/Programme s/Beaches/OurAward-w inningBeaches/Defaul t.aspx IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
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9:39pm Mon 14 May 12

OLDMILL says...

It may well be true that Dorset Beaches are the best the UK has to offer but the are certainly not up there with the best in the world. EG They come nowhere near the beaches in the USA, Pacific Islands, Carribean Islands, Australia, Thailand, Maldives etc to name a few exotic countrys that have many thousands of miles of beautiful beaches. I live on the NSW Central Coast and Bournemouth, Sandbanks and Poole Beaches Beach do not come close to what we have here and which is only a small part of the Eastern Seaboard of Australia.
It may well be true that Dorset Beaches are the best the UK has to offer but the are certainly not up there with the best in the world. EG They come nowhere near the beaches in the USA, Pacific Islands, Carribean Islands, Australia, Thailand, Maldives etc to name a few exotic countrys that have many thousands of miles of beautiful beaches. I live on the NSW Central Coast and Bournemouth, Sandbanks and Poole Beaches Beach do not come close to what we have here and which is only a small part of the Eastern Seaboard of Australia. OLDMILL
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7:00am Sat 26 May 12

Dchadder says...

Best in the world, well arguably amongst them, hmm. It pays to travel a bit and see some others. Just a suggestion, but when overseas come and visit Apollo Bay, Victoria, Australia, oh, there may be a few other beaches worth visiting as well, Woolgoolga for example as OLDMILL wrote. I know where I prefer to cycle past when Southbourne, Sandbanks and The Great Ocean Road are on offer. Less traffic in Apollo Bay than Bournemouth where traffic jams and no parking made access traumatic, and I am remembering back to the 1960s!
Best in the world, well arguably amongst them, hmm. It pays to travel a bit and see some others. Just a suggestion, but when overseas come and visit Apollo Bay, Victoria, Australia, oh, there may be a few other beaches worth visiting as well, Woolgoolga for example as OLDMILL wrote. I know where I prefer to cycle past when Southbourne, Sandbanks and The Great Ocean Road are on offer. Less traffic in Apollo Bay than Bournemouth where traffic jams and no parking made access traumatic, and I am remembering back to the 1960s! Dchadder
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7:00am Sat 26 May 12

Dchadder says...

Best in the world, well arguably amongst them, hmm. It pays to travel a bit and see some others. Just a suggestion, but when overseas come and visit Apollo Bay, Victoria, Australia, oh, there may be a few other beaches worth visiting as well, Woolgoolga for example as OLDMILL wrote. I know where I prefer to cycle past when Southbourne, Sandbanks and The Great Ocean Road are on offer. Less traffic in Apollo Bay than Bournemouth where traffic jams and no parking made access traumatic, and I am remembering back to the 1960s!
Best in the world, well arguably amongst them, hmm. It pays to travel a bit and see some others. Just a suggestion, but when overseas come and visit Apollo Bay, Victoria, Australia, oh, there may be a few other beaches worth visiting as well, Woolgoolga for example as OLDMILL wrote. I know where I prefer to cycle past when Southbourne, Sandbanks and The Great Ocean Road are on offer. Less traffic in Apollo Bay than Bournemouth where traffic jams and no parking made access traumatic, and I am remembering back to the 1960s! Dchadder
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