The use of the Beach Huts is limited to Dorset Parent Carer Council members. For other Dorset residents with a disability use will be at the discretion of chair and vice chair of DPCC and will be subject to the conditions of each beach hut lease agreements.
The beach huts that are available are larger than standard beach huts to accommodate wheelchairs and are fitted with ramps and chairs.
The charge for all Huts is £7.00 for the day (non refundable)
Payment to be made by cheque to;
Dorset Parent-Carer Council.
Friars Cliff, Christchurch
Friars Cliff at Christchurch (Steamer Point) is a long pebble beach with a promenade, this is why we suggest parking at Steamer Point this being the closest car park to the Beach Hut.
The Steamer Point car park is located off Penny Way Road and standard car parking charges apply. From the car park there is a good path down to the huts. Beach Hut No.156 on the back row. The huts in front of us have the promenade right outside their doors, which can be busy. We haven't managed to get a ramp sorted yet but the hut is fairly easy to access. Apologies to those of you for whom this is essential. We are trying to sort it out. The shutter that lowers onto the decking is quite heavy so please be careful. There is a 7 inch step up onto the decking which for some maybe worth noting. Once inside the hut is equipped with a full size changing bench. There are two chairs and a few seaside toys! Friars Cliff has a reasonably priced cafe on the promenade. The toilets are near the cafe.
Near the car park is Steamer Point Nature Reserve – with lovely accessible walks and a small visitor centre.
Weymouth Beach, Weymouth
Our Weymouth beach hut has a prime spot on the beach with glorious views. It's in place between March and October each year. The hut really stands out and was built specially for us in 2014 by local Shepherds Hut builders, Plankbridge Ltd of Piddlehinton. It's a large, traditional Shepherds Hut design raised off the beach but with easy wheelchair access off the prom and a georgous decked terrace that's just perfect for watching the kids on the beach or relaxing and enjoying a nice cup of tea. Inside is a changing bench, cupboard, LED lights and usual seating. It also has a beach wheelchair for you to use if needed. Situated right next to a café and the toilets at the Old Pier Bandstand end of the prom, it's also convenient for parking, dropping off and picking up. The Planning Department wanted something 'iconic' and that's what we've got!
Knoll Beach, Studland (Near Swanage)
Knoll Beach at Studland (nr. Swanage) is a National Trust Estate, (no, we are not on the section for nudists, that's towards Shell Bay!) There are charges for admission and car parking unless you are a National Trust member. The beach is soft and sandy. To get to our hut, No.28, park alongside the large disabled parking area, situated to the left of the Visitor Centre. The hut is by the pathway that goes through the dunes. A new and improved ramp for wheelchair access has been fitted.
There is a cafe in the Visitor Centre which is quite pricey, and a gift shop (ditto!). The large toilet block has accessible facilities. As the beach has very soft sand, you can have free loan of the beach wheelchair or all terrain pushchair. Both are available from the Visitor Centre should you need it. Dogs are not permitted on the Estate between July and September. The Beach Hut has a large wooden shutter with an automatic lift to raise it, this is brilliant because it is very heavy!
Marine Parade, Lyme Regis
Our hut at Lyme is just a couple of seconds from the soft sandy beach. Specially built for us in Bridport, it's larger than all the neighbouring huts and has a door to the front and double doors and ramp to the side to allow for easy wheelchair access. We've even got a beach wheelchair in there thanks to the Lyme Regis Town Council. Available all year this brightly coloured candy striped hut has wonderful views and is close to all amenities.