West Bay is a small fishing harbour in West Dorset backed by shops and several pubs. Formerly known as Bridport Harbour, the area was renamed by the railway when it arrived in the 19th century. The recently built jetty provides some spectacular views of the coast.
Southwest-facing there are actually two beaches at West Bay. To the west of the harbour lies Chesil Beach, coarse shingle with a little sand, backed by the Esplanade. To the southeast of the harbour overlooked by East Cliff and the Bridport and West Dorset Golf Club, lies the East Beach, with finer shingle and coarse golden sand. Both are popular, the resort a firm favourite with families with young children who wish to 'staycation'.
East Beach and East Cliff will be of interest to geologists. The sheer golden cliffs are composed of layers of Bridport Sands and Middle Jurassic Inferior Oolite (dating from 176 to 161 mya).
West Bay beach and cliffs are part of the Dorset and East Devon World Heritage Site, more commonly referred to as the 'Jurassic Coast' and also lies within the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
The town of Bridport lies one and a half miles inland and offers all the usual amenities.
✔ Cafe, shop or pub
✔ Dogs permitted
✔ Easily accessible
✔ Interesting geology
✘ Seasonal dog ban
OS Explorer Map 116: Lyme Regis and Bridport
This map is part of the Ordnance Survey's Explorer series designed to replace the old Pathfinder map series. At 1:25,000 scale this detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest, rights of way information for England and Wales, National Trail and Recreational Path routes, and selected tourist information. The series is aimed mainly at the experienced map user but can be used by tourists and locals alike.
Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns:
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