West Bay

Beach facilities

View map of beach Parking available Toilets available South West Coast Path SSSI Dog friendly RNLI lifeguard cover on East Beach between July 6 and September 8

Season: autumn

West Bay is the beach for the historic town of Bridport.  Protected by its piers, the beach and harbour are fringed by old cottages and a Customs House.  The town was once well known for rope making.  Local art galleries showcase the natural beauty in this part of the Jurassic Coast and fossils are abundant hereabouts, often collected in the lea of the awesome East Cliff.

Autumn visit photo gallery


Dave’s perspective on a changing coastline.


The beach and East Cliff, at West Bay.

Season: spring

The beach was bathed in morning sunshine for this seasonal re-visit.  There was a steep shingle shelf down to the water’s edge and the shingle turned relentlessly under the push and pull of the tide.  East Cliff and its fossils dominate the beach, towering above the sand.  The soft sandstone yields its ancient historical bounty all year round, well worth a visit.

Spring visit photo gallery


Jo’s enjoyment of this beach and village, now showcased on a TV drama.


By the water on the shingle beach at West Bay.


2 thoughts on “West Bay

  1. Gareth and Aleks

    For us, it’s about being there with the children.  The waves wash away any cares or concerns and return you to your own childhood.

  2. Pauline

    West Bay means Dorset, it means home, and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.

    I have lived in West Dorset all my life and how lucky am I! With clean sea air to breathe, glorious skies to enjoy and the stunning Jurassic coastline shaping our lives and constantly changing.

    Eype beach has a special charm of its own, quiet and unspoilt and just over the cliff from West Bay. The beach takes on a new appearance with each visit and each season, the sea is in charge and we must always respect its mighty strength.

    In the summer, especially in the evenings, Eype beach is littered with fisher folk casting for a mackerel supper, friendly groups having BBQ’s, people just talking or taking a late, chilly dip and soaking up the golden sunset as it slips magically away before your eyes.

    In the winter it may be just me and the dogs and some driftwood to find! Oh, happy days.


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