West Bay is the golden gateway to the Jurassic Coast. It is the perfect destination for a quintessentially English seaside holiday.
West Bay, otherwise known as Bridport Harbour is a perfectly charming traditional English harbour town. So pretty, in fact, that it was used as the setting for the television drama series Broadchurch, where it had the viewing nation looking longingly at the beautiful beaches and pretty bustling harbour.
Nestled amongst the beautiful golden sandstone cliffs, West Bay marks the golden gateway to the Jurassic coast and its stunning location makes it the most wonderful setting for a perfect seaside holiday. Whether you prefer long, invigorating walks along the coast or through the unspoilt countryside, revitalising water sports on the turquoise seas, or perhaps a relaxing picnic on the beach whilst the children look for fossils, West Bay really does have it all. Why not take a delightful river boat trip, which you can pick up along the harbour and which will take you along the river Brit and past the riverside meadows where you can marvel at Dorset’s varied and stunning scenery.
For some lovely beachside dining, West Bay offers everything from the traditional seafront kiosks selling fish and chips and freshly caught cockles, riverside dining at The Riverside Restaurant overlooking both the river and the sea, through to traditional thatched Dorset pubs like The Bridport Arms and the quaint West Bay Tea Rooms. The famous Hive Beach Café is just down the road and sat right on the beach at Burton Bradstock, where you can enjoy freshly caught seafood or delicious homemade cakes or perhaps the secret cocktail bar at The Bull can offer something more glamorous!
West Bay boasts stunning beaches, overlooked by the iconic golden cliffs, now synonymous with the small fishing town. The beaches are loosely divided in to 4 parts; East Beach, West Beach, East Cliff and West Cliff. Both East Cliff and West Cliff are dog friendly all year round.
The town of Bridport is particularly cool, just a nice 20 minute walk up the road. Here you will find The Art and Vintage Quarter with its eclectic mix of antique and vintage outlets and the Electric Palace, the 1920’s picture house where you will find some great screenings in the most wonderful venue, complete with old velvet curtains and quirky vintage décor.
The tremendous amount of things to do combined with the glorious setting in which to do them make West Bay a fantastic choice for an idyllic Dorset holiday. Dream Cottages have some wonderful properties in West Bay, from traditional pretty cottages right next to the beach to modern harbour side apartments. Have a browse through and take your pick!
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