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West Bay - West Beach

Bridport, Dorset

The beach is mainly of fine pebbles with shingle and sand near to the water's edge. West beach is a cove which has been formed between the west pier of the harbour and a protective rock groyne. Safety posters exist giving general advice.

Beach Type



Toilets (inc disabled)
Camp site
Caravan park
And slip way


Scuba diving
Jet skiing
Water skiing
Wind surfing
Power boating
Sea canoeing
No zoning for water sports
No children only areas

Nature and Wildlife

West Bay is on the South West Coastal Path and forms a convenient stop for walkers with its harbour. pubs & food kiosks.The Meadowlands alongside the River Brit are worth exploring.

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

Bins are provided. the beach is manually cleaned by West Dorset District Council.


Dogs are banned from May to September and dog bins are provided outside of these times.

Tourist Information

Bridport Tourist Centre. 32 South Street. Bridport. Dorset. DT6 3NQ Tel 01308 424901


Nearest town: Bridport
County: Dorset
Latitude/Longitude: 50.7101, -2.7663
Postcode: DT6 4HQ
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

Explore more of the area around Bridport, Dorset at Explore Britain.


West Bay is signposted from the A35 near Bridport. Less than a 5 minute walk from all car parks.

Public Transport

Bus service from Bridport. Dorchester is nearest train station.

Nearest Railway Stations

Maiden Newton (Approx. 10 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


Car parking is available.

Nearby Car Parks

Esplanade, West Bay (Short stay).
About 0.1 miles away
The Mound, West Bay (Short stay).
About 0.1 miles away
Quayside, West Bay (Short stay).
About 0.2 miles away
Bridport Arms, West Bay (Short stay).
About 0.2 miles away
The George, West Bay (Short stay).
About 0.2 miles away
East Beach, West Bay (Long stay).
About 0.3 miles away
Station Yard, West Bay (Long stay).
About 0.3 miles away
West Bay Road, West Bay (Long stay).
About 0.4 miles away
Mount Lane, Bridport (Unknown stay).
About 0.9 miles away
Football Club, Bridport (Long stay).
About 1.2 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Bridport