Eypemouth Beach (Eype)

  • Eypemouth Beach - Dorset
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  • Eypemouth Beach - Dorset
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  • The beach at Eypemouth is a mix of gravel and shingle, although the odd patches of sand are occasionally exposed by the tidal movement. What makes the beach special, are the stunning views of the cliffs along the Lyme Bay Jurassic coastline.

    The blue lias clay cliffs which back the beach here can be unstable and subject to landslides.  Visitors should keep a safe distance from these and never attempt to climb them.

    Although there is no lifeguard visitors come to Eypemouth to swim and surf in the waves during the warmer summer months.  The beach is also a popular spot for fishing throughout the year.

    There are a number of spectacular cliff-top walks in the area with the South West Coast Path passes nearby.

    To access the beach by car, follow signs to Lower Eype from the Bridport bypass.  From the private, rural car park, a path with steps leads down to the beach.

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    Type of beach


    Lifeguard service


    Dogs friendly beach?

    Dogs allowed

    Dogs allowed.

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    • Good fishing
    • Swimming/bathing


    • Toilets
    • Pub nearby

    Nearest town



    DT6 6AL

    OS grid ref.

    SY 4490 9094


    Private car park with approximately 75 spaces.

    Water quality

    Water quality star rating


    Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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    Eypemouth Beach Reviews

    Great swimming beach

    Laura S
    Nov 07th 2020

    Even though there is no lifeguard, I think it’s safer to swim here than West Bay or Hive because there is no undertow.  It’s also great to swim with your dog.


    Jun 24th 2023

    Lovely beach, peaceful and plenty of space probably due to the limited facilities, small car park and climb down which if you’re reasonably fit is no bother. Sea was calm and flat. Beautiful. Have visited Hive, West Bay and Seatown which have arguably more facilities but Eype definitely our favourite and dogs welcome.

    Parking fee rip off

    Aug 22nd 2022

    Before I could get out of the car the parking attendant had already blocked my view with a parking ticket.  £3 per hour or £5 over the hour. I find this a total rip off! I went there to help my daughter with her geography project that she had to complete over her summer break. We were not able to complete the project within the hour. I had to park as close as possible to the beach because of the equipment we needed and because my daughter suffered from foot problems.

    Not for small dogs

    Jul 23rd 2022

    All the sand has been washed away, now nothing but large pebles which are difficult for small paws

    Limited car parking, no toilets.

    Aug 03rd 2020

    Car parking is very limited and it’s a long, long, long walk from anywhere that you can park, down a long steep hill. Going back up would be very tiring after a long day at the beach, especially carrying things. There are no toilet facilities.

    May 28th 2020

    Lovely beach except for too many unruly dogs and poo bags