West Bay (East)

  • West Bay (East) - Dorset
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  • West Bay (East) - Dorset
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  • West Bay (East) - Dorset
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  • This fine shingle beach stretches from the western end of the vast area of Chesil Beach to the harbour at West Bay. The beach slopes quite steeply into the sea and there are some areas of sand at the water’s edge.  Because of this sudden shelving in the water, the West Beach on the other side of the harbour is probably safer for children to play in the water, although this is much smaller.

    The majestic and imposing sandstone cliffs of East Cliff form a dramatic backdrop to the beach. Rising almost 50 metres (180ft) vertically above these spectacular cliffs can be unstable and visitors should observe the various warning signs around the beach. 

    This wide expanse of coast is a good destination for beachcombing walks and fossil hunting. East Beach has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and there are a variety of walking paths in the vicinity. 

    Fans of TV series Broadchurch may recognise some of the scenery here, as it was used as a location for the filming of all three seasons.

    The nearby harbour has spaces for around 70 boats and there are a good variety of fish and chip shops, cafes and restaurants around the harbour area.

    Type of beach


    Lifeguard service


    Dogs friendly beach?

    Dogs are banned from May to September and dog bins are provided outside of these times. Dogs are permitted all year on the beach along the East Cliff area.

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    • Kayaking/canoeing
    • Diving & snorkelling
    • Good fishing
    • Jet-skiing
    • Sailing
    • Swimming/bathing
    • Surfing
    • Water skiing
    • Wind surfing


    • Cafe/restaurant
    • Toilets
    • Disabled facilities
    • Town centre nearby
    • Shop
    • Slipway

    Nearest town



    DT6 4EN

    OS grid ref.

    SY 4641 9018


    Car parking is available.

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