West Bay (West)

  • West Bay (West) - Dorset
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  • West Bay (West) - Dorset
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  • The village of West Bay, formerly known as Bridport Harbour, lies at the mouth of the River Brit, about one and a half miles south of Bridport. West Beach is one of the two beaches on either side of the harbour and it forms a cove between the Jurassic Pier (formerly known as the West Pier) and a protective rock groyne. 

    Although by far the smaller of the two, this beach is considered safer for children to play in the water than East Beach. The beach is composed of smooth pebbles, with some sand and shingle close to the water’s edge. The water quality is very good and it is a great place to spot crabs, fish and other sealife in the clear waters. 

    The Jurassic Pier, which is 240 metres long, was significantly improved in 2004.  It has wheelchair access and plenty of seating.  A restored 18th century cannon can be found on the pier.

    Parking is found along the esplanade.  If you’re looking for somewhere cheaper to park, a bit further away, try the car park to the left of the mini-roundabout as you drive into the village.  From here it’s a walk of around 5 minutes to the beach. There are plenty of places to eat around the harbour area.

    Walking paths, boat trips and other leisure activities are available in the area. Rowing boats can be hired for a trip up the River Brit.

    Type of beach


    Lifeguard service


    Dogs friendly beach?

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

    Dorset dog friendly beaches »


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


    • Cafe/restaurant
    • Toilets
    • Disabled facilities
    • Shop
    • Slipway
    • Promenade
    • Pier

    Nearest town



    DT6 4HQ

    OS grid ref.

    SY 4600 9042


    Car parking is available.

    Water quality

    Water quality star rating


    Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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