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A popular seaside resort with iconic golden cliffs

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Cliffs at West Bay

Known as the Golden Gateway to the Jurassic Coast, West Bay is a picturesque harbour settlement. Having featured throughout hit ITV series Broadchurch, West Bay is now one of Dorset’s most famous towns. Backed by dramatic sandstone cliffs, the area is truly spectacular. Whether you’re marvelling at the coastal scenery on a clifftop walk or exploring the local shops, you’re guaranteed to find something to float your boat at this beautiful resort.

To explore the area on foot, why not take to one of West Bay’s many coastal routes . A popular jaunt is the route from West Bay to Eype. Though very short at less than one mile, this is perfect for all ages and abilities to take in the sights and sounds of the coast. If you’d like a longer route, continue on to Seatown from Eype. A steep climb will be rewarded with stunning sea views. Stop at local pub The Anchor Inn for a refreshing pint of local ale or cider. If you’re hungry, tuck into a pulled ham, chorizo and mayo sandwich or a delicious cheese platter. If you’d like to set out on a day-long ramble, try the Brit Valley Way. This 11-mile route finishes inland at Chedington and follows the trail of the River Brit.

Boats in the harbour

For families, there are plenty of traditional seaside activities to enjoy in West Bay. Why not try crabbing in the harbour? For a more adventurous day out, try deep sea diving off the coast in the area known as The Bay of a Thousand Wrecks. In the heart of West Bay, discover independent shops, boutiques and traditional fish and chip shops.

“Having featured throughout hit ITV series Broadchurch, West Bay is one of Dorset’s most famous towns.”

West Bay is also known as Bridport Harbour and is a centre for fishing. If you’re craving seafood, you’re in the right place. Rachel’s serves only the finest fresh fish and creates tasty variations of traditional dishes as well as the more eclectic. Try the fisherman’s ploughman’s with fresh crab, prawns and Rachel’s homemade smoked mackerel pate. For something a little different, try the Monkfish, chorizo and red pepper parcel, all the while with a spectacular sea view. The Watch House Cafe is also revered for its delicious local food. Try the Cornish mussels with leeks, cider, garlic and cream or sample a mouth-watering wood fired pizza. For a pint of local ale or cider, check out The George or the Bridport Arms.

West Bay is just 5 minutes from the bustling market town of Bridport. If you’d like to indulge in a spot of retail therapy, Bridport is the place to be. It’s also close to Charmouth, Lyme Regis and Dorchester.

While you’re there

Seatown Beach

Showcasing West Bay's spectacular coastline, Seatown is the perfect place for a beach day.

West Bay

Comprising of West Beach and East Beach, West Bay offers plenty to enjoy.

Hive Beach Café

Enjoy the beautiful backdrop and delicious menus at The Hive Beach Café, located just outside West Bay in Burton Bradstock.

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