A popular site, well known for golden cliffs of the Jurassic Coast in ITV drama ‘Broadchurch’. West Bay harbour is a working fishing harbour and has lovely flat walks, kiosks for food and plenty of opportunities to sit and take in the views!

West Bay is the perfect place for strolling and enjoying the views. Admire the boats in the harbour, the ever changing sea along the front and the wildlife in the the River Brit. West Bay is spoilt for choice when it comes to food and drink. There are places for locally caught seafood, hot pasties and good old pub grub as well as ice creams and fresh donuts!

After a busy day sit back and watch the sun set over the sea.

(c) Doug Chalk
West Bay by Diane Jarvis / Green Traveller

Explore West Bay stories

Situated on the edge of the east beach you will find the award winning West Bay Discovery Centre. Built inside the former historic Methodist Church the centre tells stories of West Bay, both past and present.

There is lots to discover in the quaint centre with interactive displays for all ages. They include the former shipbuilding industry, commercial fishing, the development of tourism and the surrounding environment of the Jurassic Coast. Admission is free.

If you want to find out more about the stories of West Bay read these interesting blogs.

West Bay looking East towards Freshwater (c) Kevin Westmancott

Dorset Food and Drink

In West Bay you will find the The Watch House. The café offers extensive outdoor seating areas with stunning views along the dramatic coastline.

Walk a little ... or a lot!

There are many opportunities for walking in this area, here are some suggestions:

  • Short walks: Take time and enjoy the views and wander around West Bay Harbour, along the front and down the piers – easily take an hour just strolling around.
  • Discovery Walks: Try one of these self guided trails put together by the West Bay Discovery Centre West Cliff & Eype or River & Railway walk
  • South West Coast Path: West Bay is part of the National Trail and the cliffs can be joined either side of West Bay. FIND OUT MORE
  • Jurassic Coaster: If you want to walk just one way, check out the X53 Jurassic Coaster bus route. FIND OUT MORE