West Bay is a picturesque fishing village nestled on the Devon coast. It is also known as Bridport Harbour and is a popular holiday destination. People have been flocking to West Bay for years; and for good reason. It’s a welcoming spot where you’ll find good food and excellent views. Read on for our Spotlight on… West Bay!
Did you know?
The hit ITV crime drama, Broadchurch, was filmed all around the West Bay area. The landscape informed the drama; the cliffs, the sea, the beach were all key elements of the story, with West Bay providing the memorable backdrop for the picturesque coastal town of Broadchurch.
Where is it?
You’ll find West Bay in Dorset. It is on a stunning stretch of coat within the Dorset Area of Outstanding Beauty.
What to do
Go Fossil Hunting on the Coastline
West Bay is in the heart of the World Heritage Site, the Jurassic Coast, which gets its name from the wealth of historic discoveries made along its coastline. Like neighbouring Lyme Regis, West Bay is home to countless fossil of pre-historic creatures. Enjoy a lovely day out of the beach with the whole family, walk along the coast and the cliffs and try to unearth your very own piece of history.
Brenscombe Outdoor Centre
There is no better way to enjoy great weather than going rocking climbing, tree top walking, or taking a boat trip along the coast. Brenscombe Outdoor Centre offers all three and many other exciting activities for their guests. Children and adults of all ages are sure to have their adventurous side brought out of them.
Land and Wave
If getting out onto the open waters is more the style of your family, be sure to check out Land and Wave. The company offers a large array of water activities such as sea kayaking, coasteering, and raft building. They are renowned for their excellent instructors, top notch kit and passion for the great outdoors.
What to eat
The Riverside Restaurant serves wonderfully fresh seafood. These high-quality dishes make the most of locally sourced fish. You can find it at the heart of West Bay and it is an excellent place for dinner after a long day of holiday fun. There are two levels of tables and from every table, you will find wonderful views out over the river and countryside.
Where to stay
This attractive, seaside cottage is located just a moment away from the wonderful West Bay coastline – meaning it’s only a short walk to the water’s edge! The property also has a wood burner for those cooler nights and lovely garden, ideal for dinner al fresco. It’s a delightful place to stay and explore West Bay.
Tempted by a last minute visit? Dorset has a lovely selection of cottages in all shapes and sizes. View them here…