West Bay Harbour
West Bay Harbour
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  • DebsA89
    40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    Nice harbour and great places to sit and people watch. A few places to eat around the boat marina, mostly fast food but nice and friendly. A walk down The Cobb (Pier) was a must to get the views of the beach/rock cliffs. A few great shops too, which my mother in law enjoyed very much, buying 'another' handbag and some clothes in Finesse. Wish we had gone to the Customs House antique centre but was not able to. Nice Tiki bars in that part too. Would recommend a visit if you are in the area.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 22, 2023
  • bonjgb1009
    Poole, United Kingdom889 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful little town, beach and harbour
    A beautiful little town, beach and harbour Many amenities dotted around, restaurant, pubs, fish and chips, also pleasant little shops. Car parking is relatively limited, easy off-peak. The harbour is a lovely walk especially out on the two concrete walls. The beach is very good with views of the exceptional cliffs along the coast. Stunning little walk around, sunrise and sunset are brilliant.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 10, 2023
  • johnpZ4299KQ
    Sidmouth, United Kingdom891 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a vist
    A busy little harbour with pleasure trips and a few commercial fishing vessels. Some fish stalls offer tasty fish and chips to sit and eat while watching the boats. A large car park at the old station
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 14, 2023
  • Mic L
    Hampshire, United Kingdom565 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pretty harbour setting.
    Disappointed with Bridport especially the problem trying to find a parking space it was a pleasure to find West Bay the opposite - lots of parking despite the obviously busy feel to the place. Plenty to do and see with a climb up the west cliffs gives a fantastic view across West Bay itself. Lots of opportunities for food and of course ice cream - a great spot for camping and caravans.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Dusty5471
    Cleethorpes, United Kingdom147 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    We ventured to West bay for something different after booking a glamping tent at the holiday park, and I have to say we really enjoyed it. The small harbour town that is West bay is a joy to meander around taking in the local scenes and the like. There are numerous eateries, several pubs and a little courtyard area with several licenced café/ bars to boot. The harbour itself plays host to company offering boat trips of all descriptions and they were very busy on this particular day. The beach itself is a shingle one and the holiday park certainly helps to keep the local scene vibrant.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 13, 2023
  • rarewords
    Buckingham, United Kingdom18 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely Place
    I used to holiday here as a child and not been back since 1979. Spent a week here, lovely early morning walks on beach and round the harbour with my dog. Considering there are plenty of bins around there is no excuse for people not picking up their dogs poo.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 15, 2023
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Hedgepiggler
Dorset, UK18 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
We booked harbour view through holiday cottages Dorset so we thought it would be ok.
Oh boy we’re we wrong on the 1st morning we woke up there were 2 jcb diggers outside are window hammering it started before 8am great start not.
They were putting new wood around the harbour and had a lot to put in so would be there all week.
So we contacted holiday cottages and they said they would have to ask the owner if we could get out of are booking and offered us nothing the owner called us back and said her mum had a cottage in Bridport so we had a look.
We decided to take this as this was are only choice but not very happy as we booked sea view and got stuck in a town a lot different than sea view.
When we got to the cottage in bridport we had to pick up a lot of dog poo in garden the shower was broke and there was something crawling in the kitchen celing.
Also it was freezing in there they had signs saying don’t touch any dials to turn it up we spent a fortune on wood for the wood burner.
So to sum it up we booked a lovely sea view apartment and got a sleazy cottage and holiday cottages didn’t give a dam they take your money and take no blame for anything
Written April 27, 2020
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cherriesfan_9
Cheltenham, UK6,583 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Not having seen "Broadchurch" we were a bit at a loss to follow and appreciate the various locations featured in the drama. That said we enjoyed West Bay, the harbour does not have the postcard pretty features of nearby Lyme Regis, but it does have a gritty realness with its working harbour.
The harbour itself is protected by two piers jutting out into the English Channel. Inside of the sheltered harbour Inshore fishing boats and trawlers are side by side with Dive boats and some pleasure craft.
For visitors, the holiday mix of an interesting view , with ice cream kiosks / cafes / pubs also fish and chip huts makes, for many, a traditional day at the seaside.
The nearby beach needs a bit more management as the "storm" ledge have made a big drop all along the beach to the waters edge. As with this part of West Dorset, the beaches here are more stone than sand, and at West Bay the tide has over the years ensured medium size stones. Good cafes and pubs nearby.
Great place for just watching and wandering.
Written September 22, 2020
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Andrew B
Blandford Forum, UK24 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
We love West Bay and regularly travel there for days out as we live in Dorset. Over the last few years we have usually travelled there in our motorhome and parked in the Station Yard car park, where there were designated motorhome bays.
Unfortunately, these bays have now been moved to the West Bay Road car park and we told of this by a very grumpy Enforcement Officer.
Motorhomes are classified on the information board as anything in which you could live in, so this includes even day vans like VW Transporters.
In the West Bay Road car park there are a number of bays marked for motorhomes under 6 metres and only 4 bays for vehicles over 6 metres - realistically anything bigger than a 2 berth.
The under 6 m bays are exactly 6 metres long and the lane to enter and exit is about 6 metres wide. Manoeuvring could be tight if the bays are full up or cars have overshot the spaces opposite, as they had when we visited.
The bays in the Station Yard car park were well positioned and easy to get in and out of at any time. The new bays in West Bay Road car park are poorly positioned and are likely to be difficult to use at bust times.
Written November 25, 2022
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elizabethlV6977MN
Bournemouth, UK163 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Enjoyed a longer stop than planned on our way home from Cornwall at West Bay. It was a beautiful beach to walk northwards from the harbour with 3 dogs. Fossils to find and wonderfully interesting rocks to pick up and study. Great views. We'll walk the grassy slopes the next visit for a different view of the same coastline.

The harbour itself it very picturesque with hills overlooking and boats moored for pleasure and fishermen.
We ate some of the best Fish & Chips we've had from a small cafe called Snack Shack.

Really lovely place we'll visit again for longer next time.
Written October 12, 2020
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Brit holiday fans
Plymouth, UK141 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
What a beautiful place. We visited here on our way home from a trip to Bournemouth. We had booked a caravan holiday to stay here earlier in the year but sadly due to Covid it was cancelled, so we wanted to see what we were missing...it certainly confirmed to us that we were disappointed it didn't go ahead, what a beautiful place West Bay is.

We parked in the first car park you come to and it was £2 all day! Brilliant value and literally about two minutes away from the harbour. There are a number of food huts dotted around the harbour which looked fab, we went to Rachel's hut and I cannot recommend it enough it was incredible!

The beach was absolutely beautiful and you could see it went on for miles. Sadly as this was just a pit stop for us, we weren't dressed properly for a decent walk so didn't go too far along the beach and the tide was coming in too.
Looking up at the cliffs was incredible.

We will definitely be back to walk further on the beach or cliff tops, fishing in the harbour and more food from Rachel's!

Definitely worth a visit. No matter what age you are, from young to old there's plenty to enjoy here for a relaxing day.
Written July 9, 2020
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Rod Evans
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Solo
After visiting west bay on a very wet and windy day I visited the Cornish bakery for a warm up and a hot drink, I was made to feel very welcome by the staff and had service with a smile. I will be recommending to friends. I will also say that the measures to protect customers and staff from covid is outstanding. Keep up the good work.
Written October 28, 2020
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machinmad
Yaxley, UK2,475 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
The large NT car park is right on the beach edge, with views clear across the bay. We were there, as were lots of other people, to see the sun go down on a beautiful Autumn day. Wisps of cloud interrupt the suns journey as it descended below the horizon, creating golden orange and purple colours that filled the whole sky.
Written November 22, 2020
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Ann H
York, UK2,437 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We really didn't know what to expect when we arrived after a visit to nearby Bridport but we were very pleasantly surprised with what we found. A pretty harbour, beach area and a marina together with lovely little kiosks, cafes and shops - something for everyone to enjoy. More upmarket restaurants and pubs as well made this a great all round destination.
Written July 31, 2022
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john s
10 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
West Bay Harbour near Bridport, Dorset, UK. Charming little place, no real attraction apart from a stony beach and a harbour for mainly very small local dinghys and the odd inshore fishing vessel. Essentially the place is fairly pointless but busy with many tourists wandering aimlessly about wondering what they were actually doing there.
It is however a very good launch pad for some great walks along the South Coast path, especially if you don't mind steep hills and less often trodden paths once away from the main town. All very well sign posted.
However the car park in West Bay is very expensive. Stupid really as it is the council attempting to wring every last penny out of the poor motorist with extortionate fees. We would have almost certainly stayed far longer had it not been for the pressing need to arrange a second mortgage to pay the exorbitant parking fees. Thus depriving the local traders of our custom. Short sighted greed by the council or what. Will probably not bother to visit this quaint little spot again as a result.
Written August 20, 2023
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natters14
Portsmouth, UK3,313 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Lovely setting especially on a nice day.

The Harbour has a number of food huts dotted around along with pubs, cafes and a few places to stay. There’s a great tradition for crabbing here too particularly for families and little ones.

Having visited a few times now, I would say there is a need for more seating areas especially during busy times but also undercover in bad weather.
Written September 12, 2020
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