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West Bay – Dorset

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West Bay is a picturesque fishing village near Bridport on the south coast of England, which has recently become a big tourist attraction due to it being the location where the television series Broadchurch (starring David Tennant) was filmed.

The stone-walled harbour at West Bay protects the fishing boats from the strong waves that can build up in the English Channel, but it also adds to the quaintness of the area, and provides great views for visitors over the coastline, especially to the east where the East Cliff rises sharply to dominate the landscape.

The area is very popular with tourists, and as well as small hotels and B&B’s there are a number of camp sites and caravan parks nearby.

As expected there are a number of places where to eat and where you can buy local caught fish and shellfish, and the fresh sea air is guaranteed to give you an appetite.

There is so much to see in this area of Dorset, from historic ruins and monuments to conservation areas, and lots of places where you can walk and see spectacular views. You can also take sea fishing trips from West Bay and catch your own supper.

The golden sandstone East Cliff is worth walking up for the view, and also walking along the beach to admire it from below, but be careful because the heavy rains of 2012 have led to a number of cliff falls in the area.

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West Bay Dorset - The West Beach and new extension to the harbour West Bay Dorset - The East Cliff West Bay Dorset - the East Cliff and entrance to the harbour West Bay Dorset - The East Cliff West Bay Dorset - the entrance to the harbour West Bay Dorset - The East Cliff West Bay Dorset - looking west along the coast West Bay Dorset - the West Beach as seen from the entrance to the harbour West Bay Dorset - looking west towards Eype Beach West Bay Dorset - the harbour West Bay Dorset - the harbour West Bay Dorset - I couldn't resist snapping this

More Information About West Bay:
Broadchurch – The murder/mystery series starring David Tennant
West Bay Website – Lots of useful information

This area of Dorset is known as the Jurassic Coast and is a conservation area, famous for the number of fossils that have been found here.  It’s a very picturesque part of England, and within a handful of miles you will find:

Bridport a market town which is only a couple of miles inland from West Bay and which used to be famous for rope making, including hangman’s ropes.  Find a great place to eat, look at the art galleries, or take a tour of the Palmers Brewery.

Burton Bradstock just 3 miles east of West Bay is a small village with thatched cottages that date back to the 16th and 17th centuries. Rent a quaint cottage or B&B, and drop in to the award-winning Anchor Pub.

Eype Beach a lovely quiet shingle beach that is accessible only by driving a mile along a road that is barely wide enough for one vehicle. If you love somewhere quiet where all you can hear is the waves washing over the beach, you will love it here.

Golden Cap is the highest cliff on the south coast of England, rising to 627 feet and offering stunning views over the area, as far as Dartmoor to the west. From here there are over 25 miles of great walks along the coast and through some of the prettiest countryside in England.



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