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Storm Watching in Dorset

Winter in Dorset is fantastic for storm watching. For many, it’s a thrilling experience seeing the powerful waves crashing on the shoreline, while enjoying the rejuvenating sea air.

All of our holiday parks are on, or near the coastline, so wrap up warm, get your waterproofs on and taking a look from a safe place on the coast path. Afterwards, cosy up in your accommodation, relax with a sauna and steam at Highlands End Leisure Club, or sip on a delicious hot chocolate at a local cafe.

We have accommodation including lodges and touring pitches available all-year-round. Scroll through our favourite locations for enjoying some dramatic weather on the Dorset coast…

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West Dorset Leisure Holidays
West Dorset Leisure Holidays
Our Top Locations

Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis, known as the “Pearl of Dorset”, has a unique location on the coastline. The town has a troubled past with storms and coastal erosion and the cliffs between the town and nearby Charmouth are the most active cliffs in Europe.

The Cobb harbour wall dates back hundreds of years and protects the town from Southwesterly storms. The wall creates a stunning spectacle during storms with giant waves crashing against it and rising up over the harbour and buildings.

There are plenty of cafes along the seafront and safe places from which to view storms in Lyme Regis. A favourite location of ours is from Langmoor Gardens located on the cliffside overlooking the seafront.

Golden Cap is our closest park to Lyme Regis, with accommodation including lodges, caravans, glamping and pitches for touring and camping.

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West Bay

West Bay is a fishing village with harbour on the Jurassic Coast, just a short walk from our holiday parks at Eype. The town is situated in the valley between golden sandstone cliffs to the east and the grey clay cliffs to the west.

It’s a popular location for storm watching with waves hitting against the golden cliffs, as well as the two piers that jut out into Lyme Bay, protecting the town and harbour.

The piers and seafront promenades are a good place to watch the waves from, except during larger storms when waves can overtop these, in which case we prefer the coast path on West Cliff as you approach West Bay from our our Highlands End Holiday Park.

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Portland Bill

The Isle of Portland extends south off the Dorset coast into the English Channel and has a very different geography to other areas of the Jurassic Coast. The Portland Limestone here is incredibly tough and has been used to build some of the most well-known buildings in the World, which have stood the test of time.

Because of its location, it’s one of the most affected areas during storms and often sees the biggest waves and strongest winds of anywhere on the Dorset coast. Down at Portland Bill, you will find the lighthouse, a cafe and Pulpit rock.

There are many great spots to watch the waves crashing against the coastline, including a section where the waves are funnelled between two cliffs before blasting up into the sky like water from a whale’s blowhole.

Sandyholme and Graston Copse are our closest holiday parks to Portland Bill.

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Burton Bradstock

Located at the opposite end of the golden sandstone cliffs at West Bay, is Hive Beach at Burton Bradstock. This is a really pretty and popular beach in the chocolate village, found along the Jurassic Coast Road between Bridport and Weymouth.

The beach features Hive Beach Cafe, a great place from which to view the waves and the South West Coast Path goes up the cliff, giving a higher viewpoint over the beach.

During larger storms, the waves here crash against the golden cliffs, which looks spectacular! There’s a large National Trust car park and nearby highly recommended pubs in the village – The Three Horseshoes and The Anchor Inn.

Graston Copse Holiday Park is just a 20-30 minute walk from Hive Beach and our Larkfield Holiday Park is just a few hundred metres from the beach. This park is exclusively for holiday home ownership.

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Chesil Cove

Chesil Beach extends from West Bay in West Dorset, all the way to The Isle of Portland next to the resort town of Weymouth. The beach is known for storms and Chesil Cove is one of the most affected and at-risk areas during large storms, with the town of Chiswell nestled behind the beach.

Be aware that during the larger storms, the road behind the beach that connects the Isle of Portland to Weymouth, can be cut off and closed.

A great place to watch the waves if you are able to visit Portland during adverse weather, is from Portland Heights, next to the Olympic Rings monument. From here, you have a clear view over miles and miles of Chesil Beach and can see the waves, sometimes up to 30ft high, riding up the beach.

Sandyholme and Graston Copse are our closest parks to Chesil Cove.

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Make a Booking

If you’re interested in storm watching in Dorset, why not stay at one of our holiday parks on or near the Jurassic Coast. Here at West Dorset Leisure Holidays, we offer a great range of holidays with accommodation including lodges, glamping pods, caravans and pitches for touring and camping!

Perfect Accommodation for Storm Watching

The following accommodation across our parks is perfect for storm watching, with sea views or just a short walk to the coast path or beach!

Highlands End

Gravel Pitch
Units up to 10m

Units up to 10m
(32.8 ft)

Dog Friendly (£, max 2)

Dog Friendly (£, max 2)
Max of 2 & charges apply

Use of Leisure Club (£)

Use of Leisure Club (£)
Charges apply

Wifi Available (£)

Wifi Available (£)
Charges apply

16 Amp Electric Hook-Up

16 Amp Electric Hook-Up

Sea View

Golden Cap

Lodge
3 Bedroom

3 Bedroom

Sleeps 6

Sleeps 6

Dog Friendly (£, max 2)

Dog Friendly (£, max 2)
Max of 2 & charges apply

Sea View

Sea View

Saturday Arrivals Only

Saturday Arrivals Only

Golden Cap

Jurassic Escape Pod
2 Bedroom

2 Bedroom

Sleeps 4

Sleeps 4

Not Dog Friendly

Not Dog Friendly

Friday or Monday Arrivals Only

Friday or Monday Arrivals Only

Bed Linen Optional (£)

Bed Linen Optional (£)
Charges apply

Sea View

Highlands End

Lodge
2 Bedroom

2 Bedroom

Sleeps 4

Sleeps 4

Dog Friendly (£, max 2)

Dog Friendly (£, max 2)
Max of 2 & charges apply

Sea View

Sea View

Friday or Monday Arrivals Only

Friday or Monday Arrivals Only

New for 2024!

Highlands End

Gold Pod
Sleeps 2 Adults & 2 Child

Sleeps 2 Adults & 2 Child

Dog Friendly (£, max 1)

Dog Friendly (£, max 1)
Max of 1, charges apply

Friday or Monday Arrivals Only

Friday or Monday Arrivals Only

Bed Linen Optional (£)

Bed Linen Optional (£)
Charges apply

Duvet & Pillows Provided

Duvet & Pillows Provided

Sea View

Highlands End

Lodge
2 Bedroom

2 Bedroom

Sleeps 4

Sleeps 4

Dog Friendly (£, max 2)

Dog Friendly (£, max 2)
Max of 2 & charges apply

Sea View

Sea View

Friday or Monday Arrivals Only

Friday or Monday Arrivals Only

Highlands End

Grass Pitch
Units up to 8m

Units up to 8m
(26.2 ft)

Dog Friendly (£, max 2)

Dog Friendly (£, max 2)
Max of 2 & charges apply

Use of Leisure Club (£)

Use of Leisure Club (£)
Charges apply

Wifi Available (£)

Wifi Available (£)
Charges apply

16 Amp Electric Hook-Up

16 Amp Electric Hook-Up

Sea View

Golden Cap

Lodge
3 Bedroom

3 Bedroom

Sleeps 6

Sleeps 6

Not Dog Friendly

Not Dog Friendly

Sea View

Sea View

Friday or Monday Arrivals Only

Friday or Monday Arrivals Only

Golden Cap

Big Berries Meadow Pitch
No Electric Hook-Up

No Electric Hook-Up

Dog Friendly (£, max 2)

Dog Friendly (£, max 2)
Max of 2 & charges apply

Wifi Available (£)

Wifi Available (£)
Charges apply

Any Day Arrivals

Any Day Arrivals

Suitable For Tents & Campervans Only

Suitable For Tents & Campervans Only

Sea View

Golden Cap

Lodge
3 Bedroom

3 Bedroom

Sleeps 6

Sleeps 6

Not Dog Friendly

Not Dog Friendly

Sea View

Sea View

Saturday Arrivals Only

Saturday Arrivals Only

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