Shingle beach with an award-winning seafood cafe and beautiful walks.
Burton Bradstock is a small village located on the Jurassic Coast road, between Bridport and Abbotsbury. Once a fishing and farming village, it has retained many original features and is known for its beautiful 16th and 17th century chocolate box thatched cottages. The village is quiet and quaint with a picturesque church, small play park and village green. There are two traditional pubs in the village, each serving a range of delicious meals and locally brewed Palmers beer.
Just a short walk from the village, you will find Hive Beach, a one mile stretch of the renowned Chesil Beach, which runs from West Bay to Portland. Unlike the eastern end of Chesil, which is predominantly made up of large pebbles, Hive has a sloping shingle and sand bank. It is an ideal spot for families looking for space to enjoy a picnic on a warm summers day.
Golden cliffs follow the length of the beach, which creates a beautiful backdrop for a walk along the shoreline. The South West Coast Path runs parallel to edge of the cliffs, in either direction, rewarding hikers with spectacular views across Lyme Bay and along the coast.
The beach at Burton Bradstock is a favourite amongst anglers and a varieties of species can be caught throughout the year. On the beach itself, the multi award-winning Hive Beach Cafe serves some of the freshest seafood on the south coast. The cafe has a large decked area under canvas, so you can sit outside and enjoy the sea air. Take a moment to stop here to enjoy some peace and quiet and watch the waves roll in. On the clifftop you will find the Seaside Boarding House with its terrace, cocktail bar and restaurant.
Hive Beach is managed by the National Trust, which means that parking is free to members. Non members can use the car park on a pay and display basis. There are public toilets next to the cafe. Dogs are not allowed on the beach from June to October but are welcome along to the east at Cogden Beach.