West Bay

A small fishing village with picturesque harbour with places to eat and golden cliffs.

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2.9 miles from Highlands End
4.9 miles from Golden Cap
2.4 miles from Graston Copse
23.8 miles from Sandyholme

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West Bay is a charming little fishing village on the Jurassic Coast, located at the mouth of the river Brit and centered around a harbour with fishing and recreational boats. A promenade stretches around the harbour with ample seating areas to relax and watch the world go by. The Jurassic Pier extends past the harbour entrance and protrudes out into the sea, which gives you a unique perspective to view the Jurassic Coast in all its glory.

In recent years, West Bay has become an increasingly popular destination thanks to its appearance in the award-winning ITV series, Broadchurch. Viewers will recognise many of the landmarks from the hit show during a walk around the harbour. West Bay is just a 10-15 minute walk from our Highlands End Holiday Park, located on the cliff and hilltop overlooking the coast.

West Bay beaches

There is direct access to two beaches at West Bay, both of which have pay and display car parking close by. East Beach is a shingle beach that is flanked by the iconic East Cliff, which is golden in colour and follows the length of the bay. In the warmer months it is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic as you watch the boats sail in the distance. On a autumn or winter day it is equally wonderful for a blustery walk beach combing.

The beach to the west of the harbour is smaller and has rock groynes on either side making the water shallower so it is safer for swimming.

In the summer month a lifeguard services watches over the waters of both beaches. Dogs are not allowed on either beach from May to September but are welcome for the rest of the year.

Food and Drink

The small resort is renowned for its seafood, which can be purchased fresh from one of the small kiosks or restaurants surrounding the harbour. Enjoy a tasty bite to eat watching the boats land their days catch after a long day in the waters along the Jurassic Coast. We highly recommend an ice cream from Baboo Gelato or a meal at The West Bay or Rise.

Attractions

West Bay harbour is the hub of activities with a number of attractions to keep the whole family entertained. Why not try an exhilarating boat ride with Lyme Bay RIB Charter, an afternoon crabbing off the harbour side or a scenic fishing trip in the bay? Children can also have fun at the amusement arcades.

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Holidays in Dorset

At West Dorset Leisure Holidays, we have a great choice of accommodation and facilities across 4 family-run holiday parks on or near the Jurassic Coast - Highlands End, Golden Cap, Graston Copse and Sandyholme, as well as Caravan and Lodge Holiday Homes for sale.

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Our parks have been recognised as some of the best in Dorset. We're extremely proud of the awards and it's easy to see why our guests return year on year. You can be safe in the knowledge that you're staying at one of the best parks in the county! Please note awards vary by Park.

What our guests say

  • Very peaceful Park

    The wildlife is stunning, we were visited by the ducks on a regular basis which was lovely. Our visit was very enjoyable and we will definitely be back in the future!

    Sarah W - Pitch Up
    Sandyholme

  • 5 out of 5 isn't enough!

    This is simply our favorite touring park along the south coast. The location couldn't be better with views to die for and an abundance of fresh sea air. The park is spic and span and extremely well kept with very friendly staff.

    Big Caravan Adventures - Tripadvisor
    Highlands End

  • Best holiday ever!

    This is by far the best Holiday Park I have been to. The views are breath taking with easy access to the beach and nice coastal walks to West Bay. If you're looking for a relaxing holiday in a stunning location, then this is the place to come.

    Alison D - TripAdvisor
    Highlands End

  • Fantastic holiday once again

    We have been coming here now every year for about 10 years. Its our favourite place and the Park has everything we need.

    Andy M - TripAdvisor
    Highlands End

  • A little bit of heaven!

    Golden Cap is a little bit of heaven. The views are awesome, right next to the sea. It's all relaxed and low key just how we like it.

    Esther Woodhouse - Facebook
    Golden Cap

  • Idyllic setting

    Quiet site in a beautiful setting with exceptionally clean toilets and showers

    Anthony M - Pitch Up
    Graston Copse

  • Would definitely recommend

    Close to beach, a nice local pub, dog friendly and a very relaxed atmosphere.

    Dan M - Pitch Up
    Golden Cap

  • A tour of Dorset!

    An excellent Park as a base to visit the Dorset coast, Jurassic Coast, Chesil Beach, Lyme Regis, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, to name a few.

    Arthur D - Tripadvisor
    Graston Copse

  • Fantastic Park

    10 out of 10 is not enough for this Holiday Park. We have been here 3 times and we love it more and more every time. The park has all you need, with some pitches overlooking the sea and a great restaurant.

    Shirley Thompson - Tripadvisor
    Highlands End

  • A hidden gem

    The location is amazing, right on the beach and all the facilities are good. It's a hidden gem this one, one of the best parks in the country

    Mark Tee - Tripadvisor
    Golden Cap

  • Lovely tranquil campsite

    The location was great as we could easily walk to the village or local beaches through the beautiful countryside. I would recommend this campsite to families for a peaceful and safe stay.

    Sarah - Tripadvisor
    Graston Copse