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 an 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.


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 Awards & Accreditations

Our parks have been recognised as some of the best in Dorset and the South West. 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 - there is more information on the pages for each park.

dorset tourism awards gold 2021/222021 travelers choice tripadvisor awarddavid bellamy blooming marvellous pledge for nature 2022david bellamy conservation gold award 2020/21taste of the west south west england award 2022david bellmay conservation award honey bee friendly park awardgolden cap holiday park commended south westthe queens green canopy platinum jubilee logoplastic free champion surfers against sewage

What our guests say

  • The Most Magical Campsite

    We have just come back from the most magical few days staying at Highlands End. In fact, it was so good we extended our stay by a few days whilst on park. We are new to campsites and this was beyond my expectations

    Mr Scott - Tripadvisor
    Highlands End

  • Happy second visit

    Perfectly clean, ample space, lovely views, close to everything, what more could be asked for?

    Dan Pipper - Tripadvisor
    Golden Cap

  • Well maintained and quiet

    Lovely clean and tidy site. well maintained and quiet in walking distance to Hive Beach and West Bay only a couple of miles away over the coastal walk.

    Linda S - Google Reviews
    Graston Copse

  • Friendliest park on the Dorset coast

    Possibly the friendliest park on the Dorset coast. Staff are exceptional, very helpful and keep the place spotless. The views are fantastic. Showers and toilets are very modern and extremely clean.

    Mr Leck - Tripadvisor
    Highlands End

  • Fantastic

    This is a lovely quiet, friendly, well maintained site with very friendly, helpful staff who are knowledgeable about the local area and more than happy to pass on useful information to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.

    Nigel White - Tripadvisor

  • Wonderful three night stay

    Our pitch was spacious and quiet. The facilities were clean and a generous number of showers etc whatever time we needed them. A very picturesque site and plenty to do straight from the van without the need to drive

    Rachel L - Pitch Up
    Golden Cap

  • Beautiful weekend away

    This park is in a wonderful location. The local village is beautiful and only a 15 min walk along the river. The beach is then another 15 minutes along - again a beautiful walk. We were blessed with amazing weather so we spent the afternoon on Hive Beach.

    Clairey16 - Tripadvisor
    Graston Copse

  • Ideal base for exploring

    Ideal base for exploring Dorset , everywhere we wanted to visit was within easy reach . Site itself was very good, nice and quite and clean and staff very friendly.

    James S - Tripadvisor