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West Bay

Originally Bridport Harbour, this small collection of houses, pubs and hotels was renamed West Bay in 1884 in an attempt to develop the area as a resort when the railway was extended down to the harbour. Popularised at the end of the 20th century by a television drama series set in the village and served by a large caravan park it receives a large number of visitors in summer months, some of the original tranquillity of this small fishing hamlet can still be found in the out-of-season months. Seen here late afternoon at the end of September.

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In the top row of pictures:

  • The small harbour at West Bay (picture)
  • Shared by pleasure boats and working fishing boats alike (picture)
  • In Victorian times the fishing hamlet was developed as a beach resort ... (picture)
  • ... including boating on the lake developed inshore of the sea defences (picture)
  • Is now best known for its good sea-fishing off the two jetties (picture)

In the bottom row of pictures:

  • To the east lies the start of Chesil Beach, a giant shingle bank stretching along the coast to the Isle of Portland (picture)
  • Also to the east are impressive weather-worn sandstone cliffs (picture)
  • To the west the cliffs are of softer sands and clays, and are more prone to erosion (picture)
  • Returning over the cliff-tops from Eype in the west, the view down to West Bay (picture)
  • At the end of the day, mooring up in the harbour (picture)

See also photo: fishermen, West Bay

Nearby locations that also feature in galleries on this site:


directionBride Valley, Puncknowle

directionGolden Cap, Lyme Regis

More views of Dorset in September

Other sites on the web

The coastline shown here forms part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site

West's Geology Field Guide to the Bridport Area - Pt.1 West Bay

The Dorset Page:   West Bay – local information and links to further resources on the web

Maps of the area on streetmap.co.uk:   1:50,000 – detail, 1:250,000 – locality and route to get there

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The pictures of West Bay in this gallery were captured at high resolution.
This is images of dorset stock photography gallery 034
All photographs copyright © 1998–2003 John Allen

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