Local Towns and Villages

There are many beautiful and historic towns and villages within a close distance of West Bay. We recommend the following for a visit.


Birdport Market


The Jurassic Coast- Between West Bay and Lyme Regis


Bridport is a bustling market town with a regular market on Wednesdays and Saturdays. There is also a popular Farmers’ Market on the second Saturday each month.

Burton Bradstock is a small coastal village a few miles east of Bridport. The quiet beach is a must and the Hive Beach Café is a popular local place to eat – only yards from the beach.

Beaminster, standing at the head of the Brit Valley, is becoming an increasingly popular and fashionable small town. There are charming boutique shops where you can browse and sample the local fare.

The picturesque seaside town of Lyme Regis is dominated by the Cobb – its famous 13th century harbour. It is the perfect place to visit for a day – browse the local shops, eat at one of the many restaurants, relax on the beach, take a fishing trip or play crazy golf.

A trip to Seatown gives you the opportunity to walk up Golden Cap – the highest point on the south coast of England. You can also enjoy a drink and a bite to eat at the popular and welcoming Anchor Inn.

The Jurassic Coast covers 25 miles of coastline and has been designated a World Heritage Site – ranking it alongside the Grand Canyon and Great Barrier Reef as one of the natural wonders of the world. The 190 million year old rocks and cliffs ensure fantastic fossil hunting opportunities, with the beaches around Charmouth and Lyme Regis providing the ideal location.

Over 40% of Dorset has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. In West Dorset you can lose yourself amongst the peace and tranquillity of this unspoilt part of the country. There are nearly 300 coast and countryside guided walks to choose from and numerous leisurely pub strolls. If you choose to walk some of the South West Coast Path you’ll be rewarded with some breath-taking coastal views.

Sherborne is a beautify town and is well worth a visit. With its abundance of medieval buildings, Sherborne had much to offer visitors.  Superb 1300 year old Abbey – an important early example of perpendicular architecture and burial place of two Saxon kings.  Two castles –one a romantic ruin and the other a ‘new’ Castle designed by Sir Walter Raleigh, with gardens designed in part by Capability Brown in 1753. Cheap Street, lined with boutique shops, art galleries, delicatessens and coffee shops.