793
trips planned today
4.6
out of 5
Trustscore rating
©

West Bay trip planner

Create a fully customized
day by day itinerary for free

Trip Planner Europe  /  UK  /  England  /  Dorset  /  Bridport  /  West Bay

West Bay

4.1
Bodies of Water · Kayaking & Canoeing · Flea Markets
West Bay, also known as Bridport Harbour, is a small harbour settlement and resort on the English Channel coast in Dorset, England, sited at the mouth of the River Brit approximately 1.5mi south of Bridport. The area is part of the Jurassic Coast, a World Heritage Site.The harbour at West Bay is not a natural landscape feature and it has a long history of having been silted up, blocked by shingle and damaged by storms, and each time repairs, improvements and enlargements have subsequently been made. The harbour has been moved twice: it was originally 1mi inland, then was moved to the coast beside the East Cliff, then was moved again 270m along the coast to the west, where it is located today.The previous main commercial trade of the harbour—exporting Bridport's ropes and nets—declined in the second half of the 19th century. When the railway arrived in 1884, attempts were made to provide the settlement with the facilities of a resort, and today West Bay has a mixed economy of tourism and fishing.HistoryBridport historically needed a harbour to export its principal products, rope and nets. Originally the harbour was about 1mi inland, close to the town, and its exit to the sea—the river mouth—was 270m east of its current position. The Anglo-Saxons and Normans struggled to keep the harbour open because the river mouth repeatedly silted up and was blocked by shingle from Chesil Beach, so eventually a system of sluices was devised to help keep it clear.
Make your own West Bay vacation itinerary, with a little help from those that know the place like the back of their hands, by using our United Kingdom trip planner.
Source

Plan your trip to West Bay

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in West Bay

4.4
Duration: 2 hours
5.0
Duration: 4 hours
4.3
Duration: 30 minutes
2.9
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from West Bay

Where to stay in West Bay

Browse hotels, guesthouses, and unique homes and book your stay on the world's leading accommodation sites.
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor
2 adults
Adults (12 +)
- +
Children (2-11)
- +
Infants (Under 2)
- +
Close
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
2 adults
Adults (12 +)
- +
Children (2-11)
- +
Infants (Under 2)
- +
Close

Recently planned trips to Bridport

4 days in Bridport BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM October, popular sights Preferences: October Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 14 days in Dorset BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM October, kids, popular sights Preferences: October, kids Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 6 days in Dorset BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM October, popular sights Preferences: October Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 7 days in Dorset BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM October, popular sights Preferences: October Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 23 days in England BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, popular sights Preferences: September Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 6 days in Dorset BY A USER FROM JAPAN August, teens, popular sights Preferences: August, teens Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 8 days in United Kingdom BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, teens, popular sights Preferences: August, teens Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 8 days in Dorset BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, popular sights Preferences: August Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 31 days in England BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM September, popular sights Preferences: September Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 21 days in England BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, popular sights Preferences: August, teens Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 15 days in England BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, kids, popular sights Preferences: August, kids Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 4 days in Bridport BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM August, teens, kids, popular sights Preferences: August, teens, kids Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium
See more plans