West Bay Marina - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
The Marina at West Bay, between the beaches of Eype and Burton Bradstock, lies on the famous Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. Originally known as Bridport Harbour, and named Port Bredy in Thomas Hardy novels, it was once navigable up the River Brit as far as the market town of Bridport, about 1½ miles inland.
A train line was opened in 1884, linking the port with the main line to Dorchester, but the line was eventually closed in 1975 and only the station building now remains. West Bay now has this small marina and is a popular tourist attraction; it was also the location for the BBC series "Harbour Lights".
West Bay Marina - FURTHER INFORMATION
West Bay Marina - Bridport visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'West Bay Marina' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Dorset.
The West Bay Marina is a small marina or inner harbour at West Bay near Bridport in Dorset. On the Jurassic Coast, the marina is protected by the 'Jurassic Wall', a new outer-harbour wall stretching out into the sea around the West Bay Harbour. As shown in this picture, anchorage here is on chained moorings and is tidal so at low tide the boats lie on the harbour floor.
The marina is managed by Bridport Harbour authority, and further details should be obtained from them. The marina and harbour are surrounded with promenades lined with various shops, cafes and restaurants. There is a slipway in the harbour allowing easy access of boats to Lyme Bay for cruising along the Jurassic Coast.
For land visitors, the marina is a relaxing place to rest and watch the boats and sea. It has easy access to West Bay Beach and the Southwest Coast Path and Golden Cap, popular for walking with views along the coast from Devon to Portland Bill.
Bridport Harbour Office, West Bay West Bay,
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Car: 2 miles south of Bridport on the West Bay road. Parking next to West Bay Beach or the Bridport Arms pub.