West Bay - part of the Jurassic Coast
The Jurassic Coast covers 95 miles of truly stunning coastline, with rocks recording 185 million years of the Earth's history.
In recent years, West Bay has become best known as the setting for the popular TV drama Broadchurch. The spectacular cliffs have become a familiar backdrop for the series, and it’s even possible to take a Broadchurch-themed guided walk.
What makes it special
- Wonder at the 175 million year old crumbling cliffs
- Take a Broadchurch tour
Other things to do nearby
Discover the town's history and see artefacts from a nearby Roman hill-fort and the world famous rope and net making industries. Visit the Museum website
17th century working watermill and Museum of Rural Bygones. Tea room, local crafts and trout fishing in a peaceful, rural setting. Visit the Dorset Guide website
Courses and events inspired by the philosophy of River Cottage, from a night's dining through foraging and breadmaking courses.
Once you leave the village of West Lulworth, you'll discover flatter areas, perfect for a relaxed bike ride.
If you're looking for a more adventurous break, mountain biking around the Lulworth area of Dorset will get the legs and adrenaline pumping.
Just five minutes away from the South West Coastal Path, literally behind the hostel, Litton Cheney is the perfect stop over on your journey to Land's End.
9 miles World Famous Sanctuary with over 600 free flying swans. Baby swans hatch mid-May to end June. Mass feeding 12pm and 4pm daily. Visit the website
The famous River Cottage Canteen showcases the very best of South West produce, with menus changing daily.
8 miles An 18 mile long pebble beach, stretching north-west from Portland to West Bay, with important areas for wildlife. Visit the website
Hop on a narrow gauge heritage tram between Seaton, Colyford and Colton and get an unrivalled view of the River Axe estuary and two nature reserves.
Seaton Jurassic is the south west's newest and most exciting day out. Take a journey through time to worlds familiar and alien.
Take a walk down to Beer's beautiful beach and hire a traditional wooden boat for the day.
There are a few different types of walks available around Beer.
There are several different day trips for cyclists starting from Beer.
Hire a traditional wooden motor boat off Beer beach for mackerel fishing, angling or just a trip around the bay.
630 miles of superb coastline, the South West Coastal Path makes up the longest National Trail in the UK. On the way take in the heritage, wildlife, geology and scenery to truly inspire you.