West Bexington sits on part of the incredible Chesil beach which is a phenomenal sight; an 18 mile mound of golden shingle. The coastal path here is right on the beach with panoramic views out to sea. You can walk easily to Burton Bradstock. The Blue Anchor Cafe just set back from the beach itself, is a great part of history from my favourite era, the ’60’s. Its a bungalow with kitsch interiors and owners who have kept themselves in that timewarp too. The Beach Chalets to the East of the seafront are to die for…
- Easy parking on the seafront
- Walk straight onto the coastal path from the car park
- Cafe closed for deepest Winter months
- Refreshments at The Hive (open all year) in Burton Bradstock.
A tucked away beach to the West of Bridport. There is just a pub, a campsite, a car park and stunning views. Walk along the cliffs to Golden Cap, the highest point in Dorset, or relax in peace on the beach. My kids love digging away at the hidden streams under the shingle meandering to the sea. Eat simply at the Anchor Inn www.theanchorinnseatown.co.uk and enjoy the vista from its beachfront tables; or fire up a beach barbeque.
- Good fossiling and fishing beach
- Beach signed off the A35 in Chideock
- Perfect escape on high days and holidays
- Great food in Chideock from ex River Cottage chef at The George Inn, thegeorgeinnchideock.co.uk
On leaving Weymouth you follow the edges of the 18 mile long Chesil Beach and follow its curve through Portland to get to Chesil Cove. One of the best bribes for all, to reward after a long walk on the beach, is Quiddles Cafe – a small seafood cafe with a short menu of good simple food. I love the mackerel pate, for some reason it tastes so much better than any I have ever made. Maybe its the stunning view out to sea. In milder climes you can sit out at the front along the promenade.
- www.quiddles.co.uk, check for opening times.
- Thursday evenings open for paella.
- Easy walking along promenade, tougher on the shingle.
- Brilliantly located skate park on the beach as you are leaving the Cove towards Weymouth.