West Bexington, Dorset
A steeply shelving shingle beach on the West Dorset coast about 6 miles from Bridport, reached via a short drive down through a single village street. It tends to be quieter here because it’s not a beach for swimming (the undertow can be very strong) but you do see families here, and it’s very popular with anglers because the fishing is very good; mackerel in the summer, bass and flounders in the autumn.
Behind the beach is a nature reserve of wetlands and coastal scrub, which is quite a draw for nature lovers. The car park is right by the beach and there are loos and a shop/tearoom. West Bexington is great for those who just like to be by the sea, away from the crowds; pick a nice day, take a picnic, walk the dog (restrictions in place), stay and watch the sunset.