West Bexington, Dorset
The sleepy village of West Bexington lies betwixt coast and country a little way off the main road from Bridport to Abbotsbury. A bumpy narrow track takes you to the shingle beach, hence it tends to be a quieter spot on the Jurassic Coast, plus the car park isn’t very big either. You could say it’s off the beaten track, untouched by commercialism, although there are public loos and in the season, a snack kiosk.
Going to West Bexington is like one of those lovely old fashioned day trips to the seaside; you carry your bags and your picnic hamper and your buckets and spades until you find a spot that suits you and then you settle down to sunbathe, read your book, play with the kids - whatever it is you like to do at the beach. The whole place just has such a lovely air about it, partly due to the backdrop of clifftop fields and the reedbeds in the nature reserve.
The beaches along this stretch of Chesil Beach shelve steeply not far into the water, which means it gets deep very quickly, so if you decide to go for a paddle you need to be aware of that. Chesil Beach is also good for mackerel fishing, and if you come here on a summers evening it’s nice to just sit and watch the anglers silhouetted against the setting sun.
West Bexington beach is dog friendly though some parts of it have restrictions from May to September.
All information correct at the time of writing