West Bay (West)


West Bay (West)
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Water Quality

Annual classification

2018 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

The beach is mainly of fine pebbles with shingle and sand near to the water’s edge. West beach is a cove which has been formed between the west pier of the harbour and a protective rock groyne. Safety posters exist giving general advice.


There’s lots going on here, popular activities include: swimming, sailing, fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, water skiing, wind surfing, power boating and sea canoeing. There is no zoning for water sports in place and there is a Children’s play area at the beach.

Wildlife and Walks

West Bay is on the South West Coastal Path and forms a convenient stop for walkers with its harbour. pubs & food kiosks. The meadows alongside the River Brit are worth exploring.

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Environment Agency, during the bathing season, 15th May to 30th September.
Find out more about designated bathing waters.

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land.
Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2018 Excellent

What does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either:

Excellent — the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest

Good — generally good water quality

Sufficient — meets minimum standards

Poor — You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

This beach is not yet classified, please see our safety tips below or contact the local beach operator for further information.

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach

For more information visit rnli.org.uk.

Facilities at West Bay (West)

Campsite Campsite Food Food Toilets Toilets Shops Shops Bins Bins Slipway Slipway



Car parking is available.

Dog restrictions


Dogs not allowed May 1st to September 30th.

Beach cleaning

The beach is manually cleaned by West Dorset District Council.


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