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A journey worth making
You can find West Bay Discovery Centre adjacent to the Bridport Arms Car Park on East Beach.
Address: West Bay Discovery Centre The Chapel on the Beach, West Bay, Dorset DT6 4EN Telephone: 01308 427288
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Walking Trails to West Bay
West Bay Discovery Centre is located along the South West Coast Path , the UK’s longest waymarked National Trail of 630 miles. The trail follows the coastline from Minehead in Somerset to the shores of Poole Harbour. The path is not solely the domain of the endurance walker. Its various segments are enjoyed by many millions of visitors throughout the year, who come to marvel at the natural scenery on offer.
There is a number of options walking from Bridport either by taking the Walk/Cycleway along the old Bridport- West Bay railway line or alternatively taking the walk along the river starting from behind Palmers Brewery.
Cycle routes to West Bay
Bridport is on Route 2 of the National Cycle Network for further details visit the Sustrans website. An improved cycleway links the market town of Bridport to West Bay (part off-road) along the old Maiden Newton- Bridport- West Bay railway line. There are a number of secure bike racks located at the end of the cycleway next to the toilets in West Bay Road Car Park.
Car Directions to West Bay
(If using sat nav, our postcode is DT6 4EN)
If you are coming by car take the A35 towards Bridport.
- From Dorchester heading west towards Bridport at 1st roundabout take the 1st exit and at 2nd roundabout take the 2nd exit into West Bay.
- From Axminster heading east towards Bridport at the first roundabout take the 4th exit into West Bay.
Car Parks West Bay
There are various car parks in West Bay. The Discovery Centre is located next to the Bridport Arms Car park, however all car parks in West Bay are within a five minute walk from the Centre and various charges apply, see here.
Bus links to West Bay
We are a two-minute walk from the West Bay bus stop turn left and you will see us facing you across the harbour, we are in the former Chapel left of the Bridport Arms.
First Group run two main routes serving Bridport and West Bay. The X51 runs between Dorchester South and Axminster train stations, serving Bridport town centre, at least once every hour. The X53 runs between Weymouth and Axminster train station, along the stunning B3157 Coast Road, serving both Bridport and West Bay.
From 28 May – 5 September 2021 there will be an open top Jurassic Coaster the X52 running between Monkey World, Bovington Tank Museum, Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door, Weymouth, Abbotsbury, West Bay and Bridport, providing spectacular views of Chesil Beach and transporting you to popular visitor attractions along the Jurassic Coast.
Please check websites prior to visiting for up to date travel information here.
Coach trips to West Bay
Customers on coach trips to West Bay will usually be dropped off in the main West Bay Car park follow the signs to the Harbour, at the Cornish Pasty House turn left and walk along the raised bank. The Discovery Centre is at the end of this path next door to the Bridport Arms.
Train stations nearest to West Bay
The nearest train stations to Bridport and West Bay are as follows:
- Maiden Newton (12 miles) – services between Gloucester and Weymouth (including Bristol Temple Meads)
- Crewkerne (12 miles) – services between London Waterloo and Exeter St David’s
- Axminster (13 miles) – services between London Waterloo at Exeter St David’s
- Dorchester West (15 miles) – services between Gloucester and Weymouth (including Bristol Temple Meads)
- Dorchester South (15 miles) – services between London Waterloo and Weymouth.
Further information about fares and routes can be found at Trainline.