West Dorset Coast

Burton Bradstock

Information, ideas, places to visit and where to stay for visitors to the West Dorset Coast

Burton Bradstock

Burton Bradstock is an attractive village on the 'Jurassic Coast Road', the B3157, which is a dramatic drive along the famous coastline with spectacular views of Chesil Beach.

The village has a large number of thatched cottages, two pubs, a post office / shop, and a petrol station / garage with shop. The two pubs are both well respected locally for the quality of their food.

The beach is accessed from a National Trust car park (free parking for members). The beach forms one end of the famous Chesil Beach which stretches all the way to Weymouth.

As with most of the Jurassic Coast the cliffs are eroding, and are subject to regular rock falls, and must therefore be treated with respect. The South West Coast path passes through Burton Bradstock beach area, but erosion and rock falls mean that you should be prepared for closures and diversions. Burton Bradstock beach (and most of Chesil beach) is also extremely popular with fishermen.

The increasingly well known Hive Beach Cafe is situated right next to the car park, and is renowned for it's seafood.

During World War II Hive Beach, Burton Bradstock, was used by the US army to practice cliff scaling techniques using 2-inch rocket launchers fitted with grapnel heads and attached to rope ladders. Upon beaching the rockets are fired and men begin to scale the cliff.

See the BBC series 'Coast' report on the training exercise, or the original film from the Imperial War Museum (requires Flash Player).

The film ends with a subtitled frame informing the audience that an operation similar to the one portrayed, took place on 6 June, 1944, at Pointe du Hoe, Normandy - within 20 minutes "... this vital battery was overrun and the guns destroyed".

Keep safe on the beach

  • Watch the tide. Always check the tide times first
  • Mind your step on slippery surfaces and seaweeds
  • Stay clear of the cliffs - there are regular mudslides
  • Dress for the elements! Wear suitable clothing and sturdy footwear


Lyme Regis Hotel

The perfect place to stay

Hensleigh House Hotel. A small Charmouth and Lyme Regis Hotel, 300 metres from the Jurassic Beach in the unspoilt village of Charmouth, and 3 minute walk to shops, pubs and restaurants. Hensleigh House has it's own car park and is 2 miles from the centre of Lyme Regis. The 8 comfortable rooms include twins, doubles and two family suites, each with two adjoining bedrooms.