Harbours in West Dorset
There are two harbours in West Dorset - Bridport (West Bay) and Lyme Regis. Both are owned and operated by West Dorset District Council.
Both harbours have a long history of use but no longer accept commercial cargo vessels.
They both have a small fishing fleet and commercial tripping boats but are mainly used in the summer by leisure craft. The tripping boats offer sightseeing, fishing and diving trips. The council requires these tripping boats to have a 'ply for hire licence' to allow them to operate from the harbour. Licences are issued on receipt of a fee and confirmation that the boat has a Small Commercial Vessel Certificate and valid insurance.
There are moorings within the harbours that dry out and are let on an annual basis. There is a large waiting list for mooring for both harbours.
There is a slipway for public use with space for boat trailers at both harbours.
Visiting craft are welcome.
The district council has a Marine Operations Plan covering both harbours. This plan was drawn up to comply with the Port Marine Safety Code.
Lyme Regis Harbour
Lyme Regis Harbour is 23 miles northwest of Portland Bill and 30 miles northeast of Brixham, so a handy stop off point for vessels crossing Lyme Bay with all the town's facilities close at hand. The harbour includes the famous Cobb, a grade 1 listed structure.
Bridport (West Bay) Harbour
Bridport (West Bay) Harbour is 15 miles west of Dorchester at the western end of Chesil Beach. It was important in the 19th Century for shipbuilding and for exporting rope and nets. It is now mainly used by locals but following major improvements to the harbour entrance, fishing vessels and leisure craft are visiting once again.
- Bridport Harbour (West Bay) deep water berth consultation
Find out more about West Dorset District Council's proposals on repair works to the Bridport Harbour (West Bay) deep water berth.
Name: Harbour Management
Tel: 01305 252360
Fax: 01305 252349
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Name: Harbourmaster - Lyme Regis
Tel: 01297 442137
Mobile: +44 07870 240645
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Name: Harbourmaster - West Bay
Tel: 01308 423222
Fax: 01308 423222
Mobile: +44 07870 240636
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