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West Dorset Harbours and Quays

There are two harbours in West Dorset - Bridport (West Bay) and Lyme Regis

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 for Lyme Regis Harbour (pdf, 2Mb) (opens in a new window) and Bridport (West Bay) Harbour (pdf, 2Mb) (opens in a new window). This plan was drawn up to comply with the Port Marine Safety Code. There is also a Port Waste Management Plan (pdf, 496kb) (opens in a new window) that covers both harbours.

  • Lyme Regis harbour 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.

  • Aerial photo West Bay 13 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.

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