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West Bay Beach is part of the Sunday Times best beaches guide

West Bay Beach has been voted one of the best beaches in the UK according to the annual Sunday Times guide.

The guide, published today in print, is the definitive and most comprehensive list of Britain’s 50 best beaches – with West Bay Beach and Weymouth Beach leading the way.

They were the only chosen tourist hotspots in Dorset and are two of eight beaches chosen in the entire South West region, according to the guide.

The regional winner for the South West is Perranporth in Cornwall.

Chris Haslam, the newspaper’s editor, chose the top 50 of the more than 800 beaches he visited along the UK coast.

Mr Haslam said: “This was the 15th circumnavigation of the UK coast for me and the second for my assistant Jack Russell, Dave T. Dog.

“For eight weeks, we saw sunrises and sunsets, sand and pebbles, surfed with dolphins and kayaked with seals.

“We navigated canyon-like pathways to empty coves, queued to access urban hotspots and, in one instance, swam through a tunnel to reach an otherwise inaccessible bay.”

Bridport Mayor Ian Bark said: “It’s no surprise that West Bay has been named in The Sunday Times list of Britain’s 50 best beaches.

“East Beach with its iconic orange sandstone cliffs has got to be one of the most beautiful sights in the country, especially when the evening sun makes them shine gold.

“The fact that West Bay and Weymouth beaches were the only tourist hotspots chosen in Dorset and are two of eight beaches chosen in the whole of the South West region, according to the guide, is a real distinction.

“West Bay is more than a beautiful beach, the award winning Discovery Center and Playground, a fishing port and harbor plus great places to eat make it a truly special place to spend time throughout the year.”

The guide highlights the worldwide magnificence of the British seaside and gives readers a description of the landscape and setting, as well as all the practical information needed to plan a day at the beach, including parking, toilets, refreshments , shops and accommodation.

Earlier this year, Weymouth Beach was also voted one of the best beaches in Europe.

Travel site Tripadvisor’s new ranking has placed Weymouth beach 19th on the list of the 25 best beaches on the continent – beating Crete, Italy and France.

It comes as Tripadvisor, which is the world’s largest travel site, has released its annual Travellers’ Choice Awards for 2022, Best of Europe’s Best Beaches.

North East and overall winner: Sandhaven, South Shields

Scotland: Big Sand, Highland

East: Old Hunstanton, Norfolk

South West: Perranporth, Cornwall

South East: Dymchurch, Kent

Wales: Three Cliff Bay, Gower