Like a great meal, Hive Beach is made of the finest ingredients nature has to offer. The rugged, tranquil scenery and open sky are best savoured long and slow.

From the soft dew of a quiet spring morning to the salty spray of a winter storm. Within a rich harvest pf sights and sounds, smells and textures, there are hidden stories of wildlife, of history and of the ancient past of our planet.

How to Get There

Hive Beach is located in the beautiful West Dorset Village of Burton Bradstock. (The village name and beach name are sometimes used interchangeably.)

Burton Bradstock is situated just east of Bridport, off the B3157 road, which offers stunning views across the Jurassic Coast to Portland.

Burton Bradstock can be accessed via the Jurassic Coaster bus, which links the village with Bridport, Weymouth and Axminster. See our Travel Information page for more details.

Hive Beach can also be accessed on foot via the South West Coast Path. The nearest stops are West Bay to the west, then there is a fairly long walk on the shingle of Chesil Beach to the village of Abbotsbury.

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View of St Catherine's Chapel and Chesil Beach from the B3157, which goes through Burton Bradstock. © Jez via Flickr

Car Parking and Facilities

There is a National Trust car park at Hive Beach. See the National Trust’s Burton Bradstock page for more information.

The toilets adjacent to the beach are open when Hive Beach Café is open.

There is disabled parking available alongside the beach access. There is a grassy area overlooking the beach which is wheelchair accessible, as well as an accessible picnic bench.

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Hive Beach. © UncleBucko via Flickr

Beach Information and Dogs

Hive Beach is a shelving shingle beach. Bathing can be dangerous here, as the beach shelves steeply and there is a strong undertow.

The cliffs to the west of Hive Beach (heading towards West Bay) are prone to rockfalls. Please take care when walking this stretch of coastline, and keep well away from tops and bottoms of the cliffs.

Please do not picnic or climb through loose boulders at the base of the cliffs.

Dogs are not allowed on Hive Beach between 1 May – 30 September, except for those heading East to neighbouring Cogden Beach. Outside of this time of year, there are no restrictions.

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Cliffs at Hive Beach. © Lex McKee via Flickr

Where to Stay

We recommend staying at nearby Larkfield Holiday Park which is a short walk from Hive Beach.

There are many other great local accommodation options – see our Accommodation page and filter for West Dorset for more ideas.

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Larkfield Holiday Park in Burton Bradstock, looking out to Hive Beach. © West Dorset Leisure Holidays

Things to Do

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Hive Beach as seen from the coast path. © CloudCuckooLand.com via Flickr

Hive Beach Café

Hive Beach Café offers an extensive range of quality locally-sourced food and drink, including delicious cakes and fresh local seafood.

The café is family-owned and has been serving quality food and drink for over 20 years. It is a much-loved local institution, popular with locals and visitors to the area alike, and welcomes families, children and dogs.

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Hive Beach Cafe on the Jurassic Coast.

Need to Know: Inferior Oolite

 

The tops of the cliffs at Hive Beach contain a layer called the Inferior Oolite, a Middle Jurassic rock that runs north from here through Sherborne and the Cotswolds before emerging in North Yorkshire.

 

Towns and villages within each region along its path often display its distinctive honey-coloured hues in their building stone.

 

Fossils of sea creatures from this long-vanished point in time can be seen at nearby Bridport Museum.

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Sandstone cliffs at Hive Beach, Burton Bradstock.