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 of 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.
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.
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.
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.