It's scenes like these which make you truly appreciate west Dorset and what a spectacular place it is to live. 

Perhaps not what you would expect on a January morning, these beautiful photographs show how Eype Beach glows as the sun rises over Portland in the distance. 

Taken by talented photographer James Loveridge, it took two attempts to get the perfect shot - but it was worth it. 

James said: "After an unsuccessful morning [on Tuesday] with largely overcast skies, I went out again [Wednesday]) to capture sunrise.

"This was the view with the sun rising over the Isle of Portland, taken from the 'Broadchurch Hut' overlooking Eype Beach."

Thanks goes to James for sharing these amazing pictures with us and our readers.

To see more of his work, visit