Bridport & West Bay
Bridport is a lively and vibrant market town with a rich, rope-making heritage. It also has a tremendous reputation for arts, culture, events and food.
The town is a hive of activity with an eclectic mix of independent shops, cafes and restaurants that give the town a wonderfully welcoming atmosphere.
Just a mile to the south of Bridport is West Bay – a charming fishing village which has enjoyed a surge in popularity in recent years while playing host to the popular TV drama Broadchurch.
It’s not hard to see why the location was chosen. West Bay offers some stunning landscapes to explore with breathtaking views from its cliff tops that surround the village.
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Pretty stone cottages line Abbotsbury’s streets making it a picturesque and popular stop for refreshments or browsing artsy crafty shops. Village highlights include visiting the Swannery for the unique sensation of wandering through the middle of a colony of 600 swans, who are all looking back at you. A little more relaxing is exploring acres of exotic vegetation at the Subtropical Gardens.
Another immaculate chocolate-box village, Burton Bradstock’s teashops and gift shops stand behind sandstone cliffs that mark the start of the Chesil Beach. It’s a good spot to park up for a leisurely stroll. Find the National Trust’s Hive Beach for an award-winning seafood beach café or explore the crumbling rocks for frequently exposed fossils.
Pastel painted cottages lead back up a sheltered valley from the beaches, harbours and seafood restaurants at Lyme Regis. The narrow winding main street is a traffic bottleneck but at least it’s lined by grandly attractive buildings. Stop to find Lyme’s excellent range of shops, bars, cafes and pubs.