A guide to Bridport and the surrounding area
Perfectly positioned between the West Country and London, Bridport is a gateway to the Jurassic Coast and lies within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, surrounded by the rolling hills of West Dorset. Overlooked by the iconic Colmers Hill, Bridport is steeped in a history of rope-making, which has influenced the design and layout of the town's gardens and houses. A mile to the south of Bridport is the quaint fishing harbour of West Bay, the setting for the famous TV drama Broadchurch, around which are numerous beaches and inlets for sailing and fishing, as well as walking and fossil hunting.
The town's rope industry is still alive today with local businesses providing nets for Wimbledon, major football championships and the Airforce. Bridport is a vibrant rural centre, with twice weekly street and farmers' markets, a thriving music, food, arts and literary community, which is involved in events such as the Bridport Literary Festival, Dorset Arts Week, The Food Festival, Bridport Carnival and Melplash Agricultural Show.