Bridport – West Bay, vibrant market town on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast…
Whatever you look for in a relaxing holiday, you’ll find it in Bridport and West Bay. Market town, cultural centre, coastal paths, beaches and harbourside, all offer different leisure activities for each day of your holiday. And that’s not all, Bridport hosts as many fairs and events as any other town in Dorset. You can read or download the Bridport West Bay town guide at the bottom of this page. Bridport’s central position along Lyme Bay, with good road links, means the Jurassic Coast from Lyme Regis to Chesil Beach, Weymouth and Portland are all easily reached from Bingham Grange.
Shopping & Markets in Bridport
Bridport is ten minutes drive from the caravan park. Wednesdays and Saturdays are Market days when Bridport’s streets are lined with stalls tempting you with fresh produce, antiques and curios. You’ll find a Co-Op food store on the road into Bridport or, across the roundabout, there’s a Morrison supermarket. Bridport offers relaxed, traditional shopping as well as cafes and inns to refresh you along the way. Bridport car parking is good and reasonably priced. Motorhomes are advised to use West Street car park.
West Bay Harbour, Star of the Jurassic Coast…
Bridport West Bay is a small fishing port sheltered between the Jurassic Coast’s immense East Cliff and Thorncombe Beacon. This unique and stunning scenery won the port its star role in ITV’s Broadchurch drama. Around the harbour, restaurants, inns and food stalls compete for your appetite with locally caught seafood, though eating can wait until you have taken in the fantastic coast views from the esplanade and Jurassic Pier.
Station Yard Car Park is a few moment’s walk from the harbour and easy to access, even for motorhomes.
West Bay Beaches, Swimming and Dog controls…
East beach’s fine shingle is in full sun all day, and with excellent quality sea water to cool off, East beach is popular with sun-worshippers and swimmers. Lifeguards supervise East Beach from July to September. When conditions are not good for sea swimming, there is indoor swimming at Bridport Leisure Centre nearby. Dogs are not permitted on the main beach from 1 May – 1 Oct, except to the East of East Cliff. Other local beaches are at Eype, where dogs are permitted all season and Burton Bradstock where dogs are restricted to the East of the beach.
Getting around Bridport West Bay by Bus
Damory Coaches’ route 40 stops at Bingham Grange Caravan Park by request. This Bridport – Yeovil – Bridport service also calls at Melplash, Beaminster and Crewkerne, Monday to Fridays.
The Bridport town stop is in West Street, a few moments walk from Bridport Coach Station where you can connect with First Dorset bus services to West Bay and the Jurassic Coast services: X31 (Axminster – Bridport – Dorchester – Weymouth) and
X53 (Exeter – Bridport – Poole).
Wonderful walks around Bridport and West Bay…
Routes for these walks can be seen on the website and obtained from reception:
* Brit Valley Way from Bingham Grange: Pymore (1.5 mls), Bridport (3 mls), West Bay (4 mls) Easy.
* Brit Valley Circular Walks from Bingham Grange, (3 – 11 mls), Easy.
* West Bay Coastal Path from the Esplanade to Eype beach, (1 ml), Leisurely. Seatown (3 mls) Moderate.
* West Bay to Burton Bradstock (1.5 mls), Easy after East Cliff ascent.
* Colmers Hill from Symondsbury village, circular walk (1.5 mls), Leisurely.
View Coastal Path walks around Bridport and West Bay.
Fishing around Bridport West Bay…
Bring your rods to Bingham Grange caravan site, there is amazing sea fishing along the coast and coarse fishing venues within a few miles.
West Bay provides beach or pier fishing and boat fishing trips from the harbour. Let us give you recipes for delicious fresh Lyme Bay mackerel and sea bass. Serious sea anglers might prefer Chesil Beach, East of Burton Bradstock, a regular venue for championship fishing matches.
Mangerton Lake is the nearest of coarse fishing venues around Bridport.
View or download the Bridport West Bay Town Guide here.