Bridport and West Bay

West BayBridport itself is an ancient town, long associated with the production of rope and netting twines that were once laid out along the side main streets.

The rope and net making trade have been a part of local life since before King John (1167-1216).  Hemp grown locally was used only for the Navy and also the famous Bridport Dagger – the Hangman’s Rope.


The wide pavements are now used for a bustling market held on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  Stalls ranging from Bric a Brac to local produce, from fabrics to candles and gifts can be purchased.  Every 2nd Saturday in the month a thriving Farmer’s Market is held in and around the Bridport Arts Centre.

West Bay was built as a harbour for Bridport where the river Brit runs into the sea.

Situated at the western end of Chesil Beach it forms part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.