Bridport is a small market town famous for its rope and net-making industries, which relied on hemp and flax being grown in the surrounding area. The town has pleasant wide streets which host regular markets, so if you're in a holiday cottage nearby come over on a Wednesday or Saturday for your shopping. On the south side of town is Palmers Brewery, Britain's oldest thatched brewery. You can take a guided tour and even sample some of Palmers famous ' Golden Cap Whisky'. West Bay, to the south of Bridport, was once known as Bridport Harbour. It's a pretty little village with two piers and a harbour lined with cottages and an early 19th century customs house. If you choose a cottage here, make sure you enjoy a fresh seafood supper in one of West Bay's restaurants.
Aptly named Seatown is one of Dorset's best places for fossil-hunting. During a low 'scouring' tide, even amateurs can find a good few ammonite fossils to examine. If you're looking for somewhere with good wheelchair access, this is a good spot since the car park is practically on the beach. West of Seatown is the Golden Cap, with the highest sea cliff on the south coast (at 191 metres). Trek up to the top of Golden Cap and you'll be rewarded with fantastic panoramic views. You can also see the remains of Stanton St Gabriel, where only a ruined farmhouse, cottage and church remain. Afterwards, why not relax and refuel in the cosy Anchor Inn, which nestles at the base of the cliff.