OUR LOCAL AREA
We are very lucky to be situated in one of the most beautiful areas within the British Isles. Dorset is, without doubt, the county that has it all.
Here you’ll find a few personal highlights and recommendations for things to do while you are in the area.
On our very own doorstep – head West along the beach towards Golden Cap. Ignore the cliffs, any fossils found in the clay will be very fragile but instead keep your focus along the low water mark and once your eyes are trained, you’ll find belemnites and ammonites a plenty!
If unsuccessful, head over to the Charmouth and the Heritage Coast Centre to see their amazing fossil collections and find out how to discover your own fossils on the beach. Perhaps you might want to book a Guided Fossil Walk.
You are really spoilt for choice in this area of outstanding natural beauty! Head West towards Golden Cap (30-45 mins) with Charmouth (2-2.5 hrs) and Lyme Regis (3-3.5 hrs) beyond. Or heading East to West Bay (1.5hrs) with Burton Bradstock (2.5 hrs) beyond.
If you don’t fancy the long walk back, the area is well served by local bus routes so you can catch a bus back to Chideock. X51 Service which serves Axminster to Dorchester or X53 Weymouth to Axminster
Take a stroll around the historical Bridport with it’s weekly Street Markets that are held every Wednesday and Saturday. A Farmers Market is also held on the second Saturday of the month in the Arts Centre as well as a Vintage Market at St Michael’s Trading Estate on the last Sunday of the month between March & October. West Bay (or Broadchurch as you may know it) has a small working harbour with large stretches of shingle beaches either side. Lyme Regis is a beautiful seaside town 8 miles west of us with its historic Cobb and iconic harbour is great to visit in the summer months but even better off season.
We have three ensuite rooms here at The Anchor but if you are looking for self catering accommodation, a good local website to try is Bridport Cottages, offering rich search facilities, including availability, to find a great holiday cottage in our beautiful area, some of which are walking distance to us in nearby Chideock.
TOURS AND RIDES
Palmers Brewery Tour
You’ll go behind the scenes in the historic brewery buildings, to watch every stage of the centuries-old brewing process. The tour ends with a beer tasting (or a soft drink) in their Wine Store, where you will receive a commemorative glass tankard.
Visit Palmers Brewery Website
Stand Up Paddle Boarding Lessons with Jurassic SUP
Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is accessible to all ages and abilities and with some instruction, most people are standing up and smiling ear to ear in a matter of minutes. As well as having well established tours along beautiful local Dorset SUP routes, they can offer bespoke trips anywhere you like, just get in touch to start planning.
Visit Jurassic SUP Fitness Website
Furleigh Estate Tour
Furleigh Estate is set in the stunning Dorset countryside, just 5 miles from us in the small village of Salway Ash. They are always happy to talk about our wines and give you a taste of whatever is open if you go to their Cellar Door shop. However if you want to see and learn more, we can highly recommend one of their Vineyard Tours and Tastings is for you.
Visit Furleigh Estate Website
Lyme Bay Rib Charter
Multi award winning Lyme Bay RIB Charter are based in West Bay, in the centre of Lyme Bay, Dorset, which affords excellent and immediate access to the beautiful ‘Jurassic Coast’. From a quick RIB Blast along the coast, a water taxi to Lyme Regis or a sunset cruise, they are happy to tailor a specific activity to meet your personal requirements.
Visit Lyme Bay Rib Charter Website
Jurassic Electric Bike Tours
These award-winning guided tours are a great way to explore the stunning coast and countryside on our doorstep and their fleet of state of the art bikes make cycling an absolute breeze. Quiet routes have been carefully selected to introduce guests to the area’s spectacular landscapes and vibrant history.
Visit Jurassic Electric Bike Tours Website