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The coastal road from Weymouth to Bridport is a stunning drive, with superb views and picture-postcard villages en route. The historic market town of Bridport, together with neighbouring West Bay, enjoys a lovely coastal position and some beautiful beaches, and has long been known for the manufacturing of twine and nets, used as fishing nets the world over, but also in production of such varied commodities as Wimbledon tennis nets and airline equipment.
Today, Bridport’s most locally renowned export is Palmer’s ale, widely found across the West Country. The ale is produced under the thatched roof of Palmer’s Brewery, which has been in operation since the eighteenth century, and which is open to the public for tours and tastings during the summer months. Bridport is a designated Beacon Town, promoting the variety and quality of locally produced foods that are showcased at the twice-weekly market in the town centre. There is a good mixture of local and national retailers catering for tourist needs. Nearby West Bay has a superb sandy beach, so why not visit Bridport and West Bay whilst on a cottage holiday.
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