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Dorset apple cake with clotted cream, spankingly fresh seafood, organic cheeses, sumptuous ice cream, lipsmacking local ales - no wonder so many people flock to Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s old stamping ground. The first River Cottage TV shows were filmed at his smallholding near West Bay Holiday Park, where guests are perfectly placed to make the most of the farmers’ markets, restaurants and brewery tours in the pretty neighbouring town of Bridport on Dorset's Jurassic Coast.
Don’t forget your bucket and spade: you can walk straight through the gates of the holiday park into West Bay’s scenic harbour and onto the stunning beach which goes on for miles. There’s no shortage of things to do on site either: wallowing about in the indoor pool, which has a separate toddlers’ pool with a slide, as well as a full-sized flume; bike hire; nature trails; eclectic activities for preschoolers to teens in the well-organised kids’ clubs; a great adventure playground with a climbing wall; amusements, and free evening entertainment for the whole family in the Riverside Club.
Most of the pitches for tents and tourers come with electric hook-up, and there are good basic amenities (launderette, shop and off licence, cash machine) as well as an onsite bar and café with harbour views if you tire of the washing up.
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Horse riding nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
Large (51-200 pitches)
- Coach stations
Bridport: Coach Park West Street — 1.5 miles
1.5 miles Seaton (Devon): Sea Front Bus Stop — 13.4 miles
13.4 miles Dorchester: South Rail Station Coach Stop — 14.4 miles
- Train stations
Maiden Newton Rail Station — 9.8 miles
9.8 miles Crewkerne Rail Station — 11.2 miles
11.2 miles Axminster Rail Station — 11.5 miles
- Ferry ports
Weymouth Ferry Terminal — 15.6 miles
15.6 miles Exmouth Ferry Landing — 29.7 miles
Exeter International Airport — 28.6 miles
Take the M3 towards Winchester. (From Midlands/the North take the A34 towards Winchester.)
Follow the M27, then take the A31 towards Ringwood, Wimbourne and Bere Regis.
Join the A35 to Dorchester and head west towards Bridport.
At the first roundabout, take the first exit and at the second roundabout take the second exit into West Bay.
Follow this road through West Bay and carry on past the bay and harbour. The park is on the right.
Starting on the doorstep in West Bay itself: you could go fossil hunting underneath the sandstone cliffs, crabbing in the harbour, take a boat tour of the Jurassic Coast, or head out into the big blue yonder on a sea fishing trip; then there’s golf, paragliding, scuba diving, water sports, and excellent walking along the coastal paths...
Take a break from feeding yourself up on all the gorgeous local produce to hand-feed the birds at Abbotsbury Swannery, where the 600 nesting mute swans make for an impressive sight (and plenty of hungry beaks); there are also award-winning gardens and a children’s farm to explore.
The coastal resort of Lyme Regis has been drawing the crowds since time immemorial and is well worth a visit; other historical gems in West Dorset include the Jacobean manor house of Mapperton, set amongst topiary, terraced gardens and rolling hills; Forde Abbey and gardens; a cluster of castles; and the giant chalk man in the hillside at Cerne Abbas.
Alternatively, if there are animal addicts in your party, they'll go ape for the 240-plus inhabitants of Monkey World and potty for the penguins and underwater specimens at Weymouth Sea Life Park.
- Mapperton House & Gardens (6.2 miles)
- Abbotsbury Swannery (8.1 miles)
- Radipole Lake Nature Reserve (14.9 miles)
- Shute Barton (13.6 miles)
- Loughwood Meeting House (13.9 miles)
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