West Milton, a rural village away from main roads, is situated about 4 miles from Bridport, 5 miles from West Bay, Bridport’s harbour and 5 miles from Beaminster.
Bridport was the centre of the rope making and net making industries and a ‘Bridport dagger’ was a hangman’s noose!
The main streets of Bridport, East Street, West Street and South Street are exceptionally wide to accommodate the rope walks and the twice weekly markets with their stalls are sited there. West Bay with its harbour and dramatic cliffs, was the setting for ‘Broadchurch’; there is a good selection of places to eat, from kiosks along the harbour to pubs and restaurants and the piers to walk along. Fishing trips and boat tours of Lyme Bay can be booked.
The Melplash Agricultural Show takes place every summer on the last Thursday in August on fields between Bridport and West Bay.
The Bridport Literary Festival takes place early in November.
Beaminster is a small inland town standing at the head of the Brit Valley which straddles the main road into South Somerset, the A3066. The Square, with lovely warm coloured stone buildings and a splendid church, has a useful selection of shops and eating places. The Beaminster Festival of Music and the Arts is at the end of June – early July.
West Milton Cider Company: The Cider Shed is open for customers: Lancombe Cross, Ridgeback Lane, West Milton DT6 3TN. The award winning cider and apple juice is available direct from the Shed so do visit. Phone first on 01308 485235 or 07967 700 239 www.westmiltoncider.co.uk
Mapperton, one of Dorset’s most beautiful houses with glorious gardens was Batheshba Everdene’s farm house in the 2015 film ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ Tel: 01308 862645 www.mapperton.com
Eggardon Hill Fort an iron age hill fort above the Mangerton river valley which flows through West Milton. The views from Eggardon are some of the finest of any in the county of Dorset, being to the South, West and North with a panorama of a patchwork of fields and woods and countryside tumbling away into Devon.
Bridport Market, on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the year, a ‘must’ with stalls selling local produce, meat, fish from Lyme Bay, fruit, vegetables, butter, Blue Vinney cheese, and eggs; the Saturday market has bric a brac stalls in South Street.