The Area Around Chideock, near Bridport in West Dorset
You’ll find Chiddy Nook and Gingerbread Cottage in the heart of the historic and picturesque village of Chideock, in West Dorset. The village is ideally located for country walks, seaside holidays and fossil hunting and is well served by public transport – the 31 bus (Weymouth to Axminster) and the popular X53 ‘Jurassic Coast’ (Poole to Exeter) both pass through the village.
CHIDEOCK: Chideock features a local shop, two excellent pubs The George Inn and The Clock Inn and is less than a mile’s walk from the stunning World Heritage Jurassic coastline, and the quaint hamlet of Seatown. Seatown offers stunning views of ‘The Golden Cap’, the highest land point on the South Coast. Discover the award-winning Anchor Inn at Seatown situated right by the pebble beach with a menu suiting all tastes from the walker seeking a refuel to the serious gourmet seeking super fresh shellfish washed down with a bottle of fantastic wine.
CHARMOUTH: About 4 miles from Chideock is Charmouth which is famous for the fossils found on the beach, which date back to the Jurassic period, millions of years ago. There is a small museum and a fossil shop, where you can get lots of advice and even hire a hammer to help you in your search.
LYME REGIS: Further along from Charmouth, (about 6.5 miles from Chideock) is the beautiful coastal town of Lyme Regis, where the tongue twister ‘she sells seashells on the sea shore’ originated. Stroll along the historic Cobb Harbour or visit the many small gift and independent shops along Broad Street.
BRIDPORT: In the other direction, about 3 miles from Chideock, is the vibrant market town of Bridport with many shops, pubs, restaurants, tea shops and a few small theatres and Art Centre. It has a bustling street market on Wednesdays and Saturdays and a monthly Farmers’ Market.
WEST BAY: Last but not least, about four miles from Chideock is the busy working harbour at West Bay. Take a stroll along the new West Pier. From the beach you can see magnificent views of the West and East cliffs. You can hire river boats or rowing boats or just sample the delicious fish and chips from one of the many beach huts, that will tempt your taste buds. If you are a Broadchurch follower you will recognise that West Bay is Broadchurch, with the distinctive cliffs and other stunning locations where the crime drama was filmed.