West Bay at Bridport, on the iconic Jurassic Coast, was a snapshot of ‘business as usual’ in Dorset the other day. The sky was blue - for a long enough moment to breathe a sigh of relief - and the beach was scattered with all the stormy witness marks of salty rope, branches, sea farers’ lost debris and vast lobster claws.
Grabbing the moment were families with picnics, couples strolling, dogs racing and children flinging pebbles into the sea. The towering earthy red Jurassic cliffs in the background were mimicked by the towering yellow arm of an Environment Agency swing shovel dealing with the mountainous waves of pebbles.
For another delicious, long moment the smells of the sea were overtaken by a draught of baked and grilled fresh fish from The Watch House Cafe on the foreshore – not a seat free, even on the outside terrace. A quick photograph to prove this wasn’t all wishful thinking in advance of the Spring and on with the day’s journey – with the confidence now that even if there are still some diversions due to the havoc of the elements, the unexpected routes are an outing in themselves. You always get where you want to be but see some unplanned sights en route and learn a bit more about this wonderful county!
Come see for yourself with a cottage in Dorset for this year's holiday.