Spend a night and a day in Bridport, Dorset

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Stay...

At The Bull Hotel, a 16th-century former coaching inn (below), in this quaint west Dorset market town, not far from the sea. It has a friendly atmosphere, and its individually designed rooms (some with four-posters) offer roll-top baths and Egyptian cotton bed linen. Wake up to a full English, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, porridge with berries or homemade toast and preserves. Double B&B from £100 (01308 422878; www.thebullhotel.co.uk).

Eat...

Locally caught West Bay crab and Lyme Bay scallops by candlelight at The Bull’s restaurant, while The Stable, a lively bar at the rear of the hotel, serves delicious stone-baked pizzas and Dorset cider. Dine on British dishes with a Mediterranean twist at Beach & Barnicott, or head to the coast for fresh fish and amazing sea views at the Hive Beach Café.

Browse...

Bridport Yarn's wool selection – enough to make a knitter’s heart sing. Rummage through the second-hand collection at Wild and Homeless Books, located in a listed building. Retro-styled Girl's Own Store has vintage homeware and handmade delights galore, while Miss Trudy sells stationery and cushions (01308 425257). For a covetable mix of collectables, visit South Street Antiques. Find out about the town’s rope-making history at Bridport Museum.

Hunt for fossils along the Jurassic Coast, then take the path from West Bay to Burton Bradstock, heading east to Chesil Beach, or west to Lyme Regis. Explore many more routes at the Golden Cap Estate, Charmouth, England’s only natural World Heritage Site (www.nationaltrust.org.uk). Inland, step back in time at Elizabethan Mapperton House & Gardens in beautiful Beaminster.

Don't miss...

Bridport Food Festival, 9-16 June 2013, which is celebrating its tenth year.

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