From Coast & Countryside

Bottlenose dolphin

The Lost Dolphins of Lyme Bay

Out in the turquoise calm of Lyme Bay lurks the distinctively shaped fin of a sleek and deadly predator. But don’t worry — it’s still safe to go into the water. The fin in question belongs to a rare and rather lost dolphin, not an extra from Jaws.

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On the trail of the elusive Wood White butterfly. Photograph by Rob Solomon

On the trail of the elusive Wood White butterfly

Hidden amid an unruly wilderness, just a stone’s throw from the bucket and spade charms of Lyme Regis, one of the UK’s rarest butterflies is taking advantage of a disaster zone.

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Coneygar Hill on the Bridport Green Ring Walk

Walk: The Bridport Green Ring

Length: just under 3 miles. Time: two hours at a leisurely pace. Terrain: flat riverside paths, pavements, a climb up Coneygar Hill and a fairly steep descent.

Take the “Green Ring” round the historic market town of Bridport. There are wonderful views down to the sea from on high, a riverside stroll, ancient bridges and lovely old buildings telling of the town’s heritage as the centre of rope and netmaking — as well as a trip to New Zealand!

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A row of houses along South Street, Bridport, with The Chantry to the right

Was Bridport’s oldest building really a lighthouse?

The oldest and perhaps the oddest place in Bridport is The Chantry, down South Street. In medieval times it was lived in by two priests who used to get through nearly 50 pints of beer a week and eat lots of salted fish, peas and beans. When they had guests such as the Rector of Bridport, they used to order even more ale. We know this because the priests kept meticulous records of their spending.

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