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Nestled in a bowl-shaped valley hemmed by rolling green hills, and flanked by the River Brit lies the charming town of Beaminster. An abundance of natural, unspoilt beauty surrounds the town but is also present within, with its relaxed, friendly atmosphere, characterful buildings and range of independent stores and eateries. Just five miles north of Bridport and only ten minutes away from West Bay’s coast, it is not in any way distant from neighbours, yet seems a real hidden gem. 

Best explored by foot, there are some great circular walks to take around the area, see the Beaminster Ramblers website for routes and maps. Named ‘Emminster’ in the much-loved novel Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Hardy describes Tess’s own journey here as being ‘through a more gentle country’. A tranquillity still to be savoured today.

From the greenery and scenery, it’s no surprise that the area has been and continues to be agriculturally important and rich in farm life. During the 18th and 19th centuries, Beaminster was well known for its production of the food and fibre crop, flax, which was woven into cloth; so popular, it even became the main supplier of sailcloth for the British Navy. However, these days this picturesque rural town and surrounds lends itself mostly to dairy farming.

To discover more local history, a trip to the delightful little Museum, just off the main road, is essential. Housed in a converted chapel, the Museum takes you on a journey that delves deep into the town’s history and its nearby villages. It's open on selected days from Easter to late October. St Mary’s Church, too, with its statues and stained glass sheds light on to the area’s past. 

Beaminster has, historically, been a market town after being granted a charter in 1284, which allowed it to hold a weekly market. Though no market continues, you can be sure to find everything you need here from its array of independent shops. Fresh bread, top-quality meat, fruit and veg, gifts, homewares, and, of course, your everyday essentials.

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