River Bride, Dorset

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River Bride
Source of the River Bride at Bridehead House, Littlebredy
Name origin: Celtic
Country England
County Dorset
District West Dorset
Towns and villages Littlebredy, Burton Bradstock
Landmarks Bridehead House, Kingston Russell, Modbury deserted village
Source Littlebredy
 - elevation 300 ft (91 m)
 - location Burton Bradstock, West Dorset, Dorset, England

The River Bride is a river in Dorset, England, situated in the West Dorset administrative district between the towns of Dorchester and Bridport. It is approximately 6.5 miles (10.5 km) long and has a catchment area of 15 square miles (39 km2).[1] It rises at an altitude of 90 metres (300 ft)[2] beneath an artificial lake at Bridehead House, Littlebredy, then flows west to its mouth on the English Channel near Burton Bradstock. Its name derives from the Celtic for boiling or gushing. It has nine tributaries and descends more than 60 metres (200 ft) in its first three miles.[1] It reaches the coast just west of Burton Bradstock through a break in coastal cliffs at Burton Freshwater; here it meets the western end of Chesil Beach where it "forms itself into a pool and fights to get to the sea intact before sinking into the shingle."[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 C. J. Bailey (1982). "Extracts from C.J. Bailey's Book "The Bride Valley"". www.burtonbradstock.org.uk. Retrieved 6 March 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 Pathfinder Series of Great Britain, Sheet SY 49/59 Bridport, published 1977
  3. Roland Gant (1980). Dorset Villages. Robert Hale Ltd. p. 152. ISBN 0 7091 8135 3.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>