River Bride, Dorset

Coordinates: 50°42′09″N 2°44′26″W / 50.7026°N 2.7405°W / 50.7026; -2.7405
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River Bride
Source of the River Bride at Bridehead House, Littlebredy
River Bride, Dorset is located in Dorset
River Bride, Dorset
Location within Dorset
Towns and villagesLittlebredy, Burton Bradstock
Physical characteristics
 • locationLittlebredy, Dorset, England
 • elevation300 ft (91 m)
 • location
Burton Bradstock, Dorset, England
 • coordinates
50°42′09″N 2°44′26″W / 50.7026°N 2.7405°W / 50.7026; -2.7405
Length10.5 km (6.5 mi)
 • locationBurton Bradstock

The River Bride is a river in Dorset, England, situated 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. 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]

The river's name is of Celtic origin. It is derived from Old Welsh Brydi, related to Cornish bredion "to boil", so means "boiling or gushing" stream. The river gives its name to Long Bredy, Littlebredy, Burton Bradstock and probably Bridport.[4]

Mouth of the River Bride at Burton Bradstock


  1. ^ a b C. J. Bailey (1982). "Extracts from C.J. Bailey's Book "The Bride Valley"". www.burtonbradstock.org.uk. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
  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.
  4. ^ Watts, Victor, ed. (2010), "Bredy", The Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 9780521168557