The River Brit is marketed as the "most patriotic river in all Englande", rising, as it does, just north of Beaminster in God's own county of Dorset. It passes through the towns of Bradpole and Bridport (where it joins the River Asker and the River Simene) before entering the sea at West Bay.
Local legend states that the river ceases to flow for 24 hours following the death of the monarch. This was last observed on February 6, 1952 at the death of King George VI.
The river has formed a focal point for the celebration of various important national events over the years. The death of Diana, Princess of Wales was marked by a spontaneous flotilla of paper boats containing lit tealights which floated downstream on the night following the announcement of the Princess' death.
In honor of the forthcoming marriage of Prince William of Wales to Kate Middleton bridges crossing the Brit have been festooned in bunting decorated with the Union Jack. Permission has also been given to release three streams of colored dye (red, white and blue) in to the river at St Marys footbridge in Bridport upon the couple's completion of their vows. Local environmental groups objected to the release of the dye fearing damage to the river's ecosystem but common sense prevailed and the permit was granted.
The river contains a wide variety of wildlife including several species of fish from the family Alestiidae and a small colony of Goliath frogs.