Weymouth is on my doorstep (I dwell within the Dorset countryside), however I blush to confess I’ve beforehand solely visited the city as soon as up to now decade.
Extra idiot me, because it seems Weymouth is buzzing with issues to do, scrumptious meals to eat and pleasant locals. What’s extra, regardless of a day of blazing June sunshine, the seashores have been quiet and serene.
Weymouth is a reasonably small seaside city with simply over 50,000 inhabitants and kinds a part of the fossil-rich Jurassic Coast. The city is related to the Isle of Portland (of lighthouse fame) by a protracted, straight causeway.
I used to be happy to find that Weymouth has not fallen sufferer to the melancholic “days passed by” ambiance of some British seaside resorts and as an alternative felt like an inviting place for younger adults wanting a little bit of enjoyable and frolic.
Listed below are my suggestions of what to do throughout a keep in Weymouth.
Cycle the Rodwell path
The Rodwell Path is a 2-mile trailway that follows a disused railway line and is appropriate for walkers, scooters, bicycles and mobility scooters. The picturesque path is totally surfaced and takes in some pretty views of Portland Harbour and Sandsfoot Fort. It is a in style spot for birdwatching, and chances are you’ll even see a terrific noticed woodpecker.
The trailway leads on to the causeway that connects Weymouth to Portland, and it’s potential to increase your cycle on the Portland Legacy Path.
We stopped at Style Café at Chesil seaside for a spot of lunch and a wander. I actually loved my Portland crab sandwich with a glass of glowing elderflower.
Take a self-guided tour of Nothe Fort
Nothe Fort, situated only a quick stroll from Weymouth Harbour, is a Palmerston fort in-built 1860 to guard Britain from French invasion. Within the Chilly Warfare, it was used as a nuclear bunker and gunning placement, and to at the present time, it shows some spectacular heavy machine weapons.
Guests can discover three ranges, taking in some implausible views of Portland harbour from the ramparts. The mid-level is the Victorian gun deck degree, and the decrease degree is the place ammunition was saved.
I notably loved exploring the tunnels of the decrease degree, which accommodates quite a few mini exhibitions detailing Nothe Fort’s World Warfare Two historical past. It additionally accommodates an unimaginable choice of fashions depicting naval and land battles.
Paddle Board at Fort Cove
Paddle Boarding is all the fashion in the intervening time, and for good cause. It’s easy to be taught, enjoyable and doesn’t require excessive ranges of health. You possibly can both sit on the board or get up and propel your self ahead as you admire the beautiful seaside views.
You possibly can head out to Weymouth Seashore to paddleboard, however in case you are a newbie, chances are you’ll want Fort Cove, a secluded sandy seaside with pretty shallow waters and few waves. Parking is free on the hill above the cove, and after we arrived, the place was abandoned other than a few households and one different lone paddleboarder.
Dorset Outside Exercise Rent (DOAH) lease out paddleboards and ship and gather them straight to your door. They supply every little thing you want, together with wetsuits, life jackets and air pumps to inflate your paddleboard.
Discover Weymouth Harbour
The picturesque harbour has a 17th century waterfront and kinds the mouth of the River Wey. Historic buildings in a shiny array of pastel colors line each side of the harbour.
If you’re craving for a pint, there may be a formidable focus of pubs alongside the waterfront – we counted no less than eight from our perch on the Harbour bridge. The Kings Arms serves a wonderful pint of Guinness has been extremely beneficial.
Don’t miss a go to to Bennett’s for a plate of fish & chips (conveniently situated subsequent to The Kings Arms). A transparent fan favorite, Bennett’s launched 32 years in the past and serves top-of-the-line fish & chips I’ve eaten in a very long time. The servings are huge, so go for a medium until you’ve gotten the urge for food of a really hungry horse.
Stroll round Portland Invoice Lighthouse
The picturesque drive to Portland Invoice Lighthouse, previous Chesil Seashore and alongside a hilly, winding highway, is well worth the journey alone. As we arrived on the lighthouse, the stormy clouds and dramatic clifftop background added to the drama.
The lighthouse itself, which stands at a formidable 41m (135ft) excessive, has been safeguarding the marina for over 5 centuries. Be taught concerning the constructing’s historical past and lighthouse keepers on the customer centre, and climb the 153 steps to the lantern room for some fabulous views of the Jurassic Coast.
Be sure to depart time to discover the lighthouse’s rocky environment, marvel on the crashing waves and scent that salty sea air.
Uncover Weymouth’s ruins
In your means again from Portland Lighthouse, make a detour to Church Ope Cove, a washing cove near the village of Wakeham. The trail to the cove takes you beneath the arch bridge of the ruins of Rufus Fort, which date to the 15th century. The cobbled path that takes you from the cove again to the principle highway is so fairly, with crumbling archways and pink wildflowers concealing historic gravestones.
The opposite damage value a go to is Sandsfoot Fort, which overlooks the cliffs near the Rodwell Path. The artillery fort was constructed on the orders of Henry VIII however fell into damage by the early 18th century.
Zoom alongside the water on a wildlife RIB tour
Weymouth Harbour can also be the spot to ebook a ship tour and soak up views of the Georgian seafront and Portland Harbour, and Nothe Fort.
We joined a one-hour RIB tour with Weymouth Bay Rib Charters (£25 per individual) and zoomed off to sail across the big cruise ships, together with a real behemoth named Norwegian Bliss, waving cheerfully to the individuals on board. The wildlife side of the tour concerned searching for Weymouth’s two resident dolphins, each randomly named Gary. Alas, no Garys appeared, nevertheless it was nonetheless jolly good enjoyable.
Meet the penguins at Weymouth SEA LIFE Journey Park
In the event you (like me) love penguins and seals, then spend a morning at Weymouth SEA LIFE Journey Park. The centre is residence to 2 species of penguins: Humboldt Penguins and Fairy penguins – and they’re by no means a disappointment in relation to cuteness.
The centre is cut up into 12 totally different themed zones, one of many latest being the blue-spotted stingrays on the Tropical Lagoon. I actually loved the Shipwreck space containing sea goblins, noticed horny shrimp (sure, that’s their title) and weird upside-down jellyfish.
Go to one of many UK’s coolest cocktail bars
Weymouth has some nice pubs and bars, however few can high The PlayYard Cocktail Bar on St Thomas Avenue.
Lavishly adorned with blossom bushes, hanging wall-art by native artists and a geometrical patterned ceiling, the bar opened throughout the pandemic and has been an enormous hit with the locals ever since.
The menu’s focus is their “magical creations”, a choice of unique cocktails that utilise scientific wizardry to make the drinks bubble and smoke.
We began with the strawberry volcano, a rum-based cocktail that promised “Volcanic Smokey Eruptions” and didn’t disappoint. It additionally tasted scrumptious, and importantly, wasn’t too candy.
Most cocktails value £eight and are beneficiant in amount and flavour.
Tuck into a terrific British curry at Shalims
In the event you love a very good curry, then you must ebook a desk at Shalims. The British Indian curry home on Industrial Highway opened its doorways in 2000 and serves up a mouth-watering menu of traditional curries and chef specialities.
We dined there on a Monday evening, and the place was packed. I selected the Balti Particular Masala for my fundamental accompanied by mushroom rice, and the flavours have been beautiful. My husband tucked into the Laal Maas, spicy lamb curry with ginger and garlic, and judging by the large smile on his face; it was successful. This was the proper finish to our keep in Weymouth.
The place to remain: St John’s Guesthouse is only a stone’s throw from Weymouth’s seaside, with pleasant hospitality, nice breakfast and free parking. We suggest reserving one of many newly refurbished King rooms, beginning at £140 per evening excessive season. Learn our overview right here.
Getting there: It takes round three hours to drive to Weymouth from London – we suggest reserving a resort with free parking because it’s not the best place to search out parking. If you’re travelling by prepare, the station is just a 5-minute stroll from the seaside and a 15-minute stroll to the harbour.
For extra data, go to https://weareweymouth.co.uk/