A few recommendations for visiting Dorset

And just like that we’re in June already –  Almost halfway through the year. Another year that is flying by at an almost dizzying pace. Also, how is it June and I’m still questioning whether it’s too early to put the winter coats away for the summer? Looking forward to finally getting some reliably warm weather later in the week!

I’m back in the office this week after the school half term. SIDENOTE – If you’re lucky enough to not be tied down to school holidays, this is your friendly reminder that you’ve got six weeks now to go and enjoy the world before the schools break up for summer, so make the most of it before the carnage!

We spent a few days in Weymouth, Dorset during the half term week as we often do now we have family down there. We’re getting to know the area quite well so I thought I’d pop a few of our favourite spots down, in case anyone is planning a trip to Dorset!

This is by no means an ultimate guide to Dorset, and in fact only really covers a small part of it. It’s more of journal of places we’ve enjoyed whilst there, and will definitely go back to.

Weymouth

On a lovely sunny day the sea at Weymouth beach sparkles turquoise in the sun. You could almost be abroad, if it weren’t for the beautiful Victorian seafront architecture that make this such a quintessentially English seaside town. And the luxury extra touch on Weymouth beach? The imported super soft sand that underfoot feels like you’re drifting across a beach in the Maldives. Once you’ve had your fill of wave jumping, leave the donkey rides, Helter Skelter’s, and penny machines behind you and wander through the old town to find the beautiful harbour. Pick some takeaway fish and chips up from Fish’n’Fritz on your way through and sit and watch the boats come and go whilst crabbing off the harbour walls. Perhaps with a takeaway beer from the local pubs.

Abbotsbury

A small village with a lot going on, Abbotsbury is another pretty Dorest gem where you can easily fill a day or more. Find a babble of Independent shops and cafes in the village, as well as a pick-your-own flower farm. On the outskirts of the village you’ll find the stunning Subtropical Gardens, filled with rare and specialised plants, a Japanese garden and stunning views of Dorset from the highest points. Also in Abbotsbury is The Swannery, a lovely landscaped swan sanctuary where you can get close to these mesmerising birds. During late Spring you’ll find hundreds of fluffy grey cygnets. Very cute indeed.

Studland Bay – Knoll Beach

A National Trust spot, this shallow beach is a lovely spot particularly if you’re with wave-loving young children as you are never sat further than 5 meters from the sea – perfect for keeping a good eye on the adventurous little scamps. It’s a beautiful beach with a well-run National trust café serving good coffee. There is also water sports rental if that’s your thing and a sauna for hire. Nearby if you’re feeling fancy is the Pig on the Beach – a beautiful hotel and restaurant with walled kitchen garden. Otherwise for something a bit more just-stepped-off-the-beach, head to The Bankes Arms, a 2 min drive – (or walkable via a coastal path and then short stint along the country road) for decent pub grub, good beer and a beer garden with a cracking view.

The Crab House Cafe – Portland

Portland is a strange place, home to HM Prison The Verne and also a striking 18 miles worth of shingle and pebbles on Chesil Beach.  The Chesil is not a throw down your beach towel, buckets and spades type of beach but catch it from the right angle, like The Jailhouse Café located next to the prison and you will be rewarded with some of the best views in Dorset. The Crab House Cafe, one of a few beach cafes along this vast stretch, does an incredible job of serving up local fish, crab and oysters, with good wine and good service. Book well ahead!


Lyme Regis

I feel like this classy seaside town is either on people’s list places they want to go, or on peoples list of places they’ve been too and loved. It’s a lovely town to spend a day. Don’t miss the Town Mill Bakery set back from one of the windy back streets, where you can get excellent takeaway coffee and a loaf, or sit down for a hearty bowl of fish chowder. I tend to map out my holidays with places I can get a good oat milk flat white and places I can get a great loaf of sourdough (painfully millennial, i know), and this place does both.

Sutton Poyntz

Although small, this picture perfect little village on the outskirts of Weymouth is well worth a visit if you’re nearby. A beautiful steam runs through quaint little Sutton Poyntz with a duck pond at the heart. Over-looking the water, through a huge weeping willow is The Springhead – a great village pub which offers decent food, live music, quizzes and most importantly a play park alongside the large beer garden. Something else I now consider a golden ticket holiday.

 

A collection of photos from the last 12 months, I must add that that is definitely not Delilah’s glass of wine. And yes, she was drinking her mussel sauce through a straw.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this, as I said it’s by no means an exhaustive list, I could write a whole other post just on pubs… maybe that’s another idea for next time. I’ll dod bit more research on our next trip!

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