Weymouth Beach Coastal Retreat

Date

Fri-Mon Aug 24th-27th

Organisers

Jan and Martina

Cost

£47 (including supplement) per person for the 3 nights sharing in a 4 bed dorm

Activities

Weymouth is situated on the Jurassic coast and benefits from a glorious sandy beach with great walks along the South West coastal footpath.
Friday
Martina and Jan will be arriving at the hostel by 2pm and exploring the delights of Weymouth in the afternoon. They will probably have fish and chips on the beach. Early arrivals can try out the Jurassic Skyline tower for unrivalled views of this breathtaking natural phenomenon.
Saturday
A glorious walk to take your breath away in every sense of the word! This 12 mile walk is perhaps the most beautiful on the whole of the coast path. Starting at the tranquil Lulworth Cove, it passes the famous and much photographed St Oswalds Bay and Durdle Door. After Durdle Door, the crowds go and there are some steep climbs up the chalk cliffs, but you're rewarded with stunning views around the coast. The view from our picnic stop at the top of White Nothe is excellent, with Ringstead Bay below. After White Nothe cliff, the path becomes less severe with smaller gradients, passing through the village of Osmington Mills and then back into Weymouth. We catch the bus to the start at 10am. Other options are geo cache treasure hunt around Weymouth and surrounding parks and gardens. Also can try mackerel fishing out at sea, boats offer half day expeditions from the harbour.
Sunday
Cycle ride to explore the beauty of Portland Bill, and Nothe Fort. Using Sustrans off-road trial with stop at Portland Harbour beach café to see the wind and kite surfers race by. From Portland summit we will take in the views over Chesil beach and the fabulous Olympic Rings. Bikes will be available to hire from the hostel. An alternative option is to walk 3 miles to magnificent Chesil beach which is 18 miles long, for fishing or walking options.
Monday
Travel to Dorchester on way back. Easy walk from town to Iron Age hillfort of Maiden Castle. Extensive remains with views across West Dorset. Can also explore Dorchester itself and visit Thomas Hardy's cottage and sculptures by the lakes. Other option is visit to Abbotsbury Swannery on return journey. The Swannery was established by Benedictine Monks who built a monastery at Abbotsbury during the 1040s. You can help hand feed 600 swans. Abbotsbury is a lovely village to explore with medieval chapel and award winning tea shops.

Refreshments

Plenty of opportunity if available for 'Tiffin' at cafes, otherwise bring a packed lunch. If you don't like fish and chips from fabulous seaside cafes, there is a self catering kitchen in the hostel. If you would like to eat with the group on Saturday and Sunday, we will send you the booking details when you pay for the weekend.

Travel

Public transport: train tickets from London Paddington from £50 return - set up early alert for cheapest tickets. Driving: 2hrs 40 mins. Car sharing a possibility. Let organiser know if you are interested in car share.

Accommodation

Weymouth Bunkhouse Plus, 47 Walpole Street, Weymouth DT4 7HQ. 2 minutes from beach. We have booked the entire hostel.

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