Fri-Mon Aug 24th-27th
Nick and Rachael
£35 (including supplement) per person for the 3 nights
Staying at very scenic campsite near Jurassic coast. We will have campfires and barbecues. Site has full facilities, with pub nearby. We will combine with others from the group staying in Weymouth.
Set up camp. Option to walk along White Horse Hill. Barbecue and campfires.
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 10:00am. Also can try mackerel fishing out at sea, boats offer half day expeditions from the harbour.
Cycle ride to explore the beauty of Portland Bill, and Nothe Fort. Using Sustrans off-road trail 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. An alternative option is to walk 3 miles to magnificent Chesil beach which is 18 miles long, for fishing or walking options.
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.
Pubs and cafés on all routes
Public transport: train tickets from London Paddington - set up early alert for cheapest tickets. Coastal bus from Weymouth stops near campsite. Car sharing a possibility. Directions: Take the A353 out of Weymouth towards Preston, when you see the Waterside Holiday Park look out for Top Gear Garage, entrance 100 yards on left. From London head towards Weymouth when you reach the Warmwell Cross Roundabout, the entrance is before the blue Weymouth and Portland sign on the right.
White Horse Camping, Osmington, Weymouth, Dorset, DT3 6ED. On A353.