Top things to see and do in Weymouth, Dorset
Weymouth is on my doorstep (I live in the Dorset countryside), but I blush to admit I have previously only visited the town once in the past decade.
More fool me, as it turns out Weymouth is buzzing with things to do, delicious food to eat, and friendly locals. What’s more, despite a day of blazing sunshine, the beaches were quiet and serene.
Weymouth is a fairly small seaside town with just over 50,000 inhabitants and forms part of the fossil-rich Coast. The town is connected to the Isle of Portland (of lighthouse fame) by a long, straight causeway.
I was pleased to discover that Weymouth has not fallen to the melancholic “days gone by” atmosphere of some seaside resorts and instead felt like an inviting place for young adults wanting a bit of fun and frolic.
Here are my recommendations of what to do during a stay in Weymouth.
Cycle the Rodwell trail
The Rodwell Trail is a 2-mile railway that follows a disused railway line and is suitable for walkers, scooters, bicycles, and mobility scooters. The picturesque path is fully surfaced and takes in some lovely views of Portland Harbour and Sandsfoot. This is a popular spot for birdwatching, and you may even see a great spotted woodpecker.
The railway leads on to the causeway that connects Weymouth to Portland, and it is possible to extend your cycle on the Portland Legacy Trail.
We stopped at Taste at Chesil beach for a spot of lunch and a wander. I really enjoyed my Portland crab sandwich with a glass of sparkling elderflower.
Take a self-guided tour of Nothe Fort
Note Fort, located just a short walk from Weymouth Harbour, is a Palmerston fort built to protect Britain from the French invasion. In the Cold, it was used as a nuclear bunker and gunning placement, and to this day, it displays some impressive heavy machine guns.
Visitors can explore three levels, taking in some fantastic views of Portland harbour from the ramparts. The mid-level is the Victorian gun deck level, and the lower level is where ammunition was stored.
I particularly enjoyed exploring the tunnels of the lower level, which contains numerous mini-exhibitions detailing Nothe Forts. It also contains an incredible selection of models depicting naval.
Paddle Board at Cove
Paddle Boarding is all the rage at the moment, and for good reason. It is simple to learn, relaxing and doesn’t require extreme levels. You can either sit on the board or stand up and propel yourself forward as you admire the pretty seaside views.
You can head out to Weymouth Beach to paddleboard, but if you are a beginner, you may prefer Cove, a secluded sandy beach with fairly shallow waters and few waves. Parking is free on the hill above the cove, and when we arrived, the place was deserted apart from a couple of families and one other lone paddleboarder.