Weymouth beaches and long, curving bay, handily protected by the massive Chesil Beach stone barrier and Isle of Portland, is a fine, traditional holiday resort and has seen fit to change little since – according to local people – King George III chose it as his favourite seaside destination from 1789 to 1805, bought a home and swam here regularly. Sadly recent BBC research begs to differ: George III didn’t go to Weymouth for his holidays, he stayed there because the Duke of Gloucester had a residence nearby. The king didn’t swim and was forced to leave smartly when someone tried to kill him. Later ‘Mad’ King George visited Weymouth a few times, but only for political reasons, not to admire the seafront.
Weymouth beach sand is white (ish) at the southern end and develops into shingle (small pebbles) as you head towards the hills in the north.
As the bay heads towards Bowleaze Cove, the main watersports activities take place, including windsurfing, scuba diving, jet skiing, and kid-size surfing, ie almost no wave size.
The beach’s Punch and Judy show.
This is one of the few traditional remaining P & J shows in the UK – perhaps at least partly due to the remarkable and politically incorrect violence used by Punch on his spouse? Weymouth Bay in the background was the venue for Olympic sailing events in 2012.
Weymouth promenade, stretching along most of the beach and lined with attractive guest houses and small hotels.
Weymouth council claim that their climate is the best in Britain, with mild winters and hot summers, though Bournemouth council would argue the point. Still, Weymouth Beaches are unarguably less developed and more old-fashioned than Bournemouth though reaching it by road in the summer season can mean sitting in a long and tiresome queue of cars. The train is the low-stress way to reach to town, though a car is useful to explore Dorset’s attractions and the spectacular coast around.
Chesil beach, Weymouth
Chesil beach seen from the top of Portland ‘Isle’, with Weymouth Beaches a couple of miles to the right.
The sea off 19 mile-long Chesil beach (26 kms) is not at all inviting for serious walking as the pebbles slope into the water steeply and the water is very cold and usually rough. However, the beach is a stunning sight and well worth a bit of a walk.
The next sizeable seaside resort west along the coast is Lyme Regis, fossil central on the Jurassic Coast.
Southwest Dorset Map including Weymouth
A map showing the location of Weymouth in Dorset with the coastal path running through it. The nearest large town is Poole, with which it is connected by rail as well as road.