In the Summer of 2010 I went camping for the first time to Weymouth, staying at a small campsite in the town of Osmington. We could not have been luckier with the weather during our week long adventure and although being a bit nervous about my ability to ‘rough it’ in the English countryside, I ended up becoming quite the camping enthusiast.
The site itself was located just off of the coast in a field near several large holiday sites explicitly for caravans. It was a small, affordable site on the road opposite a handy garage store, with a bus stop into Weymouth (1 every hour) and a small, but well maintained, toilet/shower block.
See http://www.osmingtoncampsite.co.uk/ for details – £13/tent/night
It had fantastic views of the surrounding area, especially at sunset and sunrise each day. Just a short walk from the site was the sea, along with a lovely coastal pub called the Smugglers Inn. Although having to wait almost 2 hours for a dinner on our last night, it was a lovely pub with a array of ciders available and good food, just unfortunately few staff members all very much run off their feet.
Walking into central Weymouth was good, taking just a couple of hours along the coastal path. Once in the town we explored the shops and the beach, then headed on to Portland, a promontory off of the mainland. Here we drove by bus around the island, all the way to the tip to see the light house.
On another day we travelled by bus into Lyme Regis, a jewel on the Jurassic coast. It’s an old and unspoilt town that has a lovely seaside front. We were lucky enough to be there for Lifeboat Week and ended up seeing the RAF Falcons Team jumping on to the beach whilst performing an impressive parachute fall formation. This was a great day out, especially being able to relax on the beach after searching for interesting sea life.
On the final day we decided to take on the ambitious task of walking along the coastal path from Osmington Mills all the way to Lulworth Cove. This was an 8 mile journey along coastal paths, many of which were new due to severe coastal erosion removing the previous ones. It was an exhilarating walk in the hot sun up extremely steep climbs on the chalky cliffs, passing Durdle Door and St Oswald’s Bay. I felt a strong sense of accomplishment walking such a beautiful and challenging walk.
All in all it was a fantastic holiday where I thoroughly enjoyed exploring such beautiful English coastal areas and it really gave me a taste for camping. Although every year I travel around the UK to enjoy an Easter cottage holiday aimed at exploring and walking, mainly for my dog, I have never considered walking with much passion, but this gave me a whole new enjoyment for the activity, one which I hope to pursue from now on.