A day out in Weymouth
Weymouth is a must-visit resort during a holiday in Dorset, particularly for families as there is so much to see and do! This summer the town has received a lot of attention, thanks to the many cruise ships currently anchored, as well as ‘Sammy the Seal.’
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Have you met Sammy? The resident seal at Weymouth who first settled here during the lockdown. Well today he decided he fancied a go on my paddleboard and loved it so much he stayed for 3 hours. I gave him plenty of space and didn't touch him, it's important to remember that he is a wild animal. Glad I could give him so well needed rest. Thanks for the most amazing memory Sammy 🥰 #weymouthbay #bluefinsup #sammytheseal #paddleboardinguk #wildseal #sealife #weymouthbeach #adventures #sealpaddleboarder
Sammy has become a local celebrity and started visiting Bowleaze Cove beach during lockdown, when wildlife was thriving. In the first few weeks, he was often seen resting and sunbathing on the beach and he’s not been put off by the return of people to the beach and now has even been enjoying a spot of paddleboarding off the shore. Please note that Sammy is a wild creature and people shouldn’t get too close.
Sammy is not the only wildlife flourishing in Weymouth Bay, as a pod of playful dolphins have been enjoying following the lifeboat around the waters off the beach. The dolphins followed the boat for over 2 miles all the way to an incident off Ringstead Bay and stayed in the area following the jet skis and lifeboats for around 15 minutes. The playful bottlenose dolphins are the most common of the whales, dolphins and porpoises that are spotted off the Dorset coast.
There are a number of pods of dolphins that are regularly spotted in the area and the good news for dolphin spotters is that they come to the surface every 15 to 20 minutes to breathe. The best spots on the Jurassic Coast to spot dolphins are Durlston Head, Peverill Point and out at sea on boat trips.
Both our boats were called to reports of a jet ski on fire just off ringstead yesterday. Once we got there, everyone was safe and being looked after by a couple of local boats and our local dolphins!Loving Weymouth & PortlandAt the time of the incident, the dolphins were approximately 2 miles away and followed a local boat which was responding to the mayday. They stayed in the area with the jet skis and lifeboats for approx 15 minutes before going on their way.Www.justgiving.com/weymouthLifeboat
Posted by Weymouth Lifeboat on Saturday, 15 August 2020
Another popular sight at Weymouth currently is the many cruise ships that are currently ‘parked up’, enjoying the sanctuary and safety of the bay until cruises are allowed to resume once again. The bay and Isle of Portland offers protection in the English Channel against the south west storms and waves and it’s just a short trip to the docks at Southampton. The ships take it in turn to take short journeys along the channel through Lyme Bay or head east towards Southampton before coming back.
Over the last few months, over 10 different cruise ships have been anchored here and at one point, the whole P&O fleet was situated in Weymouth Bay and currently the Cunard ‘three queens’ are all present in the Bay – the Queen Mary, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth. It is not uncommon to see cruise ships here but it is usually 1 or 2 at a time, where they dock at Portland Harbour and do day excursions to Durdle Door or Stonehenge.
The best place from which to spot the cruise ships are Lookout Road at Bowleaze Cove, Osmington Mills beach and Ringstead Bay beach, each of which has parking and a cafe or pub for refreshments. Alternatively, a great viewpoint from higher up and further away would be Hardy’s Monument or the viewpoint at the top of Verne Common Road on the Isle of Portland. To check which cruise ships are currently in the bay, download the free app ‘Marine Radar.’
Snapper Weymouth are currently offering boat trips out around the cruise ships from Weymouth Harbour and you may be lucky enough to see a pod of dolphins while you are there.
Ringstead Bay, Osmington and Weymouth are a short 10-15 minute drive from our Sandyholme Holiday Park. They are also approximately only a 30 minute drive from our three Bridport-based holiday parks – Highlands End, Golden Cap and Graston Copse and it’s a lovely drive along the Jurassic Coast Road via Abbotsbury.
You will definitely want to stop and look at the view at the top of Abbotsbury Hill and possibly even schedule a stop in the village at one of the many tea rooms, galleries or attractions. Abbotsbury Sub-tropical Gardens, Abbotsbury Swannery and Abbotsbury Children’s Farm are all popular visitor attractions and no trip to Abbotsbury would be complete without a walk to the top of the hill where St Catherine’s Chapel sits, overlooking Chesil Beach and the Fleet Lagoon.