Osmington - beaches in Dorset

Osmington Mills

Osmington Mills, Weymouth DT3 6HF

A hidden gem of a beach which reveals giant prehistoric marine reptiles and a picturesque pub.

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25 miles from Highlands End
27.1 miles from Golden Cap
22.8 miles from Graston Copse
5.5 miles from Sandyholme

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Heading east out of Weymouth into Osmington you cannot fail to spot the large chalk figure on the hillside depicting King George riding on his horse. If you head back towards the coast at this point you will arrive in Osmington Mills. An attractive village which leads you down on to the South West Coast Path. Here you will find the pretty thatched roofed Smuggler’s Inn owned by Hall & Woodhouse. The pub regularly provides walkers with a very welcome refreshment stop and some hearty food to fuel you up the Purbeck Hills which await.

If you scrabble down to the path to the beach you will end up on Osmington Mills beach. This rugged and rarely visited beach is one for exploring rather than sunbathing. The beach is littered with boulders and pebbles of all sizes which are great for rock hopping. At low tide rock pools are revealed which are fascinating to explore. Search for sea urchins, crabs and starfish in these micro ocean environments.

An amazing fossilised marine reptile skull was unearthed in the cliffs here not so long ago. During 2009 the discovery of a fossilised pliosaur skull was announced. The skull, measuring 2.4 metres in length may be the largest, most complete skull ever unearthed of the most powerful predator ever to live on earth. So be sure to keep your eyes pealed when visiting for the next big discovery. The fossil is now on show at the Dorset County Museum in Dorchester, in the ‘Jurassic Coast Gallery’.

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What our guests say

  • The Most Magical Campsite

    We have just come back from the most magical few days staying at Highlands End. In fact, it was so good we extended our stay by a few days whilst on park. We are new to campsites and this was beyond my expectations

    Mr Scott - Tripadvisor
    Highlands End

  • Happy second visit

    Perfectly clean, ample space, lovely views, close to everything, what more could be asked for?

    Dan Pipper - Tripadvisor
    Golden Cap

  • Well maintained and quiet

    Lovely clean and tidy site. well maintained and quiet in walking distance to Hive Beach and West Bay only a couple of miles away over the coastal walk.

    Linda S - Google Reviews
    Graston Copse

  • Friendliest park on the Dorset coast

    Possibly the friendliest park on the Dorset coast. Staff are exceptional, very helpful and keep the place spotless. The views are fantastic. Showers and toilets are very modern and extremely clean.

    Mr Leck - Tripadvisor
    Highlands End

  • Fantastic

    This is a lovely quiet, friendly, well maintained site with very friendly, helpful staff who are knowledgeable about the local area and more than happy to pass on useful information to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.

    Nigel White - Tripadvisor

  • Wonderful three night stay

    Our pitch was spacious and quiet. The facilities were clean and a generous number of showers etc whatever time we needed them. A very picturesque site and plenty to do straight from the van without the need to drive

    Rachel L - Pitch Up
    Golden Cap

  • Beautiful weekend away

    This park is in a wonderful location. The local village is beautiful and only a 15 min walk along the river. The beach is then another 15 minutes along - again a beautiful walk. We were blessed with amazing weather so we spent the afternoon on Hive Beach.

    Clairey16 - Tripadvisor
    Graston Copse

  • Ideal base for exploring

    Ideal base for exploring Dorset , everywhere we wanted to visit was within easy reach . Site itself was very good, nice and quite and clean and staff very friendly.

    James S - Tripadvisor