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

  • Very peaceful Park

    The wildlife is stunning, we were visited by the ducks on a regular basis which was lovely. Our visit was very enjoyable and we will definitely be back in the future!

    Sarah W - Pitch Up
    Sandyholme

  • 5 out of 5 isn't enough!

    This is simply our favorite touring park along the south coast. The location couldn't be better with views to die for and an abundance of fresh sea air. The park is spic and span and extremely well kept with very friendly staff.

    Big Caravan Adventures - Tripadvisor
    Highlands End

  • Best holiday ever!

    This is by far the best Holiday Park I have been to. The views are breath taking with easy access to the beach and nice coastal walks to West Bay. If you're looking for a relaxing holiday in a stunning location, then this is the place to come.

    Alison D - TripAdvisor
    Highlands End

  • Fantastic holiday once again

    We have been coming here now every year for about 10 years. Its our favourite place and the Park has everything we need.

    Andy M - TripAdvisor
    Highlands End

  • A little bit of heaven!

    Golden Cap is a little bit of heaven. The views are awesome, right next to the sea. It's all relaxed and low key just how we like it.

    Esther Woodhouse - Facebook
    Golden Cap

  • Idyllic setting

    Quiet site in a beautiful setting with exceptionally clean toilets and showers

    Anthony M - Pitch Up
    Graston Copse

  • Would definitely recommend

    Close to beach, a nice local pub, dog friendly and a very relaxed atmosphere.

    Dan M - Pitch Up
    Golden Cap

  • A tour of Dorset!

    An excellent Park as a base to visit the Dorset coast, Jurassic Coast, Chesil Beach, Lyme Regis, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, to name a few.

    Arthur D - Tripadvisor
    Graston Copse

  • Fantastic Park

    10 out of 10 is not enough for this Holiday Park. We have been here 3 times and we love it more and more every time. The park has all you need, with some pitches overlooking the sea and a great restaurant.

    Shirley Thompson - Tripadvisor
    Highlands End

  • A hidden gem

    The location is amazing, right on the beach and all the facilities are good. It's a hidden gem this one, one of the best parks in the country

    Mark Tee - Tripadvisor
    Golden Cap

  • Lovely tranquil campsite

    The location was great as we could easily walk to the village or local beaches through the beautiful countryside. I would recommend this campsite to families for a peaceful and safe stay.

    Sarah - Tripadvisor
    Graston Copse