Hidden long the coastline of Dorset is the gem of Weymouth, a fantastic
seaside town with the best sandy beach around. Weymouth has no through road,
so you have to be going to Weymouth in order to end up there. The sand here
is so fine and clean, it blows into your hair like powder. The water is
shallow for miles away from the shore and only goes up to your waist even if
you venture way way out.
There are nice seafood stalls along the seafront too, serving everything from
jellied eel to mussels.
But do not forget to try the dressed crab with Tabasco sauce, a must for sea
Weymouth can be rather busy in the high seasons, specially with tourists
swarming the place when the weather is fine. So if you want to break away
from the crowd and enjoy a bit of peace and quiet, there is a hidden gem just
outside of Weymouth awaiting to be discovered. About ten minutes drive away
is Portland, a linked island from Weymouth. Before you get to Portland, make
sure you look right all the time, or you will miss the most spectacular beach
of all, Chesil Beach.
Chesil is rather different to Weymouth in that it is a pebble beach rather
than sandy, but boy is it clean ! If you just want to completely leave the
rat race of London behind and absorb the blend of sea air and the most
beautiful music nature can offer, then make sure you go down to Chesil Beach
and sit next to the waterline. Now close your eyes and listen to the sound of
the water lapping against the millions of pebbles every time the waves come
in. If this is not the best and sweetest music you ever heard, then write me
a complaint on a postcard. Eat your heart out, Jean Michel Jarre !
Just before you get to Chesil Beach, there is an immediate right turn which
will take you to the best Oyster Farm in Dorset
You can try out at least seven different Oyster dishes, and best of all, you
can see where they come from, just behind the hut itself. However, do check
before you set out, if this is one of your goals, as the oysters hatch for
certain months in the year, so they will be off the menu in these months.