12 Amazing Things to Do in Weymouth by Bus
Published by: Curtis Williams 18/05/2015 at 1:35 pm
The Jurassic Coaster X53 First Bus route has to be one of the most varied bus rides you will ever take. Spanning from Exeter to Poole, the X53 stops in and around Weymouth making it a great way to get the most out of a trip to Dorset. Pick a couple places a day and work your way along the stunning Jurassic Coast.
Bus Stop: West Bay George Hotel – Jurassic Cliffs & Broadchurch
1. Iconic Jurassic Cliffs
The cliffs at West Bay are a sight to be seen. Their yellow/orange colour is a striking contrast to the green fields and the blue sea. Walk along the shore and see the cliffs for yourself. Do not get too close as these cliffs are known to have landslips.
Yes, this stop on the X53 is the home of DI Hardy and DS Miller in the hit ITV series Broadchurch. Spot DI Hardy’s blue hut on the River Brit, pop into the Harbour newsagent, and the Ellipse café!
Bus Stop: Abbotsbury Ilchester Arms – Attractions
This is the only location in the world where you can get up close and walk through a colony of nesting mute swans. Every day throughout the summer visitors are able to help feed over 600 nesting swans – something little ones will love. Keep your eyes peeled for fluffy cygnets or cute younger birds. Take a leisurely stroll and see the adult’s bright white feathers and striking orange beaks reflecting in the water. The Swannery has been seen in Hollywood too with Harry Potter using the area as a location for filming!
4. Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens
The Abbotsbury Gardens are a spectacular sight when all the flowers are in bloom. Not to be missed!
5. St Catherine’s Chapel
The walk up the hill to St Catherine’s Chapel is one where you are rewarded at the end. It is a climb, however, the view across the Fleet to Portland, Chesil Beach and in the foreground Abbotsbury village is one to remember. The view of the beach from here has been voted by Country Life magazine as Britain’s third best view! Explore this curious little chapel and spot the ‘wishing holes’ where local women used to pray to St Catherine and ask her to find them a husband.
Bus Stop: Portesham Kings Arms – Quintessential Dorset Village
6. Dorset Village
Meander around Portesham and see the sights of a quintessential Dorset village. With streams running parallel to the road and thatched cottages; it really is a beautiful village. After your walk take a seat in the village pub and enjoy a cool drink or hot meal.
Bus Stop: Chickerell, Meadow Close – Fleet Lagoon & Moonfleet
7. The Fleet Lagoon
The Fleet Lagoon has been designated as a wildlife reservation site, although boating, bathing and fishing are permitted in certain areas. Nationally rare species of plants such as slender hare’s-ear and small-flowered buttercup have been found here. When standing on The Fleet, you are at the centre of the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site.
Moonfleet, J Meade Falkner’s thrilling novel about smugglers, ghosts, diamonds and shipwrecks uses East Fleet as its inspiration for Moonfleet village. Visit Moonfleet Manor for a bite to eat and take in the surroundings.
Bus Stop: Weymouth King Statue – Weymouth
Rising 53m above the resort, the Tower offers unrivalled views of the Jurassic Coastline – Britain’s first natural World Heritage site. Turning 360º so you won’t miss a thing the sleekly designed Weymouth Tower is a dramatic addition to the Weymouth landscape and treats guests to a breath taking panoramic vista. Views extend far into the English Channel and right down the coast to the famous Lulworth Cove and the iconic Durdle Door arch.
10. Weymouth Beach
When you think of Weymouth, the iconic beach with the Georgian seafront in the background springs to mind making it an unmissable stop on your X53 tour. The classic seaside donkeys and beach huts are there for you to enjoy. Why not relax with an ice cream on the sand?
The RSPB’s only in-town wetland, Radipole Lake, is a great place to unwind and get close to nature whilst being only stone’s throw away from the town centre. Watch swallows, martins and others swoop over the reed beds. Keep an ear out for sounds coming from these reed beds; warblers and water rails will be making their presence known.
Bus Stop: Preston Spice Ship – Sutton Poyntz & White Horse Walk
Jump off the X53 bus at Preston Spice Ship and follow the sign to Sutton Poyntz. The millpond here is a great little beauty spot. The White Horse, depicting George III on horseback, on the South Downs of Osmington is an iconic landmark of Weymouth’s countryside. Click here for details of a 4 mile walk to see the horse for yourself. The Springhead Pub where you start is a perfect place to grab a well-earned refreshment after you finish.