Here are a few of our favourite places to eat - and drink - in the area:
Just a mile from Corner Cottage you will find the wonderful Smugglers’ Inn. Nestled down below the surrounding cottages and houses in its own little valley, it is in a wonderful, dogfriendly spot with a stream running down to the sea. This lovely old pub with parts said to date from the 13th century was once the home of the leader of the most notorious gang of smugglers in the area during the 18th and 19th centuries, Emmanuel Charles.
Another favourite is The Springhead which is located between our two cottages in the delightful village of Sutton Poyntz. They do a great carvery on a Sunday, they’re dogfriendly and if you get a sunny day, it’s worth sitting outside – primarily because of the stunning views with Osmington’s White Horse off in the distance to the right, but also because if, like us, you have a child/ children, the large play area makes for a far more tranquil drink or meal ;-)
Back in Weymouth itself, our absolute favourite for a very laid back, but also very cool (if women of a certain age can still use that word without sounding ridiculous!) atmosphere with great food, is The Stable. Specialising in pizza, pie and cider (but with all sorts of other edible and drinkable delights too) and located in the harbour, this one is really worth a visit. And as if all that wasn’t enough gushing about The Stable, it’s dogfriendly too!!
Lastly, for a bit of a treat, consider Al Molo. Part of the old pier, with art deco features and overlooking Weymouth Beach and the Esplanade, this restaurant enjoys an elevated position to take full advantage of its fabulous location. The food is excellent – definitely more of a fine dining than a dogfriendly experience – but if you get the chance, it’s such a great spot and while there are undoubtedly less pricey options, it’s well worth it for a bit of a treat.
(That's Al Molo sticking out into the sea and Mayfield is just a couple of minutes' walk behind the spire you can see the pic.)
What are your favourite places to eat and drink in Weymouth and are they dogfriendly?
Comment and let us know :-)
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So here are Keri's thoughts on some fabulous local dog walks:
I will keep this short and to the point as there is a lot of information to pack in. It occurred to me that going on holiday with dogs can be fun but sometimes, especially when the weather is warm, its nice to get away from the crowd! Hence the blog ..the title says it all really.
1 Lorton Nature Reserve and my personal favourite. This is a real hidden gem. Miles of virtually empty countryside, often you may only see a couple of other walkers and its teeming with wildlife. Squirrels, deer, birds of prey, lizards, foxes.. we have seen them all.
To access the nature reserve use postcode DT3 5RZ. This takes you up Lorton Lane, the lane becomes very narrow and you may be concerned you are in the wrong place, you are not. Keep going right down to the end, about half a mile. Be aware it is used by pedestrians and cyclists too so be prepared to stop. At the bottom you will be able to park for free outside the Dorset Wildlife Trust visitor centre. If it is open you will be able to get a map of t he reserve walks but if not just take a ramble and see where you end up. There is a dog waste bin down there too.
2 White Nothe, Ringstead, a few miles outside Weymouth, but the views are stunning. It is a steep walk down from the free National Trust car park to the beach but if you can't face the huge climb back up there is a private car park down by the beach where you can pay £5 to park.
There are quite often sheep around so you need to be aware and the walk down to the beach from the top car park does go through a farmyard but it is well worth a visit. Follow the postcode DT2 8NQ. Again the road leading to the car park is quite narrow at times. This picture is the view from the top car park, with Portland in the distance.
3 Portland Quarries (home of the famous Portland Stone) and High Angle Batteries, right on the top of the island with some stunning views over Chesil Beach but wander just a few hundred metres from those views, if you can drag yourself away and you can walk a huge area of old quarries, past the back of HMP The Verne which is one of Portlands 2 prisons and on to the old batteries which are quite spooky and overgrown in their own way and once again a haven for insects and birds.
Head for postcode DT5 2EN and you can park for free in one of the car parks which overlooks Chesil Beach on the left hand side of the road. Then either cross over and head across the grassland to the old quarry area or follow the road on foot and explore the area around the batteries. You can find out more information about the Batteries here. http://www.portlandhistory.co.uk/verne-high-angle-battery.html This area is canine heaven, huge areas to run around and bunnies galore. Just remember you are not allowed to call them rabbits on Portland, folklore says that just saying the word would cause the islands quarries to collapse inwards trapping all the workers inside.
4 The old Road at Upwey, this leads up to the Bronze Age Viking Burial Pit that was discovered in 2009 when the towns relief road was being built. 54 dismembered skeletons and 51 skulls were found. A macabre find indeed.
There is a small information pod up at the location plus there are once again some stunning views.
There are 2 ways to the top of the Ridgeway where the burial pit is located. Either way, you need to head for the postcode of DT35JZ as if heading for Dorchester. Follow the road around a sharp bend to the right, under a bridge and before the next bridge there are a couple of small rough stone laybys. Park up here and walk the short distance towards the larger bridge which carries the bypass.. before you get there, turn left towards the farm on the cycle path and you will find yourself on the old disused road between Weymouth and Dorchester. Be careful of the cyclists, they do go fast down the hill. You can either follow the road up to the top of the hill or a short way up there is a left hand towards the farm. It is signposted and this will take you a slightly more scenic route up the old Roman Road, this is the safer option if your dog is off lead and likely to cut across the path of cyclists. It brings you out at the top of the hill and you can either go left across more farmland for a longer walk or right over the bridge to the burial pit, more information regarding the pit is available at this link. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ridgeway_Hill_Viking_burial_pit
5 I was torn over the final entry for this blog, there are so many other lovely walks around here but I'm writing a blog not a book!
I have settled on White Horse Hill at Osmington. Depending on which way you enter the town you may pass by this amazing carving in to the hillside of King George III riding his horse. Its a fair climb to the top and brings you up above the horse itself but the view are amazing and you may, like us, be lucky enough to be able to watch the paragliders taking off.
To get here head for DT3 6LU. Park up at the bottom of Church Lane if you can (or just leave the car where it is if you're staying at Corner Cottage!), it may not be possible and you may find yourself parking back in the village and walking down. Over the style at the end of the road and you are heading the in the right direction. You will be able to see the horse. Some parts of this walk are very steep and its not a quick walk. Great for a picnic at the stop however whilst you admire the stunning views.
As always, please remember to close gates, keep dogs under control near livestock and also take poo bags! You won't find a bin on every corner but my top tip is hang your used bags on the back of the car over the rear windscreen wiper until you can find a bin! Just don't switch the wipers on!!
Above all, enjoy!
As the memories of the long hazy days of summer on Dorset's beautiful beaches start to fade, the Dorset countryside begins to take on the warm hues of early Autumn. This is without a doubt my favourite time of year in Dorset as the landscape is at its most atmospheric. Any early risers among you will be treated to a particularly fabulous spectacle around dawn when soft golden sunlight illuminates the hills, while the shady valleys remain laced with mist and frost.
The dewy mornings and humid wet days result in our woodlands exuding the familiar musty smell of fungus and decay. This is the perfect time to search for some of the many colourful and interesting toadstools and fungi which can be found in Dorset, but you’ll need to be quick as the fruiting bodies of many species don’t last long. They often appear shortly after rain but are quickly eaten by hungry mice, slugs and snails.
You’ll also need a keen eye to spot some of the well-concealed but fascinating species which occur amongst the leaf litter on the woodland floor. It’s only when you get down to their level that you can appreciate the vibrant colours, intricate shapes and textures which led to some intriguing names such as horn of plenty, earth star and shaggy pholiota.
The fallow deer rut is at its peak in mid October. Bucks are in prime condition with very impressive antlers and the Deer Park at Stock Gaylard, just half an hour or so from our properties has a fabulous collection.
While the kaleidoscope of Autumn colour delights our eyes, the changing scenery also brings about changes to the local wildlife.
Most of the summer’s swifts, swallows and martins have departed to warmer climes, but they are replaced with a bevy of winter visitors such as redwing and fieldfare, which appear in time to feast on the wild fruit which now adorns hedgerows throughout the county.
Flocks of starlings begin roosting en masse for protection and warmth in the dense reedbeds all along the coast. At the water’s edge the shorebird migration is almost at an end. Wading birds such as sanderling, grey plover and purple sandpiper have arrived for the winter. Just before sunset skeins of wild brent geese fly back to their overnight roosts on the Fleet lagoon and in Poole harbour.
WATCH THIS SPACE FOR OUR NEXT BLOG ABOUT SOME OF DORSET'S BEST AUTUMN WALKS :-)
Well I'm new to all this blogging stuff so thought I would get things off to a start by telling you a little about myself, my family and our dog, Cashew.
My name is Sam, and I live in Surrey with my husband Chris and our son Freddie, now just 6 years old. The pic below was taken at Corner Cottage the very first weekend after we bought it when we were staying down there with friends and family whilst getting ourselves set up.
Until recently, we had two beautiful Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Poppy and Cashew, but sadly we lost Poppy earlier this year, although her legacy lives on in our hearts - and in our cottages - where we have taken care to provide non-slip floor coverings because otherwise Poppy would refuse to enter!!
Poppy was unbelievably kind and tolerant to Cashew when he arrived and turned her peaceful world upside down. Cashew is 9 now, and getting very grey in his old age, but still fills my heart with joy when all 43 kilos of him hurls himself at me with delight when we come home.
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Hi! I'm Sam :-)