Monday, 30 June 2014
Walk 118 Weymouth to Abbotsbury (Dorset)
(Second leg of English coastal walk – Broadstairs to Lands End)
Map: L/R 194
Distance: 12 miles or 20 km approx
Terrain: coastal paths and some road
Access: Parking in Weymouth.
Public transport: X53 bus leaves and returns once an hour on weekdays up till about 8 at night
The walk starts at Ferrybridge near to the road across to Portland. Walk westwards along the coastal path to the bay near Charlestown. For the next few miles you get a good view of Chesil Beach. (An appropriate book to read when having a rest might be Ian McEwan’s, On Chesil beach). There is a rifle firing range on this stretch and, if it is active, you will need to follow the alternative path.
The path winds its way along to Fleet Lagoon. In 1824 there was a great gale or tempest which battered the Dorset coast and the village of Fleet was nearly washed away.
Further along is Gore Cove. There is a hotel here that was once called The Moonfleet. It was named after the 1898 novel by J Meade Falkner and was popular with children in the past. The village of Moonfleet is based on this area and the story is also set in Carrisbroke Castle on the Isle of Wight. It is a romantic tale set in times when smuggling was rife.
Photos show: The bay near Charleston; the firing range; Fleet lagoon.