Looking out from one of the most southerly cliffs in the British Isles and breathing in a lungful of sea air, is one refreshing way to really get into ‘holiday mode’. Dorset is one of the most striking areas on our island when it comes to sea views; this blog picks out a couple of the best…with a few extra pointers about spending your family holidays there.
Dorset’s shoreline is part of the Jurassic Coast – a World Heritage Site since 2001 and now mentioned in the same breath as the likes of Yellowstone Park. You could happily spend your Dorset holidays just on the beach but with its idyllic countryside of thatched cottages, rustic pubs and traditional watermills, the region has so much more to offer…far too much to squeeze into one post, so let’s stick to the viewing points for now:
A rocky holiday peninsula to the south of Weymouth, Portland is the perfect blend of coastal beauty and buzzing civilisation. Why not take a day out to the harbour and soak up two views for one? You can look out to Weymouth in one direction and Chesil Beach in the other. Catch a sunny day here and enjoy the sugary-soft sand, boat trips and some proper seaside fish ‘n’ chips.
Where to stay:
Weymouth Bay – everybody seems to have a smile on their face here and it’s little wonder why, as the park is surrounded by natural woodland and packed with things to do…including plenty of water-based activities in the heated pools (indoor & outdoor). Portland Harbour is just three miles away…as is the biggest sea life experience in the UK – Weymouth Sea Life park.
If you’re feeling snap-happy with the camera, save some battery life for the view from Weymouth Tower, part of the Sea Life Park...it’s pretty big so you can’t miss it.
Lyme Regis: The Cobb
‘The Cobb’ sits proudly in the sea waters surrounding Lyme Regis and bears some of the most spectacular waves that strike the British coast.
It does have its calmer moments though and the views at sunset here really are something else. This is the ideal place to bring the family on a more laidback day trip – you’ll be spending enough energy at the nearby holiday park…
Where to stay:
Littlesea – a 5-star park with a ridiculously good view of its own and a family atmosphere that just encourages fun to be had in the fresh air. The simple pleasures, like that stunning view, is what this park is perfect for: lots of green space for some ball games in your socks, winding coastal paths for some quiet time away and loads of action-packed activities with the staff on-park.
Wake up early and be the first to dive into the heated outdoor pool…floating in the warm water as you look beyond the palm trees and into the Dorset sunrise is an almost tropical luxury, difficult to find anywhere else in the UK.
The real bonus about these two southern holiday spots is that you can enjoy all the facilities of Littlesea, even if you’re staying in neighbouring Weymouth Bay (and vice-versa). Book your family holidays today and get the best of both worlds, in the sunniest climate the UK has to offer.