I think many of us visit the seaside to go to the actual beach, be beside the sea. We're lucky enough to live near the sea so when we visit we like to look at the town and back streets more than going to the beach.
The other bonus, in regards to Weymouth, is that it's only around 30 miles from us, so takes us about 40 minutes to get there.
That out of the way, let me show you a little of Weymouth you may not take in on a day visit.
For most people, when they write about Weymouth, you will probably see images of the seafront such as
You may even see images of the fairground up the top
But, did you see the big anchor?
Wander around over the other side of the channel to the harbour and you will find some little, and expensive, chip shops. There's are some little houses and nice things like ice cream. Wander around enough and you will find this big anchor resting against one of the buildings.
It's a little bit unkempt as you can see. Few bits of rubbish around, which is a shame, but still one of those things that you may not find unless you take a good look around. Lucky for us, our kids love the wonder and adventure.
On the same side, just around the corner from this anchor, is the channel into the harbour.
To the right you can see some tables which belong to the chip shop my wife was in, grabbing us an expensive snack. They always taste nicer though when you're on the waterfront. You can also make out some house fronts along the top right of this image. What a nice view in the morning.
Although there are cars in this image. Behind them, the raised part runs along the channel into the harbour. You get boards moored there and quite often there is plenty of smelly fishing equipment. On occasion, I've seen a little open market up there, where I have a lovely coffee before.
And talking of the channel, here are a couple of images of that too
In the above image, you can see a boat with a man rowing. He is one of the taxi services which take you from one side to the other. Something to experience...
Well, there are plenty at the top of the town. Funny thing is, when we moved down to the South Coast, one of the B&B's in the road in the below image was for sale. We were tempted
Well, you can do that too. At the top of the town is Weymouth Pavillion. They have shows on which you can take in. One other thing you may not consider but is worth a look
I hope that these images show you a little more of Weymouth that you may normally look.
A general day out for use there goes mostly around the same kind of routine - we do it enough for there to be a routine.
We park up in one of the Backstreet car parks and head through the town.We walk up through the town to the lifting bridge and cross over, then wander down the channel side till we hit the chip shops. We then walk around the street taking in the view of the buildings and houses (and anchor).
We then walk back over and down the other side of the channel - popping to the open door market if we ever catch it in. This takes us up to the Pavillion and across to the fair.
Kids go on the rides, its token-based so not too much. Then back over to the beach on most days. We live a couple of miles from a nice beach so it's not the most important thing.
Then back to the town for a nice coffee and cake. Then back to the car.
There is the odd occasion we park down by the Sealife centre and walk up; there is a nice walk up along the seafront.
For those of you that haven't made it to Weymouth but have wondered about it. I hope these images show you more than just that seafront. What I didn't include is images of Weymouth Fort - well I have to leave you something to discover.
I'll maybe see you over there some time.