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So we caught a fish. A mackerel. With my sons toy fishing rod. It was a big mackerel and quite the most extraordinary moment. Unexpected. So J felt quite proud I think. As novices with such practical skills involving nature. When the fish was pulled out of the water, something animalistic came over my normally calm hippy demeanor and I beat the fish a little too vigorously over the head with a large stone. Read more

River Exe Cafe

So I have to admit that I didn’t go on this trip…am going in a few weeks so can update accordingly but thought best to be prompt with this post as the floating  barge cafe on the river Exe only has a short season. Read more

Eype Beach

One of my favourite beaches; little there except a vast expanse of shingle to the East and West. Always room to find a quiet spot even in August. Varied walking options: the cliffs for uninterrupted views to Portland, a level stroll along the beach to West Bay for a pick me up or climb the hill to Higher Eype for the delightful Down House Farm Garden Cafe (post to follow).

  • small cafe  (part of the campsite) 100 m back up the beach road
  • campsite has bookable pitches right on the cliff front
  • parking just above the beach
  • West Bay cafe’s – Sladers Yard and The Watch House or The Riverside for a seafood lunch.

West Bexington, Chesil Beach

West Bexington sits on part of the incredible Chesil beach which is a phenomenal sight; an 18 mile mound of golden shingle. The coastal path here is right on the beach with panoramic views out to sea. You can walk easily to Burton Bradstock. The Blue Anchor Cafe just set back from the beach itself, is a great part of history from my favourite era, the ’60’s. Its a bungalow with kitsch interiors and owners who have kept themselves in that timewarp too. The Beach Chalets to the East of the seafront are to die for…

  • Easy parking on the seafront
  • Walk straight onto the coastal path from the car park
  • Cafe closed for deepest Winter months
  • Refreshments at The Hive (open all year) in Burton Bradstock.

The Spittles, Lyme Regis Back Beach

When you want to avoid the summer crowds The Spittles is the best escape. At low tide hundreds of rock pools are exposed and we have experienced many of moments of delight on discovering a rockpool treasure – crabs, limpets and little fish, the occasional starfish, plus a lot of seaweed. There is also great fossiling along the base of the (rather unstable) Blue Lias and clay cliffs. This is where Mary Anning (Lymes’ most famous resident) found her infamous Ichthyosaurus. Church beach is around the corner ,by the Marine Theatre and is a small refuge, especially in August.

  • Wear a shoe with grips for the rockpooling, barefoot not good.
  • Good spot for a beach barbeque.
  •  You can walk to Charmouth along the beach from here, check tide times and allow 2 hours either side.
  • Take a small fossil hammer as kids love bashing up the loose Blue Lias rock.

Weymouth Quay, Weymouth

I was brought up in Lancashire and we had an annual trip (which I loved) to the Blackpool illuminations every year. Weymouth certainly has a whiff of Blackpool about it (without the illuminations) but has that little extra jus, which you need to hunt a bit to discover. The seafront is an amazing expanse of sand backed by, slightly faded, hotel after hotel. Away from that is Weymouth Quay which has a totally different feel. A great working harbour with cafes, pubs and restaurants and a good walk along each of the quaysides. Plenty of boat watching potential. The Bull Hotel is opening another branch of its fab The Stables pizza restaurant here soon, so that most definitely demands another visit shortly…