Trip – Dorset 10-14 October 2019

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Thurs 10 October to Mon 14 October – 4 nights – in the Premier Inn, Weymouth Seafront.

NOTE: Dorset and Purbeck area may have poor mobile phone reception so please take maps that show car parks as the sat nav postcodes will be too vague.

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Outline Itinerary

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Sunrise is about 7.20am, sunset about 6.30pm – tide times in table below.

Thursday 10th October

Premier Inn Weymouth Seafront, Greenhill Preston Beach Rd, Weymouth DT4 7SX

PM – Weymouth Harbour, Seafront, Beach, RSPB Radipole Lake

SUNSET at Portland Bill and Pulpit Rock (you’ll need a lens cloth).  Portland Bill Parking Postcode: DT5 2JT

DINNER at Old Harbour Fish & Chips, 16 St Edmunds Street Weymouth DT4 8AR (Tel: 01305 458772)

Friday 11th October

SUNRISE view of Corfe Castle (pray for mist).  National Trust Parking Postcode: BH20 5DR.  

  • From the National Trust car park on the A351, cross the road and near the junction with Tyneham Road, go through a gate into a field. Cross the field, passing a barn on your left and go through a gate on the far side. Follow the footpath up West Hill. It’s a steep climb but you can take photos low down or further up.


  • NT Durlston Country Park and National Nature Reserve, Lighthouse Rd, Swanage BH19 2JL  1km walk to Anvil Point Lighthouse
  • Swanage Old Pier Car Park BH19 2AR, Swanage Steam Railway, Stone Quay, Banjo Jetty, Groynes
  • Peveril Point in Swanage
  • NT Studland Bay (Old Harry Rocks), NT Parking BH19 3AH
  • Studland: Dragon’s Teeth, Pill Box on Beach
  • Lunch at THE BANKES ARMS, Manor Road, Studland, Dorset BH19 3AU perhaps.
  • NT Studland and Godlingston Heath National Nature Reserve, BH19 3AA
  • Maybe catch a sight of Red Squirrels on Brownsea Island
  • RSPB Arne, Arne Rd, Arne, Wareham BH20 5BJ
  • The Tank Museum, Linsay Rd, Bovington, Wareham BH20 6JG (Adult £14)
  • Wareham by the River Frome, Parking BH20 4LP

SUNSET in Poole/Sandbanks.  Sandbanks – Shore Road Parking Postcode BH13 7QD

Saturday 12th October

SUNRISE – 50 minute drive to Old Harry Rocks, plus a 30 minute walk from Studland NT Car Park BH19 3AH (Bring Torch!)

(Alternative for sunrise without walking, Swanage Old Pier Parking BH19 2AR)


  • Dancing Ledge BH19 3HG (Careful down the 5ft drop as the bottom is slippery), natural “Swimming Pool”, Fossils.
  • Seacombe BH19 3LL Renscombe Car Park?!? (not sure about this postcode), 1.5km walk (can be muddy) to the coastal ledges
  • Worth Matravers Tea & Supper Room, Weston Rd, Swanage BH19 3LQ – To book 01929 439368.  Maybe only 30 minute parking.
  • Winspit, a walk which can be very slippery, BL19 3LL Renscombe Car Park?!? (not sure about this postcode)
  • St Aldhelm’s Head Chapel, Coastguard Station, Coastguard cottages, Anvil Rock BH19 3LL?!?
  • Swyre Head Car Park Postcode BH20 5LP, Swyre Head is the highest point in the area
  • Kimmeridge Bay, Clavell’s Tower, Central Ledge, West Side (Elephant hide rocks), Broad Bench, Clavell’s Pier, Parking BH20 5PF Toll Road, Wild Seas Centre (free).
  • Tyneham (deserted village), Church, School House, Phone Box, Cottages.  Tyneham Viewpoint Parking BH20 5DE?!?  “Go straight through Church Knowle and on to Steeple. As you approach Steeple, do not take the left turn to Kimmeridge.  At Steeple Leaze Farm the road bends round to the right and slowly climbs up the hill.  At the top of the hill the road bends sharply to the right but you need to take the left-hand turn.  There is no signpost but you will see the gate to the Army Ranges with a green portacabin alongside.  After a third of a mile, take the road on your left down into Tyneham valley.”
  • Tyneham Beach and Worbarrow Bay
  • Lulworth Cove Visitor Centre, Parking Postcode BH20 5RS and Stair Hole
  • The Castle Inn, Main Road, West Lulworth, Wareham Dorset BH20 5RN for lunch perhaps.
  • Mupe Bay is a walk away from Lulworth Cove
  • St Oswald’s Bay (steep footpath and steps which can be slippery), Man O’ War Cove

SUNSET at Durdle Door 18.27!!, Parking Postcode BH20 5PU (gates locked at 7pm!!) £5 for 4 hours.  The caravan park also locks their gate so you’ll need to move your car outside this area if you want to do night-time astro photography.

Sunday 13th October

SUNRISE looking towards Colmer’s Hill, Parking Postcode DT6 6AG (care is needed when parking as it seems to be at a junction on a fast road).  From the layby, walk North along Quarr Lane. Take the left fork and go through the gate onto Quarry Hill. Take photos from the 1) bottom and 2) top of Quarry Hill, 3) North side of Quarry Hill and opposite the lay-by up 4) Eype Down. The light can still be good at 9am.


  • Lyme Regis, Monmouth Beach Car Park Postcode DT7 3JN, Cobb (Quay), the Harbour.
  • Charmouth, Foreshore Car Park Postcode DT6 6QX, Golden Cap, Langdon Hill Car Park Postcode DT6 6EP for a woodland walk with fungi.
  • Pilsden Pen (countryside), layby postcode DT6 5NX
  • Eype Mouth Beach, Parking Postcode DT6 6AL
  • West Bay (made famous by Broadchurch), East Beach Car Parking Postcode DT6 4EN, Harbour.
  • Burton Bradstock, Burton Beach NT Car Parking DT6 4RF, Freshwater Beach, start of Chesil Beach.
  • Littlebredy and the Bride Valley, Layby Postcode DT2 9HH, Waterfall, Valley of Stones.
  • Abbotsbury, St Catherine’s Chapel, Beach Car Parking Postcode DT3 4LA
  • Abbotsbury Swannery Parking DT3 4JG (Adult £12.50)
  • taste* Café Chesil, Chesil Beach Visitors Centre, Portland Beach Road, Portland, Dorset DT4 9X

SUNSET – Minimalist sunset at West Bexington Beach Car Park Postcode DT2 9DF, Nature Reserve.

Monday 14th October

SUNRISE – Weymouth Harbour


  • Beech Avenue on the B3082 between Wimborne Minster and Blandford on the Kinston Lacy estate.
  • Cranborne Chase AONB, rolling hills, Win Green Hill, Ashmore
  • Gold Hill, Shaftesbury

Sunrise/Sunset & Tide Times

Sunrise c.07.20, sunset c18.30

Weymouth Tide Times – Scroll through, or click to enlarge then scroll through