Sunday started off with heavy rain so the game of tennis we had planned had to be cancelled and we visited friends and relatives instead! We visited Jo. Tim, Charlie and Thomas in the morning before spending some time parked at Baiter Park overlooking Poole Harbour for lunch and then heading off for a lovely Sunday afternoon and early evening roast dinner with Adrian and Bev. In the evening we returned back to Jo & Tim’s as we had offered to babysit whilst they went out to celebrate their 7th wedding anniversary. This also did us a real favour as we were able to stay the night at their house and make plenty of use of their internet connection and shower!
Yesterday morning it was still raining heavy and headed towards a campsite at Osmington Mills with a view to setting up for the day and night and maybe taking a walk along the coastal path. However, as the site was unable to provide any electric hook up or wifi, we continued further along the coast to Weymouth. The rain eased off and we took a stroll around the town, particularly as Weymouth happens to be one of Tony’s favourite, if not the most, favourite seaside town in the UK!
Whilst Tony had been listening to the James O’Brien radio show on LBC recently, he heard one of the phone-in callers mention her pie shop that was opposite the train station, and as it was around lunchtime we took it upon ourselves to sniff it out. We did find it and it is actually called the Homemade Pie & Ale House, was a really great venue, the pies were delicious and you could choose a glass of wine or pint of beer all for the same price as the pie. Bargain and no need to me to cook tonight!
We continued our stroll around Weymouth to walk off the pie and felt so sorry for the holiday makers and seasonal local businesses because the weather was pretty abysmal. Weymouth has a wonderful beach and it should have been packed in August, instead it was empty and everyone was sheltering from the rain and looking pretty miserable. Despite the weather, Weymouth is a lovely seaside town.
We headed west out of Weymouth to a campsite at Chickerell but after enquiring about a pitch for the night, we were told they were not taking any new bookings as the ground was so wet and muddy. We continued heading west and as Tony couldn’t cope with setting up in the mud, has splashed his cash and we are now on a fully serviced hard standing pitch with electric and wifi at Bagwell Farm Touring Park, a great site with excellent facilities, overlooking Chesil Beach.
The weather today has been more rain and more rain! We left Bagwell Farm this morning and continued west along the coast towards Bridport, passing through the picturesque villages of Portesham and Abbotsbury, both of which would have been lovely to take a stroll around and take some pictures but it was far too wet today! We turned off the main road and took a look at the beach at West Bexington and on a lovely sunny day would be a great place to park and go for a swim. The coastal road is very scenic, at least I think it is, but the mist and rain hindered our views today.
We carried on to West Bay and stopped for lunch on the quay (still in the rain) then continued to our campsite for the next 3 nights, Highlands End, set high on the clifftop and within walking distance of both Bridport and West Bay. It has finally stopped raining and the sun is trying to come out, we have a fabulous pitch overlooking the sea and are looking forward to better weather tomorrow so we can do some coastal path walking from the campsite.