I often get asked where the best places to walk dogs in Weymouth are. So here are a few suggestions. This compilation is by no means exhaustive – so please feel free to leave any other suggestions.
There is a dog area all year round at the Weymouth Pavilion end of the beach and Preston Beach. No dogs on remainder of beach from Good Friday to October 31st (inclusive).
In the winter months this is perhaps the most sociable place for owners and their pooches to walk. With a long stretch of beach running from Weymouth Pavilion to Bowleaze Cove (approx 2 miles), it’s a real treat for everyone.There are several dog friendly cafes on route!
Above Bowleaze Cove is Jordan Hill which has beautiful far reaching views of Weymouth Bay.
If you fancy a bite to eat there is the Lookout Cafe that has indoor and outdoor seating.
There is street parking with no charges. Dogs are allowed off leads all year round.
Nearby are the foundations of a 4th century Romano-Celtic temple. A small pit was found within the temple contain a pagan offering of birds and coins. In the surrounding land the remains of around 100 burials were uncovered – no one is sure who they were. The temple could have possibly been used as a signal station for fishermen. Dogs to be kept on leads.
Lodmoor Country Park
Lodmoor Country Park is a large area with various attractions. There is a play area, picnic tables, Pitch and Putt Golf Course and the Rio Grande diesel train that takes visitors around the track. Sealife, Pirate Golf and Sandworld are also located here. Nearby is a cafe, pub/restaurant and a large car park with toilets.
For dog walkers there are footpaths that cut across the park – dogs are allowed off leads. Well worth a visit in spring when the daffodils are in bloom.
Adjacent to Lodmoor Country Park is a RSPB Nature Reserve with observation hides and display boards giving details of the birds that visit the reserve. There is a flat 2.5 km circular walk route around the reserve – dogs are welcome but need to be kept on leads.
There are not many towns that can boast to having a nature reserve in their midst. Completely enclosed by roads and houses the lake is packed with wildlife including kingfishers and Bitterns. There are even otters. There are two flat nature trails and one hide(open 8.30am – 4.30pm).
There is a visitor’s centre (open 9.00am – 4.00pm, 5.00pm in summer) with a small cafe attached. There is a large car park.
Dogs to be kept on the paths and leads at all times.
These are public gardens with stunning views overlooking both Weymouth and Portland Harbours. Both the Nothe Fort and Newtons Cove are located here.
There is a car park and toilets near the entrance to the Nothe Fort. There is a cafe near the main entrance of the gardens.
Dogs are welcome all year but have to be on leads from Good Friday to October 31st(inclusive).
There is a bridge and path leading to a designated dog exercise area which is near Bincleaves Road.
The Rodwell Trail runs from Westham Halt to Ferrybridge for approximately 2 miles. The walk follows the track bed of the Weymouth & Portland Railway which closed to freight in 1965 (the passenger service having finished in 1952). By 1970 the tracks on the route had been lifted and by the mid-1980s, parts of the old track-bed had become a shortcut for walkers between Abbotsbury and Ferrybridge Roads. A project to open up the whole route as a pathway began in 1997 and the Rodwell Trail officially opened in 2000.
There are many interesting sights on this trail such as the World War II Gun Emplacement Viewing Point, Rodwell Station, Sandsfoot Halt, (slight detour to Sandsfoot Castle and refreshments, but well worth it) and the site that was once Whiteheads Torpedo Factory. In addition, you will have spectacular views over Portland Harbour. My Rodwell Trail Walk is an interesting accompaniment to this walk.
Dogs to be kept on leads as it is a popular route for bikes and can get busy at times.
Castle Cove and Sandsfoot Beaches.
Due to a landslip the privately owned Castle Cove Beach is currently not reachable but a local campaign is underway to restore accessibility. I will keep you updated on this issue.
Nearby is Sandsfoot Beach which you access from the end of Old Castle Road.
This is a secluded beach which is favoured by locals. There’s on street parking in the road with no charges.
There are no facilities but nearby are Sandsfoot Castle and its gardens with a cafe and toilets. Dogs are to be kept on leads.
Markham and Little Francis, known locally as Curtis Fields, are approximately 46 acres of fields between the suburban areas of Westham, Lanehouse and Wyke Regis. With far reaching views of Weymouth Bay and the Fleet it is a popular dog walking spot with locals. But for how much longer is not known as house developers have begun building in the field closet to Fiveways.
There are no facilities within the fields but there are small local shops in the surrounding streets.