June was extraordinarily hot and dry and July seems set to be the same, so what better place to be than here on the Jurassic Coast, where temperatures are a little cooler than inland and you are close to the sea and many wonderful beaches.
Weymouth beach, to the east of Abbotsbury, has golden sands and relatively warm, shallow waters with many amenities close at hand. Hive Beach at Burton Bradstock, west of Abbotsbury, is a small beach much loved by local families and has National Trust parking with a café and toilets. A little further on at West Bay, made famous by the TV series ‘Broadchurch’, a shingle beach lies beneath dramatic towering cliffs. There is also a picturesque harbour at West Bay where fishermen bring in their daily catch.
If you prefer to be on the water rather than going for a swim, boat trips to view the coastline (or to go fishing!) are available from Weymouth harbour, or from the Chesil Beach Centre, located on the causeway going towards Portland, you can arrange a trip on the ‘Fleet Explorer’, a glass bottom boat that takes you down the Fleet to learn about the wildlife both above and below the water.
For those of you who prefer to relax and explore Abbotsbury without having to drive anywhere, we can offer plenty of things to do; visit the world famous Swannery and the Sub-Tropical Gardens. Walk the coastal path, the Hardy Way and the Ridgeway. Browse in our independent galleries and shops and enjoy a cream tea in one of our pretty tearooms.
Whatever you decided to do, Abbotsbury is the perfect place from which to explore our World Heritage Coast.