Last year when we went to Swanage I dragged the OH and N to Portland and Chesil Beach for my geographical love, and this year’s camping trip to Weymouth with friends and all the kids, took us back there for a day trip. Albeit in more pleasant, less windy and warmer weather.
The hope was that we’d get to go up Portland Bill lighthouse this time, but it turned out that children need to be over 110cm because of a ladder part at the top. N’s pretty good with ladders, but he was 3cm too short, and his friend H was even shorter, so we left the older 2 children to go up with their mum, while the rest of us explored and went for a bit of a walk around.
Well, really it was more like the N and H went exploring in the rocks a bit inland, while us 2 mums entertained baby T and had a good natter while keeping an eye on the boys.
Portland headland was quite busy with photographers and walkers, but the boys were quite happy staying away from the edge and trying to find exciting routes to walk amongst the giant rocks and daisies.
They certainly kept us on our toes while they discovered hidden routes down in the dips,
While the next moment they were on top and far in the distance.
After a bit of a wander we promised the boys could have an ice cream while we waited for the others to return from their climb up 155 steps to the top of the lighthouse. It sounds like it’s an interesting tour, and they came back with lots of interesting facts about lighthouses and Portland Bill in particular.
After the ice cream break, it was time to head back down towards Weymouth to find somewhere to get lunch, stopping at the Olympic rings to snap a photo.
One of our new camping arrivals met us at Taste Café at Chesil Beach for a bite to eat. After a few days of food cooked by us on the campsite, it felt like luxury being served and sitting down nicely to eat.
The café food was really good. Everyone had a good meal – mix of paninis, sandwiches, kids meals and salads. The prices weren’t bad for a tourist place either, so it was definitely a good choice.
With Chesil Beach having the nature research alongside it, there are cameras underwater in some of the nature reserve areas, so inside the café you can see the filming and what animals are going past. There’s also a small area of interactive museum displays explaining the beach, the jurassic coastline and more. A nice little café for children who like to entertain themselves and play with the displays.
The others all headed back to the campsite but N wanted to walk the beach. Last year, his legs couldn’t cope at all, and he didn’t like the wind and spray of the sea on him when we reached the top. But this year, a bit of a growth spurt and stronger legs thanks to all the bike riding, and he was marching off ahead of me.
This time the sea was out so we could have gone down the sea side of the beach, but we stuck to the top. The only problem with trying to get your perfect picture of the coastal spit, was that there’s always someone else in the photos. One quick walk along for a way, and N was marching back down away, telling me to ‘hurry up mummy’.
Chesil Beach is spectacular, and with the nature reserve behind, it’s a great place for a day trip to teach children about coastal geography, and what happens with the sea and shingle.
Have you spent time enjoying places you studied as a child?