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- In the Jurassic Coast AONB five miles from Weymouth
- Equestrian centre and fishing lake
- Two pubs serving food within walking distance
Hiking or hacking? Family-run Rosewall is set among the spectacular scenery of the Jurassic Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty five miles east of Weymouth, on the seam of both inland and coastal walking routes and with Rosewall Equestrian riding school on the doorstep for hackers of all abilities.
Of course, you might want to cast off instead at Rosewall’s own fishing lake – the 1.5 acre Wally’s Lake set in a wooden valley with carp, roach, tench and bream to be landed by all levels of angler (you’ll need your licence; to pick up a day ticket at reception or at the stables, and all your own kit including a 36" landing net and a unhooking mat). The lake has a variety of swims too, on the deeper south side and on the island end with its shallow water suited to surface fishing.
Or break out the paintbox: Rosewall has fab views over Osmington Bay and the Dorset countryside, and is in the hamlet of Osmington Mills, set on canvas by Constable on several occasions who spent his honeymoon in the area; it’s a quick scramble from the campsite to the rockpools and beach of Osmington Bay.
Rosewall has a 13-acre camping field, two modern toilet and shower blocks with hairdryer and shaver points, and washing-up facilities. The park also has a laundry room, shop and disabled facilities.
The Smugglers Inn and the Sunray pubs both serve food and are within walking distance.
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
Very large (over 200 pitches)
- Coach stations
Weymouth: Town Centre Coach Stops — 3.8 miles
3.8 miles Dorchester: South Rail Station Coach Stop — 5.4 miles
5.4 miles Wareham: North Street Coach Stop — 12.2 miles
- Train stations
Weymouth Rail Station — 3.8 miles
3.8 miles Upwey Rail Station — 3.9 miles
3.9 miles Moreton (Dorset) Rail Station — 5.1 miles
- Ferry ports
Weymouth Ferry Terminal — 3.8 miles
3.8 miles Poole Ferry Terminal — 17.5 miles
17.5 miles Poole Quay Ferry Landing — 17.9 miles
Bournemouth International Airport — 25.8 miles
Rosewall is half a mile from the Osmington Mills turning, off the A353. Approaching from Wareham on the A352, take the first exit on the Warmwell roundabout signposted A353 Weymouth and Osmington. Approaching Osmington, take the first left opposite to the garage and proceed in the direction of Rosewall. You will find us on the right, past the riding stables.
X53 bus route to Weymouth stops at the Osmington Mills junction on the A353 opposite the garage.
Within a couple of minutes of Rosewall, hunt for fossils on the Osmington shoreline or get watery with the snorkelling, surfing and other sports available at Ringstead Bay; both options are available all around the Dorset coast along with the increasingly popular zorbing over water or land.
Weymouth has a sheltered beach and seventeenth century harbour to coast around as well as loads more watersports and old-fashioned seasideness in donkey rides and Punch and Judy. For slightly more sophisticated fare, there are opps in the town to get the tills ringing: regular markets, the smart shops of New Bond Street, St Thomas Street and St Mary Street, and the smaller more specialist outlets of St George Street and St Alban Street.
Fossil finders will dig the ancient spots of the 95-mile stretch of Jurassic Coast such as Lyme Regis, Charmouth and Chesil Beach; there are guided fossil walks from the Lyme Regis Museum which also has a geology gallery telling of the area’s early days, and you can catch a Jurassic Coast sea or land tour from almost every town along the route.
If you like your history slightly more modern, there are two cracking castles in the vicinity, Corfe and Portland, the latter on the isle of Portland five miles south of Weymouth and reached via the shingle of Chesil Bank. Trot east too to horseshoe-shaped Lulworth Cove and Lulworth Castle, a seventeenth century pad that’s now home to Camp Bestival, and to Dorchester for the Iron Age hill fort Maiden Castle.
The literati will know that Dorset is Thomas Hardy as well as fossil and watersports land: Dorchester, Dorset’s county town, is 15 minutes inland from Weymouth and has Hardy’s old cottage, Max Gate. More modernly, Dorchester has several museums including the Dinosaur Museum; top shops, restaurants and pubs; and theatre, events and music run by Dorchester Arts. Bournemouth, with even more of the same, is about an hour’s drive from Weymouth.
Let the kids chatter wildly at Monkey World between Osmington Mills and Wareham, or challenge them to keep quiet among the mute swans at Abbotsbury Swannery; there’s a Sea Life at Lodmoor Country Park, 15 minutes’ walk from Weymouth along the promenade and through Greenhill Gardens.
- Weymouth Sea Life Park and Marine Sanctuary (3.2 miles)
- Radipole Lake Nature Reserve (4.0 miles)
- Lulworth Heritage Centre (5.8 miles)
- Max Gate (5.1 miles)
- Hardy's Cottage (6.2 miles)
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