Around Chickerell

A fifteen or twenty minute walk from the chapel will take you down to the Fleet, the brackish lagoon behind the famous Chesil Beach. Here you might see various water birds, including geese and some of the swans from the swannery at Abbotsbury. In the spring and autumn, migrating birds such as wheatears can be frequently seen and in spring the fields around ring with the songs of larks. If you are lucky, a migrating osprey will pass overhead. 

Chickerell has an excellent playground for children, with swings, climbing apparatus and the most popular zip slide. This is situated by Willowbed Hall. 

The beach at Weymouth has the best sand for sandcastles and, with its gentle slope into the sea and shallow water for a hundred yards or so is particularly good for children. In the school holidays lifeguards and a patrol boat keep everyone safe. There are plenty of attractions for adults and children. Adults who want a swim in deeper watermight prefer to go near Greenhill where the water is deeper but the beach is pebbles. 

Weymouth has two RSPB large reserves with abundant wildlife, including common terns, marsh harriers and the elusive bearded tits but Chickerell, also, has its own nature reserve tucked away off Glennie Way at Chickerell Downs. This is well worth visiting, though wear stout, waterproof footwear after rain because parts of it can be muddy. From early spring to late autumn, butterflies are in abundance and if you are lucky you might even see a Jersey Tiger Moth, a rarity even in the south of England but which visits here each year. The damp area of bullrushes and pond have dragonflies and damselflies visiting from the nearby waterlily gardens. 

You can journey along what has been described as the prettiest coastal road in England. From Chickerell to Bridport the B3157 winds and dips, passing so close to the coast in places that the views towards East Dorset and Devon are spectacular on clear days. You will pass though ancient and chocolate-box villages like Abbotsbury and Burton Bradstock. If you do not have a car or do not wish to drive, the X53 bus stops at Chickerell on the B3157 opposite Meadow Close, stopping there again on the return trip and the views from the top of the bus could be considered even better than those from a car. 

The No 8 bus to and from Weymouth goes round the Chickerell in an anti-clockwise direction and runs usually every 15 minutes Monday to Saturday but less often on Sundays. Check the current timetables to be sure. If you go to the interactive map on our Contacts page, you can zoom in and see where the bus stops are - look for the little blue bus images.