Introducing Weymouth Trails – Your Gateway to Discovering this Beautiful Town
The brand-new Weymouth Trails website showcases several walks for people who live and visit Weymouth. This is a collaboration between Weymouth Town Council, Dorset Wildlife Trust, and the RSPB, with many of the walks easily accessed from the park and ride site.
The Council’s mission is to inspire residents and visitors to explore the town by fully immersing themselves in the natural beauty of Weymouth whilst improving their health and wellbeing either by walking or cycling. And whichever trail you explore, keep your eyes peeled for rare birds, sculptures, and iconic landmarks like the town’s Jubilee Clock!
Weymouth Trails currently outlines nine walks: Nothe Gardens Seaside Saunter, Willow Walk, Round Ramble, RSPB Lodmoor, RSPB Radipole, Dorset Wildlife Trust Lorton Meadows Ramble, Heritage Walk, Rodwell Trail and Sandsfoot Gardens, and Lodmoor Country Park.
They are catered to all abilities taking in the amazing viewpoints around Weymouth and offering a sanctuary to escape the rigors of daily life and rediscover the wonders of the town. And you can use the website to navigate your way through the trails using the photographic and text directions, and scan QR codes dotted about the RSPB routes for hidden extras to enhance the experience.
Initially the idea for the walking trails came from Weymouth Town Council’s Climate and Ecological Emergency working group, which Cllr David Northam is part of. Cllr Northam, a keen walker who has enjoyed the walks year-round, said: “Weymouth has so much to offer, not just in the summer around the beach and harbourside, but all over the town, all year round. These first nine trails have been put together by people and groups who know Weymouth.
“They will take you to places you perhaps didn’t know, or to your favourite places but by new routes. So, enjoy the natural beauty, wildlife, historic sites, and buildings of Weymouth along the way. Walking has many health benefits, and I also find it much easier to talk with others while out walking.”
The Council partnered with Dorset Wildlife Trust and the RSPB to help bring the trails to life. David Morphew from the RSPB said: “This is a fantastic resource for Weymouth. We know a lot of people come to Weymouth especially to see the very special wildlife that makes a home in the town’s nature reserves.
“One of the joys of volunteering for the RSPB is being able to show visitors the best places to see the star species, such as marsh harriers and bearded tits. These trails will take them through the heart of the nature reserves and point out what to look for along the route.”
Nature Reserves Technical Manager, Rob Brunt, from Dorset Wildlife Trust, added: “We are delighted that Lorton Meadows is featured on the new Weymouth Trails website – it’s a great way for people to get out into open green spaces and explore the wilder side of Weymouth.
“The Lorton Meadows nature reserve offers a haven of peaceful green meadows, hedgerows and woodland with an abundance of wildlife right in the middle of town.”
There will be more trails coming soon including cycle routes so be sure to keep up to date with the website.
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Pictured l-r above: Rob Brunt, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Jay Kavanagh who created the website, Cllr David Northam, Weymouth Town Council Project Officer Michele Williams, and David Morphew from RSPB Weymouth
Poster with QR code at the park and ride site showing the nine available trails
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