When I awoke this morning, the sun was shining, though the sky was thickly decorated with clouds. We are going to Weymouth today, so good weather would be appreciated.
After breakfast we walked down into Alum Chine (80 steps) and reached the bus stop just in time for the 8:40 24 bus. This took us to the station in time for the 9:44 Weymouth train, the earliest we can take with our cheap day returns.
It is now clouding over somewhat and there is a chill in the air, not quite the smiling prospect with which the day began. The train ran through several bands of rain to reach Weymouth at about 11:30. The sky was overcast but with occasional flashes of sun.
We dropped into the William Henry, near the famous painted statue of George III, for coffee and then walked, via the New Bridge (new in 1921, that is), to Westham, an interesting coincidence of name with the village in Sussex where I was born.
There we waited in the pub called The Rock to be joined by J, a friend of Tigger’s, with whom we had lunch. J had to go back to work so we made our way back down through Weymouth to the Pleasure Pier.
There was quite a gusty wind blowing along the shore and we braved it to walk along the pier to the Seahorse Cafe at its end. By now the clouds were beginning to draw apart giving dramatic views with isolated sunlit areas.
We continued along the quay to where we could catch an open-top bus to Top Hill where there are good views which should be worth seeing now the sun has come out. By the time we got off the bus, the evening sunlight was perfect for taking photos of the famous view of Chesil Beach. At the nearby hotel cafe we enjoyed a cream tea before catching the bus back to town.
We sat for a while of Weymouth seafront, watching the boats and the gulls on the flickering water and then made our way to the station where the 19:06 Waterloo train was waiting to convey us to Bournemouth.
At Bournemouth station we took the 24 bus along the now familiar route to Westbourne, Alum chine and our hotel.