A beautiful village, rich with stunning country and coastal walks and famous for its spectacular carving of King George III.
The peaceful picture postcard village of Osmington is a delightful setting for the perfect English seaside getaway. Set amongst the pretty Dorset countryside yet close to the golden sands of Weymouth and the Jurassic coast, it offers the best of Dorset’s fine and varied landscape. Take the kids and the dog to the rock pools at Osmington Mills, the perfect place for fossil hunting and crabbing, or enjoy a picnic at Osmington Bay. After a fun day by the sea, you can sit in the cosy Smugglers Inn pub, home to one of the most notorious gang of smugglers in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Osmington is conveniently located just 4 miles north east from the wonderful seaside town of Weymouth, with its Georgian seafront, golden beach and pretty, bustling harbour; a favourite holiday destination of King George III in the late 1700’s. It is thanks to this famous visitor that the famous Osmington White Horse was sculpted into the limestone of Osmington Hill in 1808, celebrating King George III’s visits to this super seaside town. However, the impressive chalk carving of George III on horseback in the hillside is said to have disappointed the King, only because the horse was heading in the direction away from Weymouth, rather than towards it!
For a beautifully bracing walk, why not follow the Osmington White Horse trail; a 4 mile walk through the sheltered green valley, behind the stunning coastline and chalky ridge of Osmington Hill. It begins in pretty Osmington at the church, amongst the thatched cottages in the village and takes you through woodland, over stiles, past the village pond and past the extremely dog friendly Springhead pub. Rest your feet on a comfy sofa, with a paper and a pint of local ale, beside the wood burning stove before setting off again back to the village. For a traditional English pastime, have tea and cake in one of Dorset’s lovely tearooms.
Osmington’s handy position mean that some of Dorsets most wonderful days out are easily reachable! The Tank Museum at Bovington and Monkey World at Wareham are less than a 20 minute drive away, as is the Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove. The buzzing town of Dorchester is just 8 miles away with its weekly market, striking architecture, fine dining establishments and the world famous Dinosaur Museum.
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