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Author Topic: Weymouth - one of the top 10 places to visit this autumn  (Read 293 times)
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« on: October 07, 2019, 11:30:23 am »

From the Dorset Echochocho:

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WEYMOUTH is one of the best places to visit in the UK this autumn, according to a new study.

The town has been ranked as the ninth best place to visit this season by the website HometoGo.

The Isle of White came out top of the rankings with The New Forest in a close second, proving Dorset has a lot to offer.

Meanwhile, Weymouth beat the likes of Newquay and Falmouth in Cornwall.

The study aimed to find the best locations in the UK for an autumn getaway.

It took into account the average price per night for accommodation, October weather reports and the number of restaurants and family-friendly attractions, which it found through TripAdvisor.

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« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2019, 11:38:20 am »

From the Dorset Echochocho:

The Isle of White

Seriously??!!!
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« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2019, 11:46:25 am »


I cut and pasted from the article - have just checked back and it's like that in the original - nothing to do with our forum's spell checker.
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« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2019, 11:56:29 am »

It's not a bad place to wander around or use as a base for a bit of wider exploration so I can see why it's suggested for an Autumn break. For the distance covered, it's a long train journey from where I am in Bristol but it's a fairly scenic route. Hmmm, I feel a day trip coming on.
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« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2019, 12:27:38 pm »

It's not a bad place to wander around or use as a base for a bit of wider exploration so I can see why it's suggested for an Autumn break. For the distance covered, it's a long train journey from where I am in Bristol but it's a fairly scenic route. Hmmm, I feel a day trip coming on.

Just to be clear, I'm pretty sure that it was the spelling that had ChrisB aghast.

For myself, I'm a huge fan of the Isle of White - though I haven't been for a while. It's certainly got more to offer than, say, Bridgewater or Middlesborough.
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« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2019, 12:51:58 pm »

Once heard it described as the Izzel of Wiggut, which I thought was a badly named spell out of Catweazle. Oh dear, that dates me.....
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« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2019, 04:45:17 pm »

It's not a bad place to wander around or use as a base for a bit of wider exploration so I can see why it's suggested for an Autumn break. For the distance covered, it's a long train journey from where I am in Bristol but it's a fairly scenic route. Hmmm, I feel a day trip coming on.

Just to be clear, I'm pretty sure that it was the spelling that had ChrisB aghast.

For myself, I'm a huge fan of the Isle of White - though I haven't been for a while. It's certainly got more to offer than, say, Bridgewater or Middlesborough.

Agreed, I'm also a fan of the IOW, unfortunately limited in train facilities (although the steam/electric railways are good), but there is the bus museum, Carisbrooke and Osborne enough to take a few days usefully. easy to spend a day over there in the summer without the car, buses cover most of the island, although frequency not ideal.
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« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2019, 05:05:54 pm »

For me, an attraction in Weymouth was the tramway to the dockside.
Not a modern tramway for local passengers, but a proper main line train that ran through the streets. Splendid.
AFAIK it has not been formerly closed, but it is decades since the last train. I will be very surprised if it is ever regularly used again.
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« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2019, 05:30:12 pm »

You might have already got the impression that I enjoy the Isle of Wight for the old railway tracks. Cowes,Newport to Sandown is a nice bike ride. The Southampton Cat to East Cowes (ECW) is folded bikes only, in a bag (the logic of which escapes me), but getting a through ticket does make it good value. If you go to West Cowes (WTW) you have to cross the River Medina so you are at the mercy of the unreliable chain ferry. An IoW resident told me over the weekend that part of the problem is that they bought too larger ferry and sometimes it can't travel because of tidal conditions.

For the New Forest, Brockenhurst to Poole via Ringwood and Wimborne on Castlemans Trail/Corkscrew. Once again virtually all old railway tracks.

For me both are easily accessible by Cross Country from Reading.

Didn't find Weymouth bike-friendly from my point of view, and without much walking tends to make for a note entirely enjoyable day.
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« Reply #9 on: October 07, 2019, 07:46:58 pm »

Weymouth tramway, back in the good olde days.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZSepvN4z4A
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It has space for cycles, surfboards,luggage etc.
A 5 car DMU is not a proper inter-city train. The 5+5 and 9 car DMUs are almost as bad.
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