GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Weymouth Circular Walk

4 miles (6.6 km)

A circular walk around the seaside town of Weymouth, visiting the promenade, the ruins of Sandsfoot Castle and the pretty Radipole Lake Nature Reserve.
The walk starts on the front, near to the train station. From here you can pick up the South West Coast Path and follow it past the piers to Nothe Point and Nothe Fort. The historic fort is well worth a visit with an interesting museum and the adjacent Nothe Gardens to explore.
The path continues south to the noteworthy Sandsfoot Castle. The artillery fort was constructed byHenry VIIIin 1542. Sandsfoot saw service during theEnglish Civil War, when it was held byParliamentandRoyalistsin turn during the conflict. It survived theinterregnumbut, followingCharles II's restoration to the throne, the fortress was withdrawn from military use in 1665. You can view the ruins of the castle today which is located next to the picturesque Sandsfoot Cove.
At the castle cove you can pick up the Rodwell Trail, a shared cycling and walking path running along a disused railway. It will take you inland to the Radipole Lake RSPB reserve where there are some nice waterside footpaths to try. The Wild Weymouth Discovery Centre is also located at Radipole Lake and features nature and bird exhibits and programs, trails and viewing blinds.
To continue your walking in the area you could head to the famous Chesil Beach or continue along the coast path on the Weymouth to Durdle Door Walk and the Weymouth to Swanage Coastal Walk.

Weymouth Circular Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Weymouth Circular Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

Just a few miles to the west there's the worthy village of Langton Herring to explore. The settlement includes a 17th century village pub and nice trails leading to the Moonfleet Manor Hotel. The coastal hotel is in a fine position with wonderful views to enjoy with your delicious afternoon tea. Near here there's also Littlebredy which is something of a hidden gem. The delightful village includes the Little Bredy Walled Garden, a waterfall, a lake, an old church and footpaths along the River Bride which runs through the village.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Dorset Walks page.


Perches at Radipole Lake - - 406555

Perches at Radipole Lake. Look out for birds such as Cattle Egrets, Gadwall, Tufted Duck, Mediterranean Gull, Marsh Harrier, Great Crested Grebe, Dunnock, Cormorant

Radipole Lake Nature Reserve and superstores - - 147844

Radipole Lake Nature Reserve and superstores

All the comforts of home... - - 539418

All the comforts of home...

Early morning on Weymouth beach - - 539402

Early morning on Weymouth beach

Nothe Fort (geograph 3565699)

Nothe Fort. The coastal defence was built between 1860 and 1872 by 26 Company of the Royal Engineers to protect Portland and Weymouth Harbours, with Portland then becoming an importantRoyal Navybase.

The Nothe Gardens, Weymouth - - 802336

The Nothe Gardens. The informal gardens are often acclaimed to be the most beautiful the borough has to offer. On the coast below the gardens areStone Pierat the entrance to Weymouth Harbour andNewton's Coveon the other side. It's great for wildlife with bats, roe deer, foxes, badgers, hedgehogs, shrews, mice and a variety of birds to see.

Sandsfoot Gardens -Weymouth - - 1939861

Sandsfoot Gardens.

Weymouth Promenade in 2018

Weymouth Promenade


GPS Files

GPX File

Weymouth Circular Walk.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Weymouth Circular Walk.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)