Weymouth could call itself the capital of the Jurassic Coast, since it’s half way along and is the only large town. The beach is huge; a river-like harbour separates the halves of the town; more than three miles of breakwaters enclose the newer Portland Harbour, home of a National Sailing Academy.
Stripey deckchairs, candy-floss stalls and Punch & Judy booths line the beachfront. King George III started Weymouth’s career as a tourist resort by choosing it for fourteen summer holidays.
And now it has been chosen for the sailing events of the 2012 Olympics, so many preparations are going on. A bridge across the mouth of the Fleet lagoon connects Weymouth’s southern tip (Wyke Regis) to the Isle of Portland.