Living where we do, on the South Coast, I’m a little bit obsessed with other beaches and how they compare to ours. Our favourite beach is Christchurch near Bournemouth as it has everything we need. Parking, A HUGE RNLI Lifeguard Stand, ice cream, some chips [though we don’t recommend on a busy day] and toilets – and it’s clean. This Summer we holidayed in Warmwell, Weymouth and after sitting on the main Weymouth Beach a few times, we decided to try and go off the beaten path and find somewhere else to explore – Ringstead Bay. It’s not your typical beach.
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One – This is a pebble beach. Huge pebbles and rocks. There’s no sand to get into your toes, and your legs get an amazing workout as you’re trying to navigate the beach. It wasn’t just me having trouble either – the boys went sunny side up a few times too – but at least they weren’t the painful small stones we found on Worthing Beach and on the far side of Weymouth Beach too. They hurt.
Two – The water is crystal clear. I’m talking about water you’d drink by the gallon if it wasn’t sea water. It’s beautiful, tranquil and as someone who doesn’t like being snuck up on by marine life, you can see anything that’s heading your way instantly.
Three – The seaweed and other plant life is pretty spectacular. Jensen found a HUGE seaweed collection growing and named it Bob. Bob kept coming back to us with the slow tide, no matter how many times he waded out. We think he liked us secretly.
Four – The rocks are a great place for a gorgeous photo. The colours, the backdrop, it’s all just picture perfect. There are nooks and rock seats, and old weathered wooden staircases – it’s photographer’s heaven. Totally different to any other beach photos we got this holiday.
Five – There are MILLIONS of little crablings! Baby Crabs. Teeny tiny ones under the pebbles. Even if you’re terrified of crabs, these are the cutest. There are bigger ones but you have to hunt really hard for them. This one below was the biggest we found. Jensen shook claws with him.
Six – We found HUGE shells – the kind you buy in gift shops – Lyoto used his for a crab boat so they could enjoy a little sail. We didn’t want to tell him that the seagulls were probably rejoicing as he sailed his little crustacean friends out to sea on what was in effect a crab dinner platter.
We also found shells with little eyes peeping out. Slightly creepy but fascinating.
Seven – There are boats – and I LOVE looking at boats. Little sailboats and larger ones all bobbing about.
Eight – The waves were very gentle – the water pooled more than smashed onto the shore, and the boys were able to paddle about merrily without getting hit by the tidal waves we’re used to being chased by.
Nine – At the top of the cliff path, there’s a really lovely shop where you can get a cup of tea and food. It’s a real beach shop that sells pretty much everything you need, and…
Ten – There’s also a fenced, gated playground there too, right next to the cafe. So whilst you’re recovering from the beach walk, you can drink your tea whilst your super fit children run about on the playground having great fun and not nagging you – and you can see them playing safely fenced away from the car park, with the gate facing the shop and not the cars.
There’s a small fee for parking but it’s worth it. It even rained whilst we were there and we still had a brilliant time. Give it a try if you’re looking for beach that’s a little bit different. Pack your sandwiches and grab your crabbing bucket, and head on over toe Ringstead Bay. You won’t regret it.