Upton and Ringstead Local Information

A Guide to Leisure and Services around Upton Village and Ringstead

Upton Village is 6 miles from Weymouth and approximately 8 miles from Dorchester Town Centres. You will find the entire range of retail, entertainment and leisure facilities in both towns. Meanwhile this guide sets out to provide information on local services.

Shopping:

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The nearest store is Co-operative Food, Preston Road. Open 7am-10pm. The store is just 10 minutes drive along the main road from Upton Grange into Weymouth. Supermarkets are located close to Weymouth centre. Find supermarket locations. A Pharmacy is located on Preston Road, just to the right of the first roundabout. It is open 9am-1pm, 2pm-6pm. Pharmacies are also located in Morrisons and Asda stores.

Beaches:

Ringstead Beach

Is a few moments drive down a toll road (toll included in parking charge) into Ringstead Bay. Ringstead is an uncrowded, unspoiled, pebble-shingle beach with sand areas by the Kiosk Café. Popular for swimming, watersports and sea fishing.

Weymouth Esplanade

The long, shallow curving beach of golden sand is bordered by a fine Georgian Esplanade. Organised beach activities, donkey rides and entertainment all add up to a bustling family beach resort.

Overcombe & Preston

The long stretch of pebble beach between Preston and Weymouth is popular for watersports and sailing.

Leisure Activities:

Golf

Golfers will appreciate a choice of two golf clubs within a short drive. Weymouth Golf Club, a 9 hole course for the enthusiast, and Came Down Golf Club.

Fishing

Sea anglers are spoiled for choice and won’t have to go any further than Ringstead Bay for good catches of wrasse, bass, rays and plaice. Weymouth’s charter vessels offer anglers deep sea fishing. For angling tackle and local advice try Weymouth Angling Centre. Find Coarse angling at Rosewall Fishing Lakes Osmington’s two 1.5 acre lakes boasting large catches.

Walking

Select our guide to walks to find walking routes around the Purbecks and Jurassic Coast paths.

Water Sports:

Ringstead Bay, Overcombe Beach and Portland Harbour are top venues for watersports, windsurfing, kyack tours, sailing and boating. Find more information from Jurassic Coast Activities.

Sailing

The huge, shallow Portland Harbour is sheltered by the island, making it a perfect venue for sail training and yachting. Many prestigious international sailing competitions take place in this 2012 Olympic venue and the surrounding bay. Read more about Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy.

Cycling

Ourcycle trail guide details National Cycle Trails and routes across Dorset’s Jurassic Coast.

Horse Riding

Upton and Osmington are delightful to explore on horseback. A Pony Club Centre, British Horse Society Member, Rosewall Equestrian are just a few moments drive.

Restaurants & Pubs

Dorset has a well deserved reputation for its choice of the finest seafood, freshly landed from local harbours. Verdant pastures and rolling countryside also produce fine meats, dairy products, fruit and vegetables. The choice of restaurants around Upton Grange is quite special. Our guide to eating-out is sure to whet your appetite with a selection of local recommendations.

Public Transport

  • Weymouth Railway Station is approximately 8.5miles from Upton Grange, there is a tax rank at the station. Currently there are no bus services to Upton.
  • Taxi Services:
    WeyLine Taxis, Weymouth Tel 01305 777777.
    Steve’s Cabs, Weymouth Tel 07791 534415.
    Street Cars, Weymouth Tel 01305 707070

Health Services

  • Accident & Emergency
    Weymouth Community Hospital, Melcombe Avenue, Weymouth DT4 7TB – Tel 01305 760022.
    Dorset County Hospital, Williams Avenue, Dorchester DT1 2JY – Tel 01305 251150.
  • Doctors Walk-in Centre Weymouth Community Hospital, Melcombe Avenue,
    Weymouth DT4 7TB – Tel 01305 980000.

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