Out & About
Former quarries on Portland are now butterfly sanctuaries and burnet moths and even wall lizards may be seen in Broadcroft, Tout and Perryfield Quarries. Lulworth Skippers and Chesil Beach's scaly cricket are locally unique.
In springtime there are beautiful bluebell displays at Winterbourne Came and Oakers Wood and the May to June blooming of sea thrift and sea campion at Ferrybridge changes the character of Chesil Beach.
Badbury Rings and Durlston are important sites for wild orchids throughout June and July. Portland's clifftops and quarries support a huge variety of coastal plants such as golden samphire, viper's bugloss, parasitic broomrape and alexanders and between July and September rock-sea lavender is especially beautiful on Portland.
Because Weymouth is the final destination on the rail line from London Waterloo low cost train tickets are sometimes available. National Express Buses stop on the Esplanade near the Pavilion Theatre which is approximately 25 minutes' walk from Morven House.
Senior citizens from England may use free their bus passes throughout Weymouth after 9.30am until 11pm with the exception of the seasonal 501 Open Top Bus to Portland. Morven House is approximately 150 yards from the nearest First Southern National bus stop on Dorchester Road for buses heading towards Dorchester. Ask the driver for the "Weymouth College" Stop. It is 200 yards from the nearest stop on the Esplanade for buses heading into Weymouth town centre and 50 yards from the nearest stop on Greenhill for buses heading to Swanage or Poole.
The popular Jurassic Coast Bus Service links Weymouth to Exeter, Lyme Regis & Poole in the summer calling at smaller towns like Bridport, Lyme Regis and Beer along the way. The Swanage Steam Railway is a great way to see the Purbecks running from the Park & Ride at Norden near Corfe Castle to Swanage. On Saturday's a train runs from Weymouth to Corfe Castle to connect with the steam railway.
There are many things to see and do around this beautiful Jurassic area and many events taking place too. See the Visit Dorset website for more information on current events.