Osmington Mills

Osmington Mills is a small hamlet on the Dorset coast. There are a few houses and a popular pub, The Smuggler’s Inn which originates all the way back in the 13th Century. The beach is rough and rocky with lots of large pebbles, and is not as popular or as large as other beaches along the Dorset Coast. However there is a small waterfall that cascades onto the beach, which provides an interesting subject for photographers.

Location and Parking

Post Code: DT3 6HE

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Take the A353 east from Weymouth and after just under 4 miles, opposite Osmington Garage, turn right down Mills Road. Follow the road to its end at the Smuggler’s Inn. There is a car park for the Inn, but it is also possible for a few cars to park on the roadside. The path to the beach is signposted from the end of the road, but during our visit in June 2024, the main path was closed due to rock-fall, and an alternative was signposted through the grounds of the Inn. Although only a short walk, this alternative path was quite steep and overgrown in places.

Osmington Mills Beach

The main attraction is the small waterfall that cascades onto the beach. A low viewpoint allows some of the colourful pebbles to be included in the shot.

Waterfall At Osmington Mills Beach

Apart from the waterfall, the beach is mostly composed of large pebbles and rocks. As the tide recedes, some ribs of rocks appear with numerous rock pools, and these can be used as a foreground for views across the bay towards Portland.

Portland From Osmington Mills Beach

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