Most of us dream of escaping the pressures of the rat race and busy city stresses, for a more relaxed way of life. Although for many the lure of an altogether more exotic climate abroad is no issue, many others prefer an adventure with a full attaché of familiar comforts and head for the the Great British countryside or any one of our breathtaking coastlines.
Amongst the most popular permanent destinations in Britain is Cornwall, Devon & Dorset.
There is a lot to consider, but ultimately deciding whether or not your plan is sustainable requires research. I set my sights on the beautiful Coastal town of Weymouth in Dorset to see if a move there could indeed be sustainable.
Moving to Weymouth, Dorset
Weymouth is the perfect seaside town, with miles of golden sand and a distinct harbour area just yards from the town centre. It offers a thriving boutique culture with plenty of job opportunities. With a mix of new developments out of town and charming Georgian buildings around the bay, it is splendid to look at and great fun to live in. For those moving away from London, or looking for a family home, there are plenty of houses for sale in Weymouth. From Georgian country homes to modern properties, there are plenty of three and four bedroom detached houses on the market for between £350,000 and £400,000.
Work and business
With a £150 million tourist business, Weymouth has plenty of seasonal jobs for a growing family, but the area’s attractions are wide enough that the town never gets swamped. There’s a thriving maritime industry for those with a nautical or engineering background. Along the coast, Bournemouth is a leading part of the UK’s digital revolution which is rapidly spreading through Dorset, using teleworking and the internet to create thriving businesses for those who work from home. If you require fast internet access, much of Weymouth is fibre-broadband equipped, but if you do need to get to London, then South West trains are reliable and efficient, and will drop you at Waterloo in under three hours.
With a population of around 65,000, Weymouth is a growing, but well-managed, town with attractive developments. Hemmed in by the Jurassic Coast on one side, and greenbelt land on the other, the town won’t be over-extended. It also benefited from hosting the sailing events at the 2012 Olympics with lots of new access roads and facilities. Continued development of the Jurassic Coast will only see the town’s importance grow.
Leisure and pleasure
Set on the edge of beautiful rolling Dorset countryside, Weymouth locals can be out of the town and in the wilds in no time, with stunning ocean views from the Isle of Portland and world-class sailing to watch in the bay. Food lovers can sample the delights of rural Dorset with fresh oysters from the Crab Shack at Portland, or at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s stomping ground of Bridport just up the road. Weymouth itself has several modern shopping centres, lots of sporting facilities, well-respected private and ‘outstanding’ comprehensive schools, and Weymouth College, which offers practical, creative, tourism and engineering based courses, among others.
The town has plenty of regular activities with a major seafood festival, the WeyFest and Wessex Folk Festivals, plus many regattas and other events. From relaxing on the quayside with a coffee and a fresh crab sandwich to exploring the coastline of Broadchurch country, and greater Dorset area, families will never be bored living in a gorgeous part of the land with healthy sea air. If you want to truly enjoy the nautical life, the town has plenty of well-run harbours and a busy marine sales industry.
All in all, Weymouth is a truly fantastic place to make your home!