Donkey rides on Weymouth Beach

We are now nearing the end of the Summer Season, so it seemed appropriate to mention the Donkey Rides. The rides have been delighting children (and Parents) for many, many years. The donkeys come from Westhill Farm, under new stewardship since 2011. The tradition has continued since the 19th century. The rides take place near the "Boat" beach cafe, at the Southern end of Weymouth Beach and just 100 yards from Aaran Guesthouse. The course takes riders 100 yards along the sands and back again. We think parents enjoy  watching just as much as their kids enjoy the riding the donkeys.

It is easy to see why this tradition continues from strength to strength. It's a win-win business. The Donkeys are very happy and healthy, they get outings most days, water, food, gentle exercise and the company of youngsters. The kids love it! When the weather is too bad, the donkeys take a break till better weather comes along. If the donkeys are tired, they shelter in the shade and have some food and water, out of rotation. For us of more senior years (and too heavy to ride!) it is a great pleasure to see the Donkeys and holidaymakers enjoying the sunshine, the beach and the Donkeys - long may it continue.

I hope Westhill Farm will not object to reproducing their online details here -

weymouthdonkeys.co.uk/              https://en-gb.facebook.com/beachdonkeys/