|Osmington & Osmington Mills|
Just off the A353 can be seen the huge White Horse carved on the hillside on Osmington Hill which represents King George III who used to spend a lot of his holidays in Weymouth. It stands 323 ft high and 280 ft in length and was made by cutting away the grass and earth to expose the chalky soil beneath and has been filled with loose limestone chippings over the years. It was created it seems by a Mr Wood who took his own life when he realised he had portrayed the King with his back to Weymouth. The King though had already made his last trip to the seaside town and never did see the monument.
Osmington is a small village with narrow streets that are lined with pretty thatched cottages and little paths that lead to the hills behind and some lovely walks.
It was here that John Constable that famous landscape painter spend his honeymoon and while here he finished his painting of Weymouth Bay and did a sketch of the interior of Preston Church.
Also here were the Warham family and William Warham became the Archbishop of Canterbury at the time when Henry VII was on the throne and he is said to have crowned Henry VIII.
The Smugglers Inn lies at the end of one of the lanes that lead down to the sea and Osmington Mills. On the opposite side of the main road was the landing place for smugglers that abounded here in teh 1700s and the Inn was built during the 13th century with its own legend, which was Pierre Latour a French Smuggler who was also known as French Peter and he had his headquarters here.