Both Weymouth and Lyme Regis are honeypots for visitors in the summer months.

But in the off season they take on a different mood. Quiet and atmospheric. All grey skies and chilly breezes.

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The Old Harbour at Weymouth has a particularly timeless quality and stillness early on a January morning, with just a few people and virtually no cars about. It’s so much easier to imagine what is was like ‘in the old days’ without hundreds of tourists cluttering up the place.

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The rows of pretty, painted cottages around the harbour could be a film set, they are so perfect and neat.

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But the working boats are standing by, full of kit.

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Over on the main beach, with the tide out there’s lots of space for a few hardy souls and their happy dogs – allowed onto the sand at this time of year.

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Meanwhile, it’s a very similar story along the coast at Lyme.
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Just a few boats bobbing in the shelter of the harbour. It looks isolated, bleak and forbidding, with spray washing over the cobb.

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The blinds are down at the Beach House Cafe, no quality coffee here today…

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although they’re more hopeful of some business at the Amusement Arcade.

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All the beach huts are locked up save for one. A lovely lady rents one at this time of year (just å£4 a day in winter from the local council).

She brings all her stuff and decks it all out.

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So inside is cosy and pretty, a seat with a view, tucked out of the wind – and a fresh cup of tea whenever she fancies.