Sutton Poyntz is situated right up under the hills above Weymouth and its large mill-pond has been a beauty spot since visitors first came to Weymouth in the 18th century. However this once pretty hamlet, the 'Overcombe' of Thomas Hardy's novel The Trumpet Major, has been over tidied. It is, however, a village looked after by those who live here, and quaint corners are kept beautiful with floral displays

The solid little stone building above the pond built in 1856 is the Weymouth Waterworks, and does nothing to add to the charm. Today besides still supplying Weymouth with pure water, it is the home of the Wessex Water Museum.

Many visitors come this way to climb up to the Iron Age fort of Chalbury, half a mile west, but the walk east across fields takes you to the famous White Horse, carved into the chalk hill. The 250 foot high and 300 foot wide carving of King George III astride his horse is visible from Weymouth and Portland - a feature being the enormous tail, as wide as a street.

Legend has it that the man who executed the carving threw himself over the cliffs to death, when he realised that he had portrayed His Majesty leaving town. Simple truth is that it was cut in 1807 to the order of one John Ranier, under the supervision of a Mr. Wood, a local bookseller, and it is possible that he was purposely portrayed going east to visit his friend Sir Thomas Weld at Lulworth.

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