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The Walking Tour – Portland

The Walking Tour - Portland

Included Attractions

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The Olympic Rings is a stone sculpture, created to celebrate the London 2012 Summer Olympics of which the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy was host of the sailing events.

Olympic Rings

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What a view! 18 miles of Chesil beach stretch west through the Jurassic Coastline. No where on the Jurassic Coast do you get such an uninterrupted view of coastline.

Chesil Vista


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Portland Bill Lighthouse has been standing majestically for the past one hundred and eleven years. We also visit the newly refurbished visitor center.

Portland Bill

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At the southern tip of the Isle of Portland, The artificial stack of rock was left in the 1870s after a natural arch was cut away by quarry-men at Bill Quarry.

Pulpit Rock


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15th century Rufus Castle, also known as Bow and Arrow Castle, is a ruined blockhouse overlooking Church Ope Cove on Portland.

Rufus Castle

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Built by the grandson of the founder of the US state of Pennsylvania, The Penns history stretches all the way back to 1797.

Pennsylvania Castle


ITINERARY

TOUR TIME: 4-5 HRS
DIFFICULTY: MODERATE

What better way to stretch those sea legs
and discover more of Portland!

Located on the World Heritage Coast, Portland is at the southernmost tip of the Jurassic Coast. With its 3 castles and 3 lighthouses, and Pulpit Rock, this little island packs a punch!

This is a walk of dramatic, rugged cliffs, nationally rare plants, hidden coves and stunning views. The Isle of Portland is a large mass of limestone which is linked to the mainland by the shingle ridge of Chesil Beach. Centuries of quarrying and military presence have altered the natural landscape, leaving visible records of the history of this important part of Dorset. The Isle’s white limestone has been used for construction since Roman times. Nature has reclaimed some of the disused quarries, which become a stunning mass of grasses and wildflowers in the spring and summer months.

Highlights

The breathtaking views from the top of West Cliff back along Chesil Beach and the Fleet Lagoon, which is the largest tidal lagoon in Britain and a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the extraordinarily rich variety of wildlife found here.

The ‘Spirit of Portland’ sculpture which depicts a fisherman and quarryman to represent the two main industries of the Isle.

Pulpit Rock and Portland Bill: especially dramatic on a rough day, the southernmost tip of the island fills you with an exhilarating feeling of space as you take in the spectacular views which extend to Start Point in Devon and ahead to Durlston Head in the east. On a clear day you can actually see more of the coast from here than from any other part of the entire South West Coast Path.

The distinctive red and white striped Portland Bill Lighthouse. The centre is open to visitors from Sunday to Friday between 11.00 and 17.00 from April to September, and it is also possible to climb the 153 steps to the top of the tower for some exceptional views. For further details see Trinity House.

The Bird Observatory housed in the old lighthouse. For further details see Portland Bird Observatory.

The flowers and butterflies which fill the old quarries in the spring and summer months.

Church Ope Cove: this is the only beach on the eastern side of the island and is a peaceful, sheltered spot with soft sands, making it a good place for a picnic. The remains of the striking Rufus Castle, which is thought to have been built originally for the red-headed William II, who was nicknamed Rufus. Much of what remains dates from the 15th century.

Keeping a look out for the island’s many nesting sea birds, including peregrines, guillemots, fulmars and kittiwakes.

The extraordinary pirate graveyard at the old church of St Andrews.

The tiny Portland Museum: housed in two thatched cottages above Church Ope Cove, the museum contains artefacts from Portland’s maritime history as well as fascinating tales of smugglers and shipwrecks.

Watching the rock climbers: Portland is said to be one of the most popular climbing venues in the whole of the South West of England.

The impressive architecture of The Verne Citadel: now used as a prison, the citadel was designed by Captain W Crossman of the Royal Engineers and enclosed an area of 56 acres on the highest point of Portland. Work began in the mid 1800s and the Great Verne Ditch took 30 years to complete.

The views to Portland Harbour and the cliffs of Purbeck: the harbour is very sheltered and therefore an ideal home for the National Sailing Centre and was a natural choice for the venue for the sailing in the Olympics of 2012.



Group Size
1-2 £35 Per Person
3-8 £34 Per Person
9-16 £30 Per Person





PRIVATE TOUR OF THE JURASSIC COAST?

Book an entire 6 or 8 passenger vehicle with driver-guide! Great to share with your friends and family!

FULL DAY TOURS

ENTIRE 6 PASSENGER VEHICLE WITH DRIVER - GUIDE £69 EACH

ENTIRE 8 PASSENGER VEHICLE WITH DRIVER - GUIDE £65 EACH

This is one of our most popular tours, booking early is highly advisable.