One of the most dramatic coastlines of England can be found on Portland.
There is an extensive network of footpaths on the island making it easy to explore this unique geological and biological site of special interest. These give superb access to places of amazing contrast.
Visitors can see relics from Roman and Saxon occupation to as far back as the Stone Age. From Portland's castles to rugged stone cottages, the Verne Citadel, gun batteries and the lovely lighthouses at the Bill, the island offers some very special and spectacular sights
This limestone island is only 4 miles long and 1½ miles wide and offers wonderful coastal circular walks. The National Coastal pathway, sadly postponed for most of the UK, has been given the green light for South Dorset, and we are starting to see the enhancements.
The coastline in this region, part of the Dorset Heritage Coast, changes dramatically, from the fossil encrusted cliffs of Lyme Regis and Charmouth to the 570 ft Golden Cap and finally the spectacular Chesil Beach, the 18 mile pebble bank which joins the isle of Portland to the mainland.
Some of the most outstanding routes on Portland include:
•Verne to Lighthouse (East Coast) route
•West Cliff (Tout Quarry) to Portland Bill Lighthouse route
•Chesil Beach Route
•Portland Circular Routes