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A beautiful explorer’s island attached to Weymouth by a narrow causeway, on the world heritage coast. It is a huge block of limestone 4.5 miles by 1.75 miles, rugged, wild and beautiful.
Portland is a part of Dorset that is unlike the rest of the county. It is completely beautiful but in a completely different way. In contrast to the rest of Dorset, which is all beautiful rolling green hills and peaceful pretty villages, Portland is wild, harsh and magnificent.
The Isle of Portland is a majestic lump of rock, rising 120m above the sea, and is faintly connected to the rest of Dorset by the wonderful sweep of Chesil Beach. Portland Bill at the southernmost tip, is the most well-known area on Portland, since this is where perches the red and white Portland Bill Lighthouse that you will see on many Dorset postcards. Paying a visit to the lighthouse is a lovely thing to do, since you can climb the lighthouse tower and see for miles across the beautiful Dorset coastline. You can learn the 500 year history of the lighthouse and can experience a stormy sea journey in the new interactive exhilarating zone ‘Into the dark’. The most exciting part of being on Portland is looking down at the Portland Race, the part of the sea that is so hazardous that this is the reason why the lighthouse exists. This is why Portland is so dramatic, just standing on the rocks watching the gigantic waves come crashing on the rocks is a sight to behold.
Though Portland also offers much more. The main village of Easton, which sits on a plateau, is packed with lovely stone cottages, traditional shops and cafes that serve the most delicious cake and the best coffee you will find.
Then there is Fortuneswell, full of pretty streets that lie on steep hills. Thomas Hardy wrote of Fortuneswell ‘houses above houses, one man’s doorstep rising behind his neighbour’s chimney’ which is so true. Meandering through the streets is just lovely and good exercise!
Rambling around Portland is a popular choice amongst visitors. You can take one of the many networks of footpaths that go around the island or just find a rock to sit on around the Bill and just watch the violent waves. The geological location of Portland mean that it is a haven for beautiful birds and wildlife.
Whether you like to go walking, rock climbing, fishing, or just simply relaxing with tea and cake, Portland is a fabulous choice for the setting of your Dorset holiday.
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