Walk - Portland Plateau
5.4 miles (8.8 km)
New Ground - DT5 1LF New Ground
Moderate - Mostly on the coastal path and disused quarry tracks, as well as pavements. There are some short stretches of ascent and descent. A rugged Tramper mobility scooter is available for hire through the Countryside Mobility Scheme from the Heights Hotel. This can be used to explore Tout Quarry Nature Reserve and Sculpture Park, the King Quarry Nature Reserve and High Angle Battery. More details about this can be found on the Countryside mobility website.
A high-level walk on Portland's northern plateau, where extensive quarrying has sculpted the landscape into barrows, terraces and gullies which have been reclaimed by nature after the quarries were abandoned and are now grassed over and home to many plants, birds and butterflies. The island's strategic importance led to many fortresses being built over the ages to defend it, and its isolation made it an ideal location for prisons, built by the convicts themselves. The military structures en route include the fascinating High Angle Battery with its platforms, ramps, tracks and underground tunnels.