Walk - Portland Bill
3.5 miles (5.6 km)
Portland Bill Portland Bill Lighthouse
Easy - Paths, stony in places, a grassy lane, quiet roads. The very few stretches of ascent and descent are short and gentle.
A short walk on almost level ground, starting from the car park at Portland Bill and exploring the fascinating landscape around the southern tip of the island. Over the centuries the Portland Race wrecked many ships heading for Weymouth, and the towers of no fewer than three lighthouses still stand here, among the remnants of the old quays and quarries where barges waited to carry away the famous Portland building stone. From the flower-filled grasslands on the western shore there are tremendous views over the famous plunging limestone cliffs to the 18-mile shingle bar of Chesil Beach and the causeway linking Portland to the mainland. A birdwatcher's paradise in spring, when birds arriving from the south get their first sight of land, and again in autumn, when they pause before the long journey back.