Walk - Church Ope Cove
2.6 miles (4.2 km)
Wakeham Car Park DT5 1HP Wakeham Car Park
Easy - Running along the coastal path, dismantled railway, quiet roads and stony footpaths, the route include some short stretches of steep ascent and descent, including steps.
A short walk exploring Portland's north-eastern shoreline, where dramatic cliffs with breathtaking views along the Jurassic Coast tower over a landscape that has slithered downhill, creating a haven for wildlife. The limestone grasslands are alight with creeping plants and the vividly-coloured butterflies and moths that they support, and the scree-clad slopes are littered with boulders that have fallen from the cliffs, many of them containing shells and fossils. The route, along the path of a railway once used for transporting stone, passes a number of other sites of historical interest, including the graveyard that kept falling onto the beach and the bath that was too expensive to use. A good route in autumn, when late butterflies and moths browse above the brambles and birds plunder the berries on the thorns and elder bushes.