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The fascinating island of Portland is reached by crossing the causeway that runs parallel with part of the magnificent Chesil Beach. Stop off at the Chesil Beach Centre,where you can find lots of information on the both the beach and the Fleet Lagoon, the eight-mile stretch of water that lies behind the Chesil bank.

As you head closer to Portland you'll see the Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy to your left which was host to the sailing events of the London Olympics and Paralympics in 2012.

Walk the South West Coast Path around Portland and you certainly won’t be disappointed with the views. Even in the summer months it's easy to see the infamous Portland Race, a hazardous body of water caused by meeting tides and strong currents which cause the sea to churn continuously.

The island's museum at Wakeham is well worth a visit and although small is packed with information on Portland's long history. Archaeological finds, maritime memorabilia, stories of local shipwrecks and the local stone industry all have a place in the charming cottages that house the museum.

The Lighthouse at Portland Bill is definitely not to be missed. In fact there are three lighthouses at the Bill; one is a private residence, another a bird observatory but it is the red and white one that protects shipping today.

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16 Mar 2017
Whilst Dorset's Jurassic Coast is first and foremost one of the most significant Earth science sites in the world, it’s also rather beautiful. Inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list in 2001, the listed coastline extends for 95 miles, from Old Harry Rocks in Dorset to Orcombe Point in East Devon. The geology, which is exposed in the cliffs, is a near-continuous sequence of rocks that reveal 185-million years of the Earth’s history, through the ... Read more...
16 Mar 2017
Portland Bill is the graveyard of many vessels that failed to reach land in Weymouth or Portland. From the shore you can see the Portland Race, a meeting of the tides that causes a continuous disturbance. Portland Bill Lighthouse guides vessels heading for Portland and Weymouth through these hazardous waters as well as acting as a waymark for ships navigating the English Channel. There are actually three lighthouses at Portland Bill, but it is the taller red and white one ... Read more...
14 Mar 2017
Yes, we know that holidays are meant for relaxing – but some of you just can’t sit still for more than a couple of days! So, those of you programmed to be always on the go will be pleased to know that there are plenty of opportunities for keeping active whilst you are here in Dorset. Those considering following in the wake of Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie can try their hand at a spot of sailing at the Weymouth & Portland Sailing Academy, where lessons for all ... Read more...

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