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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
Dorset's Jurassic Coast, the Natural World Heritage Site and the only one of its kind in England, covers around 95 miles of stunningly beautiful coast and is rich in geological importance, which represents 185 million years of earth history. It displays not just superb Jurassic, but older Triassic and younger Cretaceous rocks too. This international recognition, which many agree is long-awaited and much deserved, places the coastline alongside some of the most famous and ... 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. During the summer months, and subject to opening times, you can book a guided of the lighthouse. ... Read more...
14 Mar 2017
Oh you do like to be beside the seaside – and while you’re here it seems many of you also like to take advantage of all the activities and sports on offer, especially those that involve getting your feet wet! A surprising number of the sailors and windsurfers you see out on the water are visitors who were introduced to their sport whilst holidaying here. Now they are hooked and regularly return to enjoy their chosen sport. Depending on how adventurous you want to ... Read more...

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