Isle of Portland
The Isle of Portland is a geographical oddity, joined by the narrow strip of Chesil Beach pebbles to the resort of Weymouth – but very different. Driving across the causeway to Portland you enter a very different atmosphere. There’s an old red-and-while lighthouse overlooking some of the UK’s most turbulent seas and great walks along daunting cliffs. This hard white Portland Stone has been quarried for centuries to construct much of Westminster and St Pauls.
During your trip
Other Route Detours
A loop down from Studland and Corfe allows you to visit Swanage. At the far eastern end of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site this is a small, quiet and rather nostalgic seaside resort boasting a sheltered sandy beach and Victorian pier. Take a break by riding the steam railway or strolling Durlston Castle’s clifftop gardens and wildlife reserve.