GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Isle of Portland

8 miles (13 km)

Follow the Portland Coast Path around the Isle of Portland on this wonderful coastal walk in Dorset. There's spectacular cliffs, wide ranging views and lots of seabirds to look out for on this exhilarating walk.
The walk starts near the village of Fortuneswell at the northern end of the Isle. You'll start by passing the King Barrow Quarry Nature Reserve which is well know for its wildflowers, blue butterflies and bird species. The path then takes you to the coast at West Cliff where there are lovely views over West Bay. You head south along the coast to Weston and Portland Bill Lighthouse at the southern tip of the Isle of Portland. Here you can enter the lighthouse and climb to the top for some truly wonderful views. This is probably the most expansive view along the south coast with Durlston Head and Start Point in Devon visible on a clear day.
The return leg takes you along the eastern side of the Isle, passing Southwell, Easton and the Broadcroft Quarry Butterfly Reserve. Other highlights include Durdle Pier, a disused 17th-century stone shipping quay. Look out for wildlife including peregrines, guillemots, fulmars and kittiwakes.
To extend your walking in the area you can visit the wonderful Chesil Beach.

Isle of Portland OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Isle of Portland Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

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Photos

Portland Bill Lighthouse, Isle of Portland - geograph.org.uk - 414658

Portland Bill Lighthouse, Isle of Portland

West Weares, Isle of Portland - geograph.org.uk - 944855

West Weares, Isle of Portland. The embankment in the middle left of the picture once carried a tramway from Trades Quarry. At the pile of stone blocks at the end waste stone was simply tipped over the cliff edge. The coastal footpath round the Isle passes between the embankment and the tipping point.

West coast of the Isle of Portland - geograph.org.uk - 1029515

West coast of the Isle of Portland. The cliffs in the distance are on the south-west side of the Blacknor headland. The exposed cliffs are of Portland Sand, topped with Portland Stone. Below the cliffs are landslides where stone collapses over Kimmeridge clay. Chesil Beach and the hills above Weymouth are visible in the far distance (on the left of the photo). This view is from the coast path close to the Old Higher Lighthouse.

Priory Corner, Isle of Portland - geograph.org.uk - 942666

Priory Corner, Isle of Portland. From approximately where the bus is, New Road was diverted away from the cliff edge in 1996; there is a near-hairpin bend just out of shot to the right. At this point Portland stone brought out of the quarries in the north-west part of the Isle were transferred to the Merchants Tramway for onward passage to Castletown and shipment. The crane in the foreground was erected in 1997 to commemorate this exchange point. The tramway contoured along the hillside from the top of the buff path to the right of the road and is the lower step (immediately above the crane jib) across the Verne hill in the distance. At the white houses it descended a rope-worked incline to the harbour. The upper step below the summit marks the course of a dry vertical-walled "moat" around the prison inside the hill.

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GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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