The Isle of Portland is a large mass of limestone which is linked to the mainland by the shingle ridge of Chesil Beach.Centuries of quarrying and military presence have altered the natural landscape, leaving visible records of the history of this important part of Dorset.The run continues along behind the back of the YOI and down Goat Hill.
The Isle’s white limestone has been used for construction since Roman times.
Nature has reclaimed some of the disused quarries, which become a stunning mass of grasses and wildflowers in the spring and summer months.
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The distinctive red and white striped Portland Bill Lighthouse is at the tip of the Island where the centre is open to visitors from Sunday to Friday between 11.00 and 17.00 from April to September, and it is also possible to climb the 153 steps to the top of the tower for some exceptional views.
Heading back towards the Sailing Academy you will encounter breathtaking views from the top of West Cliff back along Chesil Beach and the Fleet Lagoon, which is the largest tidal lagoon in Britain and a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the extraordinarily rich variety of wildlife found here.Available for bookings from the autumn half term to the Easter holidays.YHA Portland is the ideal place for a school trip that combines learning experiences with fun-filled activities.The run will take you clockwise around the South West Coastal Path for the first loop of the island, taking you past the recently built Osprey Quay around to Portland Castle, heading up Merchants Railway to the Verne – The impressive architecture of The Verne Citadel: now used as a prison, the citadel was designed by Captain W Crossman of the Royal Engineers and enclosed an area of 56 acres on the highest point of Portland.Work began in the mid 1800s and the Great Verne Ditch took 30 years to complete.The next prominent point will be Pulpit Rock and Portland Bill: especially dramatic on a rough day, the southern most tip of the island fills you with an exhilarating feeling of space as you take in the spectacular views which extend to Start Point in Devon and ahead to Durlston Head in the east.