The Rodwell Trail
Following the track bed of the old Weymouth to Portland Railway, which closed to passengers in 1952 and freight in 1965. A pleasant, traffic-free 3.5km walk from Westham Bridge in the heart of Weymouth’s town centre to Ferry Bridge. From there, continue 0.8km along the traffic-free Portland Beach Road route to the Chesil Beach Visitor Centre. A further 2.3km will take you to Fortuneswell in Portland.
Isle of Portland Circuit
This is a walk of dramatic, rugged cliffs, nationally rare plants, hidden coves and stunning views. 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 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.
Follow either the road and cycle way from Ferry Bridge, or the shingle ridge of Chesil Beach, to join the Coast Path as it climbs to the top of the cliff providing stunning views. The Path then offers fairly easy walking around the Isle along old quarry tracks, with some short, steep ascents and descents in places.
Take time to enjoy the impressive views from Portland Bill before walking the east coast back round to Ferry Bridge.