Posted April 22nd, 2011, 11:58 AM
Last edited by John Bull; April 22nd, 2011 at 12:04 PM
Hmmm, we meet again, Carol
Only a few cruise ships visit Portland
, but it'll be an interesting stop, in the heart of the "Jurassic Coast"
Bill is a high & rocky promentory of, I dunno - mebbe 5 sq miles, on the south coast, connected to the mainland by a permanent causeway. Deep into history, it's the reason that "Portland
stone" & "Portland
cement" have their names, stone quarried here was used for a number of significant buildings in the UK (incl. St Pauls Cathedral?) There are still working stone quarries at the top of the Bill. And rabbits. Lots of rabbits.
You'll port in Portland
harbour, former Navy base, home of the sailing events of this year's Olympics & not far from the causeway.
To the west of Portland
is 18-mile-long Chesil Bank (often called Chesil Beach), the Portland
causeway is the start of it. Behind Chesil Bank is a lagoon called "the Fleet"/"the Flete", a wildlife reserve.
And in the bay to the east is the Victorian seaside holiday town of Weymouth, short journey of about 4 miles by bus or taxi, or probably a ship's transfer will be offered.
Weymouth is a super little resort with a beach & promenade, interesting harbour, smuggling museum, etc and more cafes, pubs & fish'n'chip shops than you can shake a stick at. Most visitors are Brits. This would be your cheapest & easiest option, and would be a good day if the weather's OK.
Or explore the Jurassic Coast.
West as far as Lyme Regis, taking in Abbotsbury, West Bay & Bridport.
Or east to Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove, Corfe castle.
You can make a circular route in either direction, using the minor coastal roads & the main A35 trunk road. Or concoct your own route taking in some things either side of Portland/Weymouth.
But this would take a degree of planning, & public transport wouldn't cut the mustard. So you'd need to hire a car, or a car & driver.
Google some of these names & see what you think.