Since moving to this beautiful part of Dorset, Lynne & Andy have tried to make the most of the local sights and scenery. Some is reachable on foot via the South West Coast Path, and most of the rest can be reached by using the local bus service. So once parked in Weymouth, your car never need to be moved during the length of your stay. All of the scenic photos have been taken by us when out and about including Durdle Door from the sea – stunning isn’t it!?
Built by the Victorians to protect Portland Harbour, Nothe Fort is one of the best preserved forts of its kind. The advances in technology that affected the Fort are explained through many displays, exhibits and audio visual facilities located on the ramparts, gun decks and maze of underground passageways
Located at the entrance to Weymouth Harbour the Fort is a labyrinth of underground passageways and outdoor areas with stunning views of the Jurassic Coast. Constructed on three levels , which are easily accessed by means of a lift, the Fort is filled with displays, mammoth guns and cinema areas that chart the history of this large and magnificent Victorian structure which took 12 years to build.
Portland and Chesil Beach
Portland is not really an island but is reached over a narrow causeway from Chesil Beach. It is a huge block of limestone, measuring 4.5 miles by 1.75 miles and rising to a height of 400 feet above sea level in the north. The famous Portland Stone quarried here has been used for many well-known buildings. These include both our own St Paul’s Cathedral and the United Nations Building in New York. Many of the quarries here are owned by the crown as Portland is a Royal Manor.
Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove
Durdle Door is probably the most famous stone arch anywhere in the world. It was created when the sea pierced through the Portland limestone around 10,000 years ago. Looking west over the beach, isolated stacks out at sea show where an older coastline once lay. This part of the coast is formed from merged bays and shows how Lulworth Cove and Stair Hole may look in several thousand years time.
Just twenty miles along the coast and on the bus route Lyme Regis is best known for fossil hunting and the famous Cobb Harbour.
Market own easily reachable by bus or train. Market days are on Wednesday and Sunday from 6.30am to 2pm.
Here is a live webcam of the beach from Weymouth Pavilion
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