Portland Bill – Dorset

Portland is unique and unusual, connected to the mainland at Abbotsbury by Chesil Beach, a tombolo which runs 29 kilometres (18 miles) north-west to West Bay. Portland is a tied island and Chesil Beach is the tombolo (a spit joined to land at both ends).

Due to its unique coastal location, the isle of Portland has an extensive range of flora and fauna; the coastline and disused quarries are designated sites of special scientific interest. Sea and migratory birds occupy the cliffs in different seasons, sometimes these include rare species which draw ornithologists from around the country. Marine visitors to the surrounding seas include dolphins, seals and basking sharks.

At the southern most tip of the island is the lighthouse and Pulpit rock. Portland Bill lighthouse has been standing majestically for the past 111 years. At a height of 41 meters (135 ft) the distinctive red and white tower first shone it famous four flashes of light every 20 seconds on the 11th January 1906 and has a range of 25 nautical miles which has guided passing vessels through the hazardous waters around Portland Bill as well as acting as a waymark for ships navigating the English channel.

If you’re feeling peckish (as we were) why not pop into the Lobster Pot, the cafĂ© situated right next to the famous Portland Bill lighthouse. Famous for its Dorset Cream Teas which has a scone recipe that has remained the same since the business began in 1952.