This walk explores industrial archaeology in and around the north of Portland, where the source of the world famous stone can be seen in the abandoned quarry faces, waste tips, tramway courses, tunnels, inclines and more. The circular walk takes in the west cliffs, Tout and King Barrow Quarries and follows the Merchants Railway and its branches. The adventurous can even scramble onto a small part of the original land surface which escaped the ravages of the quarrymen. There is geology too, and the Victorian defences of the Verne and High Angle Battery could be included, time permitting.
Meet at 10.00 am at Grid Ref SY 688730 – the Olympic Rings monument, which is just below and in front of the Heights Hotel (satnav postcode DT5 2EN), overlooking the spectacular Chesil Beach.
Directions: Cross over from Weymouth and drive up through Fortuneswell, then when you get to the top of the island turn first left (sharp) at the roundabout. Pass the Olympic Rings monument to find plenty of parking if you keep going.
Accessibility: The walk includes rugged terrain in places, so suitable footwear and fitness are required. Bring a packed lunch, or find local refreshments afterwards. Public toilets nearby.