Portland Quarries and Tramways

THIS EVENT IS FULLY BOOKED.... With Peter Stanier. Make sense of a unique landscape with the expert.

Date:Sun, 11 June 2017
Pricing:Members £3, Non-members £5
Time:10.00 am to 1:00 pm
Contact:General enquiries to Peter Stanier - walks@cba-wessex.org.uk

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.

King Barrow Quarry walk


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.

Portland Heights Olympic Rings

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.




Each event can be booked online. Once we receive your initial booking we will check the available spaces and send you a confirmation email (this may take a day or two). Book walk online here

If you are unable to book your walk online then you should contact our Walks Secretary at , giving your name, contact telephone number and email address together with your choice of events you wish to book. It is important you let us know how many member and/or non-member places you require for each event.


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It is OK to make one payment for multiple bookings. We simply need to know what your payment is for in order that we can match it against your booking(s). Unfortunately your booking is not confirmed until payment has been received by CBA Wessex.