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Portland Bill Lighthouse
As I am no spring chicken (or rather mutt) I like to take things at a slower pace these days. In my youth a 25km run wouldn’t go a miss, now at the grand old age of 12 my more mature legs prefer to gentle stroll.
This is one of my favourite strolls from Portland Bill Lighthouse Paths, 3km so not too tiring! https://www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/walksdb/618/
A short stroll form my work place at ATHAY Gallery is a fine beach where I like to have a little paddle before my obligatory stroll. Last week, after said paddle I discovered the fascinating history of Portland Castle.
Overlooking Portland Harbour stands one of Henry VIII's finest coastal forts, built in the early 1540s to protect against French and Spanish invasion. Today it provides a great day out for visitors and its audio tour, included in the admission price, tells of the castle's 450 year history and the part it played in the First and Second World Wars. Portland Castle offers lots to do for families and couples alike, and only four miles from Weymouth, this historic adventure can easily be combined with some more contemporary seaside fun.
Hooray! Our 'dog friendly' sticker is on it's way. As you know we welcome you and your pooch but it's good to be officially recognised as a 'dog friendly' establishment.
I began my morning on the pontoon, basking in the October rays and cocooned in my bed. Hmmm, not a bad way for an old boy to start the day?! Then, my old man (Kitt) suggested we take a hike to Church Ope Cove. A splendid spot in Portland and I must say, perhaps one of my favourites (that said, I do prefer a sandy beach!).
Church Ope Cove is a small secluded beach on the eastern side of Portland, near the hamlet of Wakem. The beach consists of soft limestone pebbles and is surrounded by cliffs on three sides which provide shelter from the often strong breeze in our area. As the beach faces south, it is also something of a sun trap throughout the day and as you all know, I am rather keen on the sunshine. For humans, one of the big draws of Church Ope Cove is the views of Rufus Castle and you can walk to the nearby ruins of old St Andrew's Church. I can thoroughly recommend it for two and four legged friends!
As you know, apart from basking on the deck and eating, I am rather partial to my morning 'passeggiata' (as the Italians would say). This morning was no different. A hearty breakfast followed by 40 winks and then the ‘old fellow’ suggested a walk to Tout Quarry. A splendid idea! This was a first for me and I was most intrigued by the 60 hidden sculptures. Normally, I’m looking for rabbits and small rodents so this is something of a novelty!
Tout Quarry is an abandoned stone quarry which has now been turned into a nature reserve and stone sculpture park. The remnants of the quarry's limestone have been used to create sculptures within the quarry. The site has been left to regenerate naturally, with control of invasive scrub forming the main management.
The old fella and I took the south west coastal path but there are also many other access points to the quarry.
Although the full stretch of Chesil Beach is 18 miles long with 180 billion pebbles, my little section is within striking distance of the gallery and well worth a wander. After visiting us, take a stroll along the beach to Quiddles Café, they’ve got a great selection of everything us four legged and our two legged friends require. From full blown lunches to a delicious slice of cake. But if you wish to make the stroll a little longer try this walk, it’s only 4.2 miles so very gentle on the feet and naturally encompasses Athay Gallery and Quiddles!