Portland Bill & Chesil Beach

Continuing our tour of Dorset we’ve off to visit Portland Bill the narrow promontory (or bill) at the southern end of the Isle of Portland, and the southernmost point of Dorset.

It’s most famous for its iconic lighthouse that was built in 1905 and costing £13,000 to complete.

Then we have a quick gander at Chesil Beach. A place immortalised in many works of fiction including On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan.

“It is above all an elemental place, made of sea, shingle and sky, its dominant sound always that of waves on moving stone: from the great surf and pounding … of sou’westers, to the delicate laps and back-gurgling of the rare dead calm….” John Fowles

Chesil Beach is one of three major shingle beach structures in Britain. Its name comes from the Old English ceosel or cisel, meaning “gravel” or “shingle”.

It runs for a length of 29 kilometres from West Bay to the Isle of Portland and in places is up to 15 metres high and 200 metres wide.

Published by collymarples

World traveller, proud auntie, bit of a liability.

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