Portland impressed me last time, but I was only there for one full day - spent doing a once-round of the whole island. It hadn't even been on my itinerary, but the staff at Swanage YHA saw I was going to Weymouth and asked if I was going the the Isle. Nope. "Oh you must!" A quick phone call was made to the Portland YHA which was closed since it was January. They agreed to open for me and one other guest.
I cycled across to Portland in the dark. In the morning I went for my wander. Luckily, there's a circular walking route nearly all the way around the island, easily doable in one day. If you're not wearing cycle shoes like I was! (Cycling shoes are thin and the soles are solid and don't flex. Not comfy for footpaths.)
- I loved the high cliffs overlooking Chesil Beach. Chesil Beach is an 18 mile long shingle (stone) beach that connect the island to the mainland at Weymouth.
- I loved the disused quarry that is now a sculpture park, essentially. I had no idea it was officially a sculpture park but wandered through while following the coast path and realised odd images and structures dotted my view. Surreal and amusing!
- I loved Portland Bill - the southernmost point of the island dotted with 3 lighthouses. I only saw one, since I didn't have any information about the island before I went. The high waves and high winds on my visit gave me fantastic photographs to transform into my storm paintings.
This time I'm backpacking instead of cycling. Wearing hiking boots. Obtained OS map and geology pick. And of course armed with an education this time, and nearly 4 days. (and lots of sunblock)
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