Walking the Southwest coast path – Portland Bill

Portland Bill is a narrow promontory (or bill) at the southern end of the Isle of Portland, and the southernmost point of Dorset. One of Portland’s most popular destinations is Portland Bill Lighthouse.

Portland’s coast has been notorious for the number of shipwrecked vessels over the centuries. The dangerous coastline features shallow reefs and the Shambles sandbank, made more hazardous due to the strong Portland tidal race.

Portland stone is a limestone from the Tithonian stage of the Jurassic period quarried on the Isle of Portland, Dorset. The quarries consist of beds of white-grey limestone separated by chert beds (a fine-grained sedimentary rock composed of microcrystalline or cryptocrystalline silica).It has been used extensively as a building stone throughout the British Isles, notably in major public buildings in London such as St Paul’s Cathedral and Buckingham Palace. Portland stone is also exported to many countries

Pulpit Rock is a coastal feature at Portland Bill, the southern tip of the Isle of Portland, Dorset, England. The artificial stack of rock was left in the 1870s after a natural arch was cut away by quarrymen at Bill Quarry. It was intentionally left as a quarrying relic; Pulpit Rock was designed with religious connections; the large slab leaning against the main stack depicted an open bible leaning on a pulpit

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