WEYMOUTH & PORTLAND by Stuart Morris
Weymouth and Portland are justly celebrated as lying at the heart of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. No two neighbours could be more different. Weymouth’s crowning glory is its seafront, a legacy of when King George III arrived in the town to spend a holiday by the sea. ‘Royal Weymouth’ had been born. Today the beaches are as popular as ever, and the Harbour waterfront remains full of character. By contrast, Portland is a solid 4½ mile block of limestone jutting out into the English Channel. Portland was once home to a massive Naval base, but today is best known for its stone. From its quarries came Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece, St Paul’s Cathedral, and the Cenotaph memorial in Whitehall. Its coves, cliffs, old quarry workings, and surviving open-field farmland continue to evoke a lovely pastoral atmosphere.
80 illustrations in colour