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Accessible Walks - walking routes for parents with young children
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Portland Bill

LOCALITY: Portland, Dorset
DISTANCE: 4 miles (6.44 km)
FACILITIES: There & back, Parking, Toilets, Pub, Cafe

GRADIENT: A few ups & downs
TERRAIN: Medium
OS MAP: Purbeck and South Dorset

Walk description:

The area around Portland Bill, with its distinctive lighthouse, is flat. A series of tarmac and rolled stone paths lead around the lighthouse. The first 1/2 mile of the Coast Path leading North East is a mix of fairly level stone and grass (slightly uneven) tracks, and pass the antique cranes where Portland stone was loaded onto barges.

A more adventurous walk suitable for buggies and rugged mobility scooters is to head up from Portland Bill, up the grass slope (or the adjacent minor road) on the west side that steadily climbs to the Coastwatch lookout.

From here the Coast Path levels out and follows a wide grass track (can be muddy in spots after prolonged wet weather) along the cliff tops, from which you get great views along the coast, potentially as far as Start Point in Devon. After about a mile (at Weston), the Coast Path is unfortunately confined to a narrow path and descends a flight of steps, thus preventing further progress on wheels.


Additional notes:

Close to the car park are accessible toilets, cafe and visitor centre. More information on what you can see on this walk (and many others) can be found on the official South West Coast Path website - http://www.southwestcoastpath.com


10/11/2007 | Walk posted by The South West Coast Team

Walks With Buggies User Reviews

Amazing views

13/08/2009 | Reviewed by cathy nettley

There are several routes that you can follow. You just need to go and explore. The terrain changes from area
to area, but is possible with a buggy. An all terrain buggy would be ideal. Wheelchair users would find some
part difficult, but small areas are possible. However, it is worth going just for the views alone. There is a
lovely cafe with wheelchair access, disabled toilets and baby changing facilities. There is also a very
pleasant pub just up the road from the lighthouse.