The Portland Railway Walk

Submitted by Timwoods on 28 August 2010
OS Explorer Map: OL15 - Purbeck and South Dorset
 
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A linear, half-day coast walk in England starting at Weymouth, Dorset, about 11km (roughly 7 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs. Follow the route of a disused railway for an enjoyable walk from Weymouth to Portland. The railway, built to carry Portland stone out of the quarries, is now a wildlife corridor and perfect for a peaceful walk. You can download a detailed route guide from: www.visitweymouth.co.uk/downloadForms/ RailwayWalkleaflet.pdf Start: Weymouth, OS Grid: SY674792
End: Portland, OS Grid: SY676712
Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 195m (640ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 383m (1258ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 188m (618ft)
Max. Elevation: 130m (426ft)

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OL15 - Purbeck and South Dorset
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OS Grid: SY674792
Start at Abbotsbury Road in Weymouth, which is a short hop across the River Wey from the railway station.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 1 OS Grid: SY675780
The Rodwell Trail starts at the eastern end of Abbotsbury Road, and follows the route of the old railway.
About 2 km (roughly 2 miles) from 2 OS Grid: SY667760
At Ferrybridge, leave the trail and cross the water. The trail restarts on the other side.
About 2 km (roughly 2 miles) from 3 OS Grid: SY678745
Follow through Osprey Quay, which is a haven for coastal flowers. In April, the thrift creates a beautiful pink landscape.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 4 OS Grid: SY685739
The next section follows an old track along which wagons and horses brought stone from the quarries. Look for the footpath opposite the roundabout, just off Castletown Road.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 5 OS Grid: SY695729
The footpath climbs up into Verne Local Nature Reserve, which overlooks a prison!
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 6 OS Grid: SY700725
The path heads to the bottom of Yeates Incline past Nicodemus Knob, a stub of unquarried rock.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 7 OS Grid: SY702717
The footpath heads towards the coast and heads south past Durdle Pier. Take the steep steps down to rejoin the disused railway line. And look out for the feral goats which live around here.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 8 OS Grid: SY697709
Follow the coastal path to Church Ope Cave on the coast. From here, take the path into Easton for the bus back to Weymouth.
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