Hey diddle dee dee,
It’s the island life for me
(Don’t mention rabbits).
Review/notes: We’ve been on vacation this week and just returned from the Isle of Portland and the coastal resort town of Weymouth. I highly recommend both of these if you have a couple of days to spare.
A large section of the Jurassic Trail, part of the South West Coastal Path, covers Weymouth, Portland, and Chesil Beach (an 18 mile long tombolo of pebbles that you sink into like balls in a bouncy castle — a quarter-mile on this is exhausting). Fishing seems easy, here, and we spotted fishers cleaning their catches all along the beach.
It is steep everywhere and great for hill running as the traffic only picks up a little at rush hour.
I did about 6 miles worth of hill running then after lunch we went for a long hike out to and back from the lighthouses at the far end of the island. Along the way we detoured into the old quarry where there is an open-air sculpture school of sorts. With old cut stones forming steep alleyways around you it is like a big scavenger hunt to find works in progress.
Cases in point, the elephant sneaks up on you as you come around this massive stone while the figure of a woman peering out to sea is hidden until you climb on a wall of marble.
Some of these catch your eye more readily than others.
Finally for this entry(although there will likely be more tourist snaps as I catch up on the blog), there was an antiaircraft bunker overhanging the cliffs at the far southwest bump of the island with some great graffiti inside. Party time.
[DT =Daily Tipple, explained in DT #000 here]