A Few Days in England - Nov 2007
DAY 15: Portland Bill, Weymouth and Chesil Beach
I drove southwest from Southsea on the Sunday morning and headed for Weymouth. From there I drove up onto the Portland Headland and intended stopping at the lookout that faces northwest back along the coast. As I neared the lookout I realised that the road was completely blocked by dozens of parked cars. There was a large group of people moving up to the top of the hill, despite the very cold, blustery winds. Of course - it was nearly 11am on the 11 November and the hilltop was the location of the local war memorial. So I headed further south to the far end - the Bill of Portland and the lighthouse.
The Coast Beyond Weymouth & Hardy's Tower
From Portland and Chesil Beach, the B3157 winds north through small villages - Abbotsbury, Swyre and Burton Bradstock. I then retraced this route, turning inland at Abbotsbury up the steep Portesham Hill to the top where I found Hardy's Tower. This location has a magnificent view of the surrounding countryside, but it is the Tower that attracted me. Following the Battle of Trafalgar, Nelson was commemorated with a tall column in central London. The Commander of his flagship, the HMS Victory was Vice Admiral Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy. He is remembered with a tower on this isolated hill.
Back at Weymouth in the late afternoon light, the beach attracted a few people, but even the seagulls had foresaken the cold sand.
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