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SUMMER MADNESS: Portland's treasured landmark
HOLIDAYMAKERS can flock to Portland Bill and make the most of the island’s most treasured landmark this summer.
Perched at the end of the isle of Portland sits the lighthouse, which is more than 100 years old and provides views across the ocean and coastline.
The southern tip of Portland has warned ships of dangerous waters around Portland for almost 300 years, with the first lighthouse being built in 1716.
Various boats have faced problems on the Portland race, which is a disturbance created by the meeting of two tidal flows between the island and Shambles Bank nearby.
The beams of the various lighthouses have tried to steer ships safely through at night, with Portland Bill marking the dangers of the Shambles sandbank with a red sector light.
The current lighthouse took more than two years to build under wooden scaffolding and rose 115 feet tall – which places it 145 feet above sea level.
It was built by the Wakeham Bros of Plymouth and cost £13,000 as a replacement for the previous lighthouse, which could no longer be modified due to the advanced technology in beacons.
When the beam was first lit in 1906 it stretched for 18 miles but later upgrades now broaden that distance to 29 miles.
Visitors can also take a break at the Lobster Pot café and restaurant, which is popular with adventurers and families of all shapes and sizes and offers exciting views across Lyme Bay and the Race.
The coast path leads walkers around the attractive Portland coastline where they can also discover the treasure trove of hidden bays, landmarks and history that Portland offers along the way.
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