Walking The Rodwell Trail follows the track bed of the old railway built in 1865 to carry passengers and Portland Stone between Weymouth and Portland. The whole walk is approximately 6 miles but can be divided into 3 sections, each one taking in very different landscapes. The most popular sections runs for 2 1/4 miles from the centre of Weymouth, south to Ferrybridge. An excellent leaflet is produced by Visit Weymouth.
Need to Know
• Weymouth to Ferrybridge is approximately an hour’s level walk in each direction
• Suitable for wheelchairs and push chairs
• Car parks with public toilets and refreshments are close by (6 minutes walk from either end)
• Buses travel frequently from Ferrybridge to central Weymouth (Firstbus No.1 – Portland)
• Dogs and cycles welcome
Keep An Eye Out For
• Spring and Autumn – migrating birds such as whitethroats and warblers
• Summer – butterflies such as Specked Wood, Gatekeeper and Small White
• Winter – Merganser Ducks, Slavononian Grebes and Great Northern Divers
• When the walk leaves the Trail over to Portland Harbour, it enters into a Site of Special Scientific Interest with many coastal plants. When the thrift is in flower from April it is a ‘sea’ of pink.
• Both St Paul’s Cathedral and Buckingham Palace are constructed out of Portland Stone which would have traveled from the quarries of Portland via the Rodwell railway.
• The Crab House Cafe in Wyke Regis serves up some of the best fresh seafood in Dorset and is perfectly positioned for a lunch stop.
• The Cove House Inn on Portland makes and excellent stop for a hard earned drink. Enjoy the afternoon sun in the outdoor area overlooking Chesil (dog friendly) and the sunsets here are especially memorable.
• One of the best views of Weymouth Bay and The Jurassic Coast is from the Jailhouse Cafe on Portland. Yes it is an actual prison and the cafe is run by prisoners but the food is excellent and it is an experience not to be missed.