Highcliffe Castle is a Grade I listed building owned by Christchurch Borough Council. It was built between 1831 and 1835 by Lord Stuart de Rothesay. It has been described as “the most important remaining example of the Romantic and Picturesque style of architecture.”The Castle was built on the site previously occupied by High Cliff, a Georgian mansion designed for the 3rd Earl of Bute (a founder of Kew Gardens), with grounds laid out by Capability Brown.
The Dorset Coast Path Relay is an annual long-distance race which has traditionally been held between orienteering clubs within the South West Orienteering Association. The relay is raced from the Devon-Dorset border at Lyme Regis along the Coast Path (taking the inland route north of Weymouth) all the way to the Sandbanks chain-ferry slip at Shell Bay
A story goes that the twelve bells of Bindon Abbey were stolen by night, and are now in the churches of Wool, Combe, and Fordington. Tradition has it that 5 of Fordingtons 8 bells were obtained that night.
The common lizard is a small reptile averaging about 13cm in length. They are still widespread throughout much of Britain, living in grassland, heaths, sandy areas and moors and as here on Portland, amongst the rocks.