Golden Cap Association (West Dorset)

a local association of the National Trust

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a local association of the National Trust

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Portland House revisited

Portland House in Weymouth is a stunning 1930s art deco holiday villa, not usually open to the public. However occasionally the NT allows people to visit and explore the house with its original art deco features, walk up the palm-lined path and admire wonderful sea views over Portland Harbour. Hundreds of people take advantage of this opportunity whenever it is available (generally three days in the Spring and three days in the Autumn).

The 2019 opportunity was on 4-6th October when these photos were taken.

Photos by R Dunford

28/10/2019 09:51 · admin

Coleton Fishacre in the sunshine

It was a lovely autumnal morning when members joined the coach for a trip to Devon and Coleton Fishacre, which was once the country home for the D'Oyly Carte family. It was built in the Arts & Crafts style and the rooms echo the lifestyle in the 1920's - upstairs and downstairs - with rooms echoing the family's Gilbert & Sullivan connections.

There is a wonderful garden full of many interesting plants from around the world. It also has spectacular sea views.

We were so fortunate in that the weather held until the last hour of our visit when the rain returned.

15/10/2019 21:31 · admin

Out & About with West Dorset NT

In September several members took the opportunity to accompany one of the newest West Dorset Rangers - Phil Thorpe - on a walk round the Golden Cap Estate in search of the orchid 'Autumn Lady's Tresses'. Unfortunately it was a little late in the season but several were found along with other interesting natural flora and fauna.

September was a busy time for the West Dorset NT as the Cerne Abbas Giant was re-chalked with the help of over 300 volunteers. This was done ready for next year when we celebrate 70 years of it being credited as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and 60 years of being a Dorset AONB.

Photos by R Dunford & V Smith

01/10/2019 09:58 · admin

Afloat with the National Trust

 The harbour at Lyme Regis

For several years the West Dorset National Trust has organised circular boat trips from Lyme Regis and along the Jurassic Coast with Stuart Line Cruises. The first two this year were held in July when two cruises went from Lyme Regis - one heading West to Beer Head and back and the second heading East to Burton Bradstock & Cogden and back. Another similar cruise is being held in early September - always subject to suitable sea and weather conditions on the day.

Photos by R Dunford

20/08/2019 17:41 · admin

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