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67571504LRThe area covered by this page is enclosed within the red lines. It includes Blacknor Fort, which is the building in the lower right of the red enclosure.

There is a narrow and scary path running between the fort and the cliff-edge.

In the face of the cliff is the entrance to a large cave system. This was discovered relatively recently and can only be reached by abseiling down the cliff - one reason why this area is popular with climbers.

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West Weares looking south towards Blacknor Point.

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Notice in this picture the huge section of cliff that has fallen away and dropped a long way down the cliff. Portland is crumbling into the sea and will eventually disappear.

Dominating the westerly headland of Blacknor Point on Portland is Blacknor Fort.

This Victorian fort is now private property.

Please click here for a close-up view of the Fort showing the old gun emplacements in detail.

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Above is an historic picture of a 9.2 inch gun being moved to Blacknor Fort in 1909.

Please click here for a excellent photograph by Bob Ford of fog on this part of the coast.

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A general view of Blacknor Fort looking north.

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A view of the Blacknor Fort entrance in March 2008

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Here we see the remains of a quarry workers' hut a few metres north of Blacknor Fort and nearby are the remains of a World War 2 gun emplacement as seen in the picture below.

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Here we see the remains of the quarry workers' hut with the sweeping cliffs of West Weares and Portland Harbour in the distance. The concrete gun stand can be seen near the cliff edge.

Below is a view taken about a century ago from the same spot showing the walls of the hut more intact.

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The expansion of Bowers Quarry adjacent to West Weares in the late 1980s resulted in many of the old tramway tracks being overwhelmed with an advancing wall of waste stone. At least one old tramway tunnel was blocked off and lost in 1989 by the dump shown here.

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