Hallelujah Bay

Hallelujah Bay is a bay located on the west side of the Isle of Portland, Dorset, England. The bay is situated below West Weares, with Clay Ope, Blacknor Point and Mutton Cove further south. Near the cove is a large mound of rock and earth beneath the clifftops known locally as the Green Hump.[1][2]

The official public right of way leading to the bay has been subject to landslips over the decades. In 2014, the path was officially closed by the council due to landslides and falling rocks.[3]


The quarryman Hiram Otter began creating a public footpath from Chesil Cove to Hallelujah Bay in the 1880s. He became renowned for etching biblical inscriptions onto the boulders he successfully moved, and then crying "Alleluia!" when each text was completed. He christened the bay as Alleluia Bay (or Hallelujah Bay).[4][5]

In 2012, the bay was used for an artistic celebration, with stacked towers of stone pebbles being balanced by a hundred locals of all ages. The event was organised by Portland Stone Stax and was held at the bay again in 2013.[6]

Tar Rocks

Tar Rocks are located near the bay. They are the relics of an ancient landslide, with the majority often hidden at high tide.[7] The British cargo steamer SS Thames was wrecked at Tar Rocks in 1891, after being driven ashore in fog.[8][9] In 1930, SS Barmston, a collier, was also wrecked at the site and became a total loss.[10]


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  3. "Tout Quarry Sculpture Park And West Weares". Geoffkirby.co.uk. 26 May 1944. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
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  5. The Megalithic Portal and Megalith Map. "Jacob's Well (Portland) Holy Well or Sacred Spring : The Megalithic Portal and Megalith Map:". Megalithic.co.uk. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  6. "Balancing pebbles on Portland! 'Stone Stax'; Hallelujah Bay". YouTube. 18 August 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2012.
  7. "Geology of the Isle of Portland, Dorset by Ian West". Southampton.ac.uk. Retrieved 23 August 2018.
  8. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?142277
  9. Historic England. "Monument No. 1144565". PastScape. Retrieved 3 October 2015.
  10. "Portlandbill.co.uk". Portlandbill.co.uk. 16 June 2005. Retrieved 23 August 2018.

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