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Published: April 10th 2023
Durdle door and Bournemouth in winter
-Piprey on wheels
The English Dorset coast
is cold all the year around. English beaches are charming in summers. My cousin was leaving UK. We made a day trip to see Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove
and Bournemouth beach.
It was a different beauty in winter
It was 26th March
, the last Sunday of March. The clocks were changing by one hour
. I hardly caught a wink and was up in the dark at 4 am.
The local bus seems to be running in a dark tunnel of rain.
Indeed, when I waited at the bus stop, a red, double decker bus splashed water and my sneakers were all wet.
The water was cold.
At Southall, there were 3 Asian holiday makers waiting at the bus stop. The Star tours coach
was 40 mins late. It was excellent choice of Bollywood music
to make the journey very pleasant.
It was about 2- 2.30 hours coach journey
from London to Durdle Door/Lulworth cove
. My cousin had picked the seats next to the emergency door at the back, with extra leg space! We drank hot coffee and biscuits like royals.
knew, we were at Lulworth cove. It was light but big clouds loomed in the sky.
We walked wrapped in our coats, woolen camps and gloves - like eskimos going for a morning stroll.
We started the uphill walk, some yellow heath flowers
and plenty of muddy, slippery paths. We climbed down towards the direction of Durdle door arch which was a steep climb down. Durdle door is a limestone arch formed by water erosion.
It resembled a dragon with its head deep in the water, drinking water.
My cousin attended her online singing lesson while she walked by the beach. Beautiful, smooth, round, small pebbles
formed the narrow beach. Not a single person was swimming. It was a slightly easier walk uphill as we could balance better on the slippery slope.
Climbing down was tough because it was muddy with pools of water and slippery.
Again, down the hill over the other side to reach the mini coach.
We walked to the opposite direction to visit Lulworth cove
, eat a real ice cream cone
, some homemade sandwiches (called railway sandwich
made of coleslaw, grated cheese, sweet corn and carrots). Invariably, it started to drizzle
. My Indian made strong black umbrella was damaged by the wind. We were more
than pleased to be back in the coach
We enjoyed some hot tea
and in 40 mins, reached Bournemouth beach
. A small group of people were learning to surf. A young man did a zip drop on the pier. We shared a Cornish pastry
We visited the Bournemouth Oceanarium
Impressive collection of marine fishes, small sharks, large turtles, small penguins, corals, otters, iguana and other delightful creatures. The sting ray on the tunnel seemed to grin at me.
were massive fishes. Apparently, some of them were vegetarian.
It was time to eat fish and chips, a ginger lemon tea
and a piece of coffee cake
. Even in off season, it was full. We took a table outside, overlooking the sea. We walked up to the garden and were surprised to see a small round bird park
filled with beautiful exotic birds
There were parrots, java sparrow, lovebirds, budgerigars, pheasants, quails, macaws, cockatiels and so many wonderful and bright birds. They were flying about in the huge enclosure. Have you ever seen a blue parrot, an exact copy of a green parrot? Incredible.
We were back in the bus and reached London in 2.10 hours. With soothing music, it was sleeping time.
The Oceanarium was well kept with plenty of fishes and marine life with discounts for locals
! There were different shades of blue of the Bournemouth beach
unlike the same cornflower, typical of beaches which was unique. I learnt that when we travel with different people, we gain a new perspective because they have different interests
Dorset coast survived millions of years.
Nothing changes so
English weather 😊
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