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Published: September 16th 2021
A stunning day of blue sky, sea and wonderful scenic coastline.
We were woken by the Swanage Steam train going past our windscreen while we were still in bed. Didn't wave as we hadn't shut the front blind and didn't want anyone looking in !
Headed west from the campsite first of all to Lulworth Cove. The route there took us past quite a large area of Army shooting ranges and we were warned of sudden Gunfire and not to venture into the flagged zones. We had heard some strange booming noises from the campsite the day before so concluded that it was indeed gunfire and we heard quite a lot again today when we were out and about.
Lulworth Cove is beautiful. It is also extremely busy, the enormous carpark was pretty full. We tried to imagine how busy it might be during July and August, proper holiday months compared to now, out of season September and concluded we would not have wanted to be here. Staycation Britain really is making the most of the lovely places on offer. As we would normally be in France or Spain in September we are also just adding to the
unusual crowding !
Lulworth though is a very prettily enclosed bay with some soaring cliffs behind. A few people were lounging on the pebbly beach, but we, like most others, climbed up to the headland to admire the views from above.
We moved on then to Durdle Door, which is all maintained by the same Lulworth Estate people so were pleased to find the parking I had paid at the cove still applied here. Really making excellent use of the phone apps to pay for our parking this trip. I just wish that I didn't have to keep changing apps from one town / carpark to another.
There were also lots of people at Durdle Door and most, like us, tackled the steep walk down to the top of the cliff to admire the beach scenes below. Have to say that that beach and sea looked very very inviting and if we had been 20 years younger we would have gone down the steps to the beach itself and partaken of that clear sea water. As it was we already had the promise of the steep walk up the hill to the carpark and the steps to the
beach would have been steps, far far too far. Must comment that the views from the cliff top were worth every ache of the walk back up the hill. The sand below is multi coloured and quite amazing and the rock formations stunning. There were lots of people down on the beach, sunning, swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding and we stood for ages just enjoying the lovely scene.
Interesting also to see the cruise ships across the bay outside Weymouth harbour where we had seen lots of them last year.
We made it back to the top of the hill without too many stops to catch our breath or rather to motivate legs which didn't want to go any further.
Back to Lulworth where Bob managed to squeeze Smart Arse into a very small parking spot on the road so we could lunch at the pictureque Castle Inn (and rest our legs awhile). There are so many beautiful buildings in this part of the country, thatched cottages everywhere and my camera as usual was a click clicking.
Then on to the third clifftop spectacle at Kimmeridge Bay. Another climb down to the beach but not as onerous
as the last two and we were rewarded with a crumbling cliff with amazing rock strata towering over the rocky beach. We stopped to check some recently fallen rock pieces at the back of the beach and found a few fossilised pieces but people further along the beach said the rock had only just fallen, without any warning so we moved away from the area immediately below the cliff. We did hear more small falls as we walked along and wondered how long the cliff will last before it all comes crumbling down.
Back then to the campsite and time to rest our weary, overworked legs ready for tomorrow. We really have had an amazing day. The sea views have been spectacular and the weather absolutely amazing.
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