Mar 232014
 


Well, this is proving to be one of our best walking trails in England so far, inland that is, as Golden Cap on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset along the South West Coast Path will be my favourite, until the day I die!

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Golden Cap on the south coast of Dorset is hard to beat!

Weather report for today was mixed, with cool blustery showers and sunny spells, but it was Sunday and we love a long walk on a Sunday, so decided, when we woke up to go………

I quickly scrambled an egg for my breakfast…..put a handful of pumpkins seed in my pocket, packed a couple of apples, water bottle and some of Steve’s seed/coconut mix and we were off…..

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The beautifully small, but graceful church at Wooland, St Mary’s

We started the walk at the village of Wooland and parked outside the gorgeous little church there.  We walked out of the village up the steep road to Bulbarrow Hill……it was magnificent sunshine…..wonderful cool reviving air……

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Approaching Bulbarrow Hill……

We planned to have roast lamb later today (boned, rolled half leg from Waitrose) so my mind was set to do a good ‘workout’ today and I can safely say, yes it was certainly that……my poor old feet are recovering well now after a beautiful long soak in a hot Epsom salt bath!

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Four hours walking in the English countryside has to make anyone feel good…….So, the lamb is almost cooked now, thanks to Steve and how much am I looking forward to a good movie tonight……..no ‘Monday workitis’ for me!!!


Sep 012013
 

Sensational walking weather yesterday, with a slight cool northerly breeze.  We walked 12.5 miles (around 20 kms) up and down steep cliffs and hills on the wonderful Jurassic Coast in Dorset.  We started off early, walking from Charmouth to Golden Cap, Seatown and Eype’s Mouth and return, finishing with a well earned pub lunch at the delightful Fiddleford Inn in the beautiful Dorset countryside.  It doesn’t get much better than this for the outdoor lovers that we are.  I placed another stone on top of Golden Cap for my darling dad…..he loved the views…..

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Walking up Stonebarrow Hill out of Charmouth…..so still, clear and cool!

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We reached Golden Cap in no time…….Steve looking very pleased with himself!

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Leaving Seatown heading to Eype’s Mouth

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looking back towards Seatown with Golden Cap in the distance

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Views towards Symondsbury and Bridport, in beautiful Dorset

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Magnificent weather for walking…..the cliffs and hills were pretty hard work!

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Heading towards Eype’s Mouth

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Coming down this slope was fair enough, but the climb back is going to be a challenge!!

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Eype’s Mouth Beach……boys having a dip to get rid of their hangovers, so one young man told us!!

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The calm shores of Eype’s Mouth Beach

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Back we must climb…..Steve walking with the locals!

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Jenny Kirwan (Me!) feeling quite exhilarated, eating an apple! and knowing we were homeward bound….

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Wow! We deserved this! A pretty decent Beef and Ale Pie at the Fiddleford Inn, Dorset

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Yep! We built up a pretty decent appetite that’s no secret!

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The delightful Fiddleford Inn, Fiddleford, Dorset was a great pub to finish such a magnificent walk on.

 

 

 

Aug 262013
 

Well, it’s the last Summer Bank Holiday today and great weather was forecast, so a walk to Golden Cap on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset was on the cards!  We packed a small picnic the night before and made a thermos of freshly brewed coffee before we left.  Unreal, we love this part of the coast and couldn’t wait to get down there……

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The steep climb up Stonebarrow Hill from Charmouth was like a walk in the park for Steve! after all his rowing training and walks up Melbury Hill in Compton Abbas.

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Jenny Kirwan (me)on the highest point on the south coast, Golden cap in Dorset. I’m placing a stone on top of Golden Cap and one for my dear departed dad…..he loved seeing my favourite spot in England today….

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the half way point, Seatown beach, Dorset

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The unspoilt Seatown Beach, Dorset

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Steve on the beach at Seatown, Dorset

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Steve and I adore this coastline on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset….what a day!!

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Only half a mile all the way up to Sonebarrow Hill,Steve! then all the way down hill into Charmouth……

Jun 222012
 
The unspoilt Lulworth Cove on the Jurassic World Heritage Coast of Dorset.

The unspoilt Lulworth Cove on the Jurassic World Heritage Coast of Dorset.

My love of the Jurassic coast in Dorset and East Devon has taken Steve and I on some spectacular hikes along the Southwest Coast Path.  This area around Lulworth Cove is an extremely popular tourist destination, so towards the end of September in England was a good time for us to spend a couple of days hiking.

Chalk and limestone cliffs near West Lulworth are a geoligist's dream.

Chalk and limestone cliffs near West Lulworth are a geoligist’s dream.

We stayed in the small fishing village of West Lulworth in a B&B that was the closest cottage to the waters edge of Lulworth Cove, called the Boat House.  Views were amazing, we loved this place.

You couldn't get any closer than this to Lulworth Cove.  The Boat House was fantastic!

You couldn’t get any closer than this to Lulworth Cove. The Boat House was fantastic!

 

You couldn't get any closer than this to Lulworth Cove.  The Boat House was fantastic!

West Lulworth is full of character with some lovely old shops and cottages.

 

Lulworth Cove Inn, Dorset.

Lulworth Cove Inn, Dorset.

 

One of many lovely old cottages in the village.

One of many lovely old cottages in the village.

The weather was perfect when we arrived and the forecast for the next couple of days was excellent for walking.

Jenny Kirwan (me!) arriving at West Lulworth in perfect weather conditions

Jenny Kirwan (me!) arriving at West Lulworth in perfect weather conditions.

 

The Southwest Coast Path and Jurassic Coastline looking a picture of delight!

The Southwest Coast Path and Jurassic Coastline at St. Oswald’s Bay looking a picture of delight!

 

Walking towards Durdle Door from Lulworth Cove was pretty easy going.

Walking towards Durdle Door from Lulworth Cove was pretty easy going

 

Durdle Door on the Jurassic Coast, Dorset.

Durdle Door on the Jurassic Coast, Dorset.

Durdle Door no doubt would have to be one of the most photographed landmarks on the Jurassic Coast.  Over a period of time this arch will eventually collapse and leave a sea stack like those that can be seen at Ladram Bay in East Devon.

Durdle Door near Lulworth Cove, Dorset

Durdle Door near Lulworth Cove, Dorset

The views around Durdle Door were breathtaking

The views around Durdle Door were breathtaking

Jenny Kirwan says, "Bring on the steep cliffs, I'm ready for it!!"

Jenny Kirwan says, “Bring on the steep cliffs, I’m ready for it!!”

 

Approaching West Lulworth (whew!!)

Approaching West Lulworth (whew!!)

What a magnificent sight it was to see this tiny village of West Lulworth again.  The cliffs after Durdle Door were undulating to say the least!  What a relief to finally make it back!  A quite few beverages at the near by Castle Inn was a wonderful reward!  The Real Ales and extensive list of Real Ciders at this 16th century thatched free house is sensational…….but that’s another blog!

"Yes please!"  A pint of Stowford Press Cider for me and a Real Ale for Steve went down well!

“Yes please!” A pint of Stowford Press Cider for me and a Real Ale for Steve went down well!

 

 

Jul 092011
 
Looking west from Seaton, Devon

Looking west from Seaton, Devon

I absolutely love the hilly countryside around Devon and Dorset and in this area there are some of the most spectacular (and arduous!) Coast Path walks.  We’ve based ourselves in Seaton, Devon this week to walk some of our favourite stretches of this famous coast path.  Today is Steve’s favourite West Coast Path walk.  Surprise, surprise, it’s one of the most strenuous, difficult, physically challenging walks on the coast!  Steve has always been one for a testing physical challenge and this walk was just that.  The Undercliffs walk from Seaton, Axmouth to Lyme Regis we have walked many times…..so we knew the dangers and how difficult and rewarding it can be.

Leaving Seaton at Axmouth Harbour at the start of the walk

Leaving Seaton at Axmouth Harbour at the start of the walk

The Undercliffs are part of the ‘Jurassic Coast.’ This magnificent reserve covers wild woodlands, land-slipped cliffs, fossils, geology and spectacular wildlife.  It was declared a National Nature reserve in 1955.  It is one of the largest active coastal landslide systems in western Europe and lies within the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 

The Undercliff Walk from Seaton, Axmouth to Lyme Regis can be extremely dangerous.

The Undercliff Walk from Seaton, Axmouth to Lyme Regis can be extremely dangerous.

Rain was forcast to come through around mid morning, so we needed to get an early start to reach our destination without getting too wet.  We packed our rain coats and a few supplies and set off in good spirits……..

Wake up Jenny! This first hill goes on forever leading up to the golf course at Axmouth.

Wake up Jenny! This first hill goes on forever leading up to the golf course at Axmouth.

Yep!  This lane up to the Axmouth Golf Course was a killer of a hill that seemed to get steeper as we walked on.   When we finally make it to the Golf Course we then had to continue uphill until we made it to level land for a little breather!

Steve marching! through the Golf Course towards higher but level ground.

Steve marching! through the Golf Course towards higher but level ground.

From Axmouth Golf Course, looking back down into Seaton.

From Axmouth Golf Course, looking back down into Seaton.

The views on this walk are quite breathtaking but soon we would be approaching the Undercliffs where it would be pretty tough going with only a few glimpses of the sea along the way.  Weather still looked bright but rain was definately on the way.

Before we entered the Undercliffs this sign greets you!  We took 2 and 1/2 hours to walk to Lyme Regis!!!

Before we entered the Undercliffs this sign greets you! We took 2 and 1/2 hours to walk to Lyme Regis!!!

Steve climbing down one of the many sections of steps in the Undercliffs.

Steve climbing down one of the many sections of steps in the Undercliffs.

I was enjoying this walk so much and Steve was too.  The Undercliff’s warm and sheltered micro climate was a different world away from the windy cliff tops and pebble beaches surrounding it.  Steve spotted a lizard and we passed a tiny Hazel Dormouse that unfortunately had passed away earlier that morning.  There were so many beautiful butterflies and the bird life was wonderful too.

Beautiful trees line the path near the Rousdon Cliffs.

Beautiful trees line the path near the Rousdon Cliffs.

Another endless amount of steps to climb in the Undercliffs.

Another endless amount of steps to climb in the Undercliffs.

We were so lucky as it was still very dry underfoot as there hadn’t been much rain over the past week.  This path can be treacherous when wet….very slippery and muddy, so we were thankful of the conditions. 

Steve working out how far we had come and how long we had to go before we reach Lyme Regis.

Steve working out how far we had come and how long we had to go before we reach Lyme Regis.

A welcome sign, we were almost on the home straight!

A welcome sign, we were almost on the home straight!

....but a bit more torture before the end is near!

....but a bit more torture before the end is near!

....and another mountain of steps to climb!

....and another mountain of steps to climb!

The wildflowers were wonderful on this walk….yellow Wort, Bird’s Foot Trefoil, Rock-Rose, Yellow Horned Poppy and some beautiful Lilac.

Beautiful wildflowers on the Undercliff Path.  Steve was on a mission....no time to pose for photos!!

Beautiful wildflowers on the Undercliff Path. Steve was on a mission....no time to pose for photos!!

What a wonderful sign!!  Not long now....

What a wonderful sign!! Not long now....

Wow! We were nearly there…..eight miles of difficult, strenuous terrain was coming to an end.  The sense of achievement was massive!  The rain had started now but we didn’t care.  Our delight in the walk we completed (without injury) was enormous and getting a little wet was not a concern.

Walking down into Lyme Regis....wet but extremely satisfied with the Undercliff walk.

Walking down into Lyme Regis....wet but extremely satisfied with the Undercliff walk.

We made it!  Lyme Regis beach in 2 and 1/2 hours.....wonderful!

We made it! Lyme Regis beach in 2 and 1/2 hours.....wonderful!

Jenny (me) back at Seaton in dry clothes and happy with our achievement today.

Jenny (me) back at Seaton in dry clothes and happy with our achievement today.