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!
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…..
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……
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!
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!!!
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…..
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……
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.
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.
The weather was perfect when we arrived and the forecast for the next couple of days was excellent for walking.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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……..
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!
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.
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.
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.
The wildflowers were wonderful on this walk….yellow Wort, Bird’s Foot Trefoil, Rock-Rose, Yellow Horned Poppy and some beautiful Lilac.
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.