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Purbeck District

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  • Day6

    Jurassic Coast; Ledge to Chapman's Pool

    October 14, 2020 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    The walk from Dancing Ledge brings us first to Headbury Quarry, where an old cannon on the rocks is visible - it is from a ship wrecked in a storm in 1786 whilst on its way to India. Next, we pass Seacombe Cliff and reach Winspit, a disused quarry with caves that has been used as a TV setting for Blake's 7 and Dr Who. There are great views before and after Winspit; for the latter, we can see back to Anvil Point and its lighthouse.

    We reach St Aldhelm's Point, the most southerly part of the Isle of Purbeck peninsula, where is another National Coastwatch Institution look-out point. There is also a Radar Memorial and St Aldhelm's Chapel, a Norman Church rebuilt in the 19th century.

    There is a very steep descent followed by an ascent up Emmett's Hill before we enjoy a wonderful view of Chapman's Pool, a small cove below, and of Egmont Point; the Kimmeridge Ledges and Kimmeridge Bay are beyond.
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  • Day7

    Jurassic Coast; on to Durdle Door

    October 15, 2020 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Kimmeridge Bay, aka Purbeck Marine Wildlife Preserve, is renowned for fossils and is a site of Special Scientific Interest; it is semi-circular in shape with a wave cut platform and rock pools beneath the cliffs. Clavell Tower on the overlooking Hen Cliff was built as both an observatory and a folly.

    Next up is Lulworth Cove, one of the world's finest examples of a natural cove; the nearby Stair Hole, an infant cove, shows how it may have looked many thousands of years ago. Lulworth Cove has been shaped as a result of wave diffraction through the narrow, hard Purbeck entrance into the softer clays behind it which are bordered behind by hard greensand and chalk .

    We walk on to Durdle Door, a natural limestone arch; the same rock strata as Lulworth Cove have been folded 90 degrees. Wonderful!
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  • Day7

    Regenfahrt: Haken dran :)

    August 31, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Die Routenplanung sieht heute 180km vor, ich freue mich schon richtig 😃

    Gegen 10 Uhr starten wir von Barford und haben fast durchgehend kleine Straßen unter den Rädern, die durch eine super grüne Landschaft führen. Nach 80km fängt es an zu regnen, also kramen wir unsere Regenkombis raus und kurven dann weiter, auf der Suche nach einem Café.
    Nach ~ 100km kommen wir an die Küste (hier kehren wir auch auf ein Käffchen ein) und schlängeln uns an dieser Entlang zu unserem heutigen Ziel Swanage.

    Unsere Jugendherberge ist auf einer Anhöhe gelegen, sodass wir einen wunderbaren Blick aufs Meer haben, richtig schön. Abends gehen wir in den kleinen Ort, essen was leckeres und tapern dann wieder Bergauf zu unserer Herberge.
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  • Day4

    Sandbanks and Studland Bay

    October 12, 2020 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 12 °C

    We drive to Swanage and take the bus and then chain ferry to Sandbanks, a small peninsula on the end of a spit crossing the mouth of Poole Harbour: it is famed for being one of the most expensive places in the world for real estate. We walk on the beach and circle back via Panorama Avenue - Rick Stein's restaurant is on the junction next to Caff (their spelling) and an estate agent.

    We take the chain ferry back, about a 5 minute journey, and enjoy a view of Bournemouth in the distance. We start at the beginning of the South West Coast Path - of which the Jurassic Coast Walk forms part - and enjoy walking on the beach of Studland Bay; this section is extremely popular with dog walkers and people of a certain age!

    We reach Redend Point and have an excellent view of thecOld Harry Rocks. We also see the Dragon's Teeth - apparently Studland Bay was considered an invasion point during WWII and these are anti -tank fortifications. We also go into Fort Henry, an observation bunker overlooking the bay, on the route to Handfast Point and the Old Harry Rocks.
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  • Day4

    Jurassic Coast; Old Harry Rocks- Swanage

    October 12, 2020 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    We walk across high chalk grassland to reach the Old Harry Rocks; these mark the eastern end of the Jurassic Coast (a UNESCO world heritage site) which starts here and finishes at Orcombe Point, near Exmouth. The rocks are chalk and the original formation used to stretch as far as the Isle of Wight, linking up with The Needles there. They are really impressive, but you do not want to get too close to the edge of the steep cliff!

    Not far from here are the pointed chalk stacks known as The Pinnacles. We walk further, crossing the end of Ballard Down at Ballard Point and the start of the Purbeck Way, to reach the steep, but stepped, descent to New Swanage. From here we see Ballard Down behind beach groynes, which help intercept water flow and sediment movement.

    We have good views of Swanage as we enter it, noting the Wellington clock tower (originally built for London Bridge) and Swanage Pier in the distance, as well as beach huts closer by.
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  • Day7

    Lulworth Castle and Worth Matravers

    October 15, 2020 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Lulworth Castle was originally a hunting lodge on the Lulworth Estate built in the style of a fortified castle, but now houses a museum: access is via the converted stables. Next to the castle is St Mary's Chapel, a Catholic church built in the style of a Greek mausoleum; this was done so that it did not look like a church - it was the first Roman Catholic church to be built in England after the Reformation.

    The Square and Compass at Worth Matravers is an incredible pub; it only has a hatch for service (no bar!) and real ale and home pressed cider is served directly from the barrels. The pub has been in the same family since 1907 and we are put in the tap room, in which "a returning Victorian labourer would find nothing out of place" (according to my recent Camra Beer magazine) - it is a correct description, this is an extraordinary place.
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    Ant Travels

    And pasties are fab

  • Day3

    Corfe Castle

    October 11, 2020 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 10 °C

    Corfe Castle itself was built in a strategic position between a gap in the natural chalk hills; its elevation means that they could also see Poole Harbour. Originally a Roman site, the castle was established by William the Conqueror, with the large keep added added by Henry I. It was demolished to its present state after the Engish Civil War ended in 1651.

    After visiting the castle and Corfe Castle village, we set off on a circular walk across Corfe Common, up the hill to Kingston and then back across another part of the "common land"; Kingston has a magnificent church with a disproportionate tower; the church is built from Purbeck stone and appears pink - due to algae, apparently.
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  • Day13

    2-8 Corfe Castle: Lulworth Cove

    August 2, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    De dag begint goed met een boomklever en een boomkruiper. Met veel moeite eindelijk iets raar piepends in het vizier: puttertje. Maar wel ideaal vogelen zo zeg, op mijn stoeltje, kopje koffie in mijn ene hand, fototoestel in de andere.
    De baai blijkt maar 15 km. te zijn. Doe ik dat, ga ik met tent enz. een wat minder op en neer route. Goed idee: je moet de Purbeck Range over, al snap ik niet helemaal waarom. Raar hoor, aan de ene kant de zee en aan de andere kant een bijna platte pannekoek met wat meertjes. Lulworth Castle is dicht, daar kom ik makkelijk van af. Lulworth Cove is lang niet zo specta als ik dacht, maar duidelijk een uitje voor veel mensen hier. Laat ik daar dan maar van genieten. Ik boek een boottochtje naar de amazing Duddle Door en trakteer mezelf op een ijs om de tijd te vullen. Helemaal prima. Duddle Door is een natuurlijke brug die er met een beetje fantasie uitziet als een drinkende draak. Erg leuk om een praatje te krijgen over de rotsformaties en om de Jurasic Coast vanuit zee te zien. Er wordt druk gewandeld, het lijkt de Chinese Muur wel!
    Op de terugweg naar de camping naar Tyneham (vooral gelopen omdat ik geen zin had om die Range voor de derde keer te beklimmen). Tyneham is een dorpje dat in 1943 is geëvacueerd omdat ze voor Dday moesten oefenen. Na de oorlog heeft het leger het gehouden en hier een groot oefen-en schietterrein gemaakt. Na protesten is het nu een beetje toegankelijk en het dorp een soort museum. Raar idee, beetje naar.
    Ik mis de laatste pub en denk dat ik nog een stuk moet klimmen, maar dat is alleen de 300 m naar de camping. Toch te moe/lui om 10 min. naar het dorp te lopen voor een biertje. Ik drink hier een koude limonade en zit op de fish and ships te wachten die hier om 7 uur komt. Ik blijf morgen nog een dag. Dan ga ik naar het dorp en kasteel wandelen. (en de pub denk ik! 😉)
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    Barbara de Groot

    Wat een rara kronkels kunnen wij mensen hebben. Een dorp ontruimen en dan gewoon niet terug geven omdat het makkelijker is... Op naar morgen.

    Marijke van der Zouwen

    Wat vreemd äfgesneden

    Astrid van der Zouwen

    Ja, bijzonder hѐ? Het stort nog steeds in, maar ik vond die "golfjes" ook zo bijzonder.

  • Day5

    Jurassic Coast; Swanage - Dancing Ledge

    October 13, 2020 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    We proceed through Swanage to Peveril Point - a promontory where there is a National Coastwatch Institution look out point manned by volunteers - and on further to Durlston Bay, a renowned site for fossils.

    The bay borders Durlston Country Park where Durlston Castle, originally built as a folly by George Burt on Durlston Head, is now the visitor centre. Burt also commissioned the Great Globe which is made from Purbeck Stone; at 3m diameter and 40 tons in weight, it is one of the largest stone spheres in the world. A little further on are the Tilly Whim Caves, originally quarries for the valuable Purbeck Stone; the "Purbeck Beds" extend from here to St Aldhem's Head. Now closed to tourists, the caves are a sanctuary for bats. Still within the grounds of the country park, we reach Anvil Point and its lighthouse.

    Leaving the park area and a couple of miles futher on is Dancing Ledge; this is a flat area of rock at the base of a small cliff that was also used for quarrying, since ships could come right up to the sheer edge due the depth of the water. There is a lot of rock climbing going on and the views are splendid.
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  • Day14

    2-8 Corfe Castle 's avonds

    August 3, 2019 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Ik dacht: ik ga vroeg, anders staat er misschien een rij. Stond er al🙂. Maar niet zo erg als om 7 uur! Maar het ging prima snel.
    Heb ik het bijna op, opeens allemaal blaffende honden: hert op de camping. Echt geen normaal gedrag, ze viel zelfs iemand aan!
    En er slaapt een kip op het aanrecht, die foto volgt nog.
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    Barbara de Groot

    Vroeg?! fish and chips halen? 🤨


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