May
2019

Hiking along the Jurassic Coast

A weekend hiking along the Jurassic Coast

Hiking along the Jurassic Coast is something I have been looking forward to since December last year. Funny how time flies and all of a sudden here it comes.

I had heard a lot about how stunning the Jurassic Coast is.  I was told, it isn’t as steep as The Seven Sisters.  They were wrong, it was every bit as challenging if not more so. 

The Jurassic coast is a world heritage site; stretching over  96 miles long, from Exmouth in East Devon to Studland Bay, Dorset.  

 

I had deliberately not read too much about the camping arrangements. It might have put me off!

 

https://www.longthornsfarm.co.uk

 Both nights were freezing. The second night I couldn’t get to sleep, I heard; owls, cuckoos, giggles and snoring. I tried reading with a torch, but it was too cold to keep my face and hands out of the sleeping bag. I slept with all my clothes on.!There were glamping options; If you felt the need to upgrade.

One of the group from Discover Adventure did give up a night of camping for glamping and reported back that it was lovely and warm. I reminded myself that it could be worse I had managed to raise £550.00 for War Child already, so all I had to do was relax, this was only for 2 nights. I wasn’t a refugee and I did not have to live like this. 

We were only going to walk 26 miles or so over two days.

It wasn’t as tough as I thought and I gathered, the jogging around Brockwell Park had made me stronger.  As well I had hiked from Eastbourne to Seaford the week before under the duress of hail and wind! 

There were a lot of places and names new to me, such as Lulworth Cove and Durdle door that we visited over two days. We visited Kimmeridge Bay and Tyneham Village, a deserted village, partly left standing and never restored.

I find it difficult to recall all the names and the exact order of the walk, there was so much to take in. Focusing on putting one foot in front of the other and plenty steep climbs kept me focused on doing the walk.! I need to visit places a few time to really get to know it.

Wild Garlic in abundance at this time of year.

WILD GARLIC was out in abundance here it is, making a home in a derelict house. It smelt divine.

http://tynehamvillage.org

Discover Adventure

DA as they were known to the travellers, took care of all our needs; from putting up the tents to bringing us food and snacks. 

It’s somewhat a bit of a strange setup, but I had signed up for it now and there was no going back. Only three of us were fundraising, and I was the only one who had raised funds for War Child. Going uphill, one step at a time, take it easy, steady and slowly gets you there in the end.

BLUE HAZE.. people from the group taking a break on a hilltop

 

Fundraising for War Child.

Some of that fund went tot he organisers, who did all the work; from picking us to up, to cooking dinners, providing tents, and dropping us off at the Coast. I couldn’t have done without them.

Everyone was extra friendly, and it was just like going out walking with any walking group. I forgot to take my War Child Teeshirt, for the publicity shot. I’m obviously not a publicist! The main thing to me is that I raised the funds.

The walk ended at Duddle Door, which was stunning but full of tourists.

DURDLE DOOR

FAMOUS LANDMARK ON JURASSIC COAST, THE ARCH AT DURDLE DOOR

 

More information on walking the entire South West Coast Path including the Jurassic Coast can be found in this link.

 

 

https://jurassiccoast.orgComing up

My next walk is  (Yes again!!) East Dean to Seaford, I’m leading this for the South Bank Ramblers on June 8th. Please see Up and coming walks page for details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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