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 and that it isn’t as steep as The Seven Sisters.  They were wrong, it was every bit as challenging if not more so. In fact, it was absolutely a difficult climb.

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, alert to the sounds of; owls, cuckoos, giggles, and snoring. When failing to sleep, it is recommended to try reading. This proved to be futile. This was May! springtime and too cold to keep my face and hands out of the sleeping bag. 

One of the groups 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, and could not justify spending money when the aim was to raise funds for a needy charity. I  managed to raise £550.00 for War Child already, so sleeping in a tent with all my clothes on including a hat and gloves was only for two nights. I wasn’t a refugee and would go back to my flat in London afterwards. It is a bit of a humbling experience. I’m not a camper at the best of times so was putting myself out there. It might have been more fun, had I roped someone else into this, but too late for regrets.

 

 

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

It wasn’t as tough as I thought and gathered my thoughts to remind myself that my latest spurt of jogging around Brockwell Park had made me stronger.  As well as my recent hike from Eastbourne to Seaford the week before. That I did alone under the duress of hail and wind! 

New pastures

There were a lot of places and names new to me, such as Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. we visited both over two days. As well 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 of steep climbs kept me focused on doing the walk.! I need to visit places a few times to really get to know them.

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

Organised the camping and the walk. DA as they were known to the travellers, they 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, in that, the Charity War Child had to pay some of the funds to the DA. I get it but I was a bit perplexed as the money is really needed by the charity.. At lease it raises awareness. Although it did seem odd for me doing this while other people camping were just there for a get-together/holiday. that was my fault as i hadn’t done my research. Like a lot of activities I occasionally get involved iwth. Jumping in feet first usually means, it happens, and then there is no chance to back out.

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, taking 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.

As I was made aware of some of the funds went to the organisers, I couldn’t have done without them.

Everyone was extra friendly, and it was just like going out walking with any group. I forgot to take my War Child Teeshirt, for the publicity shot. 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.org 

My next walk is  (Yes again!!) East Dean to Seaford, I’m leading this for the South Bank Ramblers on June 8th. more blogs and walks from 2018 here check out my archives on the home page.

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