Today we walked to Lulworth Cove - the last day of our walk in on the
Dorset Coast. It had rained in the night and thundery rain and flooding
was predicted for the area today on the BBC - however, the weather was
good - lots of clouds flying by from the south west with the occasional
sunny break - but no rain at all.On the advice of our guidebook, we
took a taxi to Osmington about 4 miles east of Weymouth. The path was
a bit wet - but very few puddles. The taxi driver told us that there
was very little employment in Weymouth because the navy had pulled out
and the major clothing manufacturer had moved to the midlands because
of transportation costs. So the area is quite depressed. One thing they
do have is lots of tourists all year long - including special
"Christmas parties" for seniors groups who come for a weekend in
November and are served traditional Christmas, St. Stevens Day and New
Year's Day meals.
We walked through a number of pastures with lots of cows - going down
toward the sea at Osmington Mills. At the bottom was the Smugglers Inn
- where people used to smuggle brandy, baccy and lace from Europe.
As we were walking along, we met Gunther, the young man from Austria we
had met on our way to Beer. We had a chat and then decided to walk
together to Lulworth Cove. We enjoyed sharing experiences of the walk
with him. He had walked much further than us and had done part of the
South West Coast Path last year.
The most challenging parts of the path were the two chalk cliffs before
the Durdle Door. The path went up the grassy hillside very steeply and
then down again even more steeply. There was no opportunity to zigzag
down because the grass was quite long. However we made it safely up and
down both hills. It was quite a feat because there were points where we
were quite close to the cliff edge. Because we took our time and
because Gunther lent me his walking poles my knees were fine. However,
for some reason I developed another blister. Now I have one on each
foot. Next trip we will take our proper hiking boots - even if it does
mean wearing them on the plane.
There were some other walkers on the path but once we got to the Durdle
Door, there were lots of other people who had walked up from Lulworth
Cove - including a large school group. The Durdle Door is a sea arch
offshore. It is very interesting and worth looking up on the internet.
"Durdle" comes from the Anglo Saxon word "thurle" which means opening.
After the Durdle Door, we came to Lulworth which is a lovely round cove
cut into the coastline, with a few fish boats and small pleasure craft
anchored in it. We have seen many boats on this trip and a lot of them
look a lot like Albins - about the same size and shape. We have not
seen the enormous cruisers and sailboats that we we saw in Desolation
Sound and the Gulf Islands this summer.
Tonight we are staying in a nice B&B across from the mill pond and not
far from the cove. We had an excellent dinner of bream (small fish with
white meat), new potatoes and veg. There is no internet connection in
our room and no cell reception so we cannot use our dongle - but
hopefully we will be able to send this from the hotspot in the
downstairs lounge. We walked about 17 km today - a pleasant distance
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