Posted by: sunshack | July 20, 2013

Straight on for Scratchy Bottom

What a great name!

What a great name!

Durdle Door on Jurassic Coast, Dorset

Durdle Door on Jurassic Coast, Dorset

Of course the real pull of the Jurassic Coast is Durdle Door, which fully lives up to it’s media hype. Simply stunning! The folks that climb up onto the arch and jump off, are nuts!

The walking route along the cliffs is quite straightforward, and steep in places.

Coastal Path Dorset

Coastal Path Dorset

Going close to the edge of the cliffs is worth avoiding, and there are a number of route diversions, to avoid coastal erosion.

Cliff Erosion on Jurassic Coast

Cliff Erosion on Jurassic Coast

The route down the Smugglers Path has a 45 degree section, which is grassy and can be very slippery.

Smugglers Path-Jurassic Coast

Smugglers Path-Jurassic Coast

Onwards towards Lulworth Cove along the South West Coastal Path, a small deviation took us across some fields to look at some Stone Sculptures by Peter Randall-Page on the Ridgeway Path.

Field Sculpture on Jurassic Coast

Field Sculpture on Jurassic Coast

It was about this time on the Hike, that we found we were knee deep in Adder country! Started making more noise as we moved through longer grass!

Very Photogenic Lambs!

Very Photogenic Lambs!

Lots of Sheep and Cows roaming on these hills. The Cows were quite skittish, the Sheep were cute! Next stop was down to Stair Hole.

Stair Hole

Steep path down, which is full of holes, so be careful!

Final stop of the day was the famous Lulworth Cove, the harbour was pretty busy with day trippers. There was a dive boat on the Beach landing many bags of Scallops.

Scallops at Lulworth Cove

Scallops at Lulworth Cove

Lulworth Cove

Lulworth Cove

Lulworth Cove is very photogenic, and there are quite a few places to eat and drink, once you arrive. On the Coastal Path it’s worth carrying plenty of water, as it’s breezy on top of the cliffs, and easy to get thirsty! It’s a shame that beyond Lulworth Cove, the coastal route appears to only open at weekends, as it’s on a Military firing range.

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