Category Archives: 08 Dorset

83. Charmouth to Lyme Regis

I have been unwell and am irritated when the walk follows a busy road. Coastal walking? Miles from the sea? Bah humbug. Not a good start.
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82. Cogden Beach to Charmouth

I can see a wide bay with high cliffs and lower land beyond. It is too hazy to make out details but I think Lyme Regis lie behind the largest promontory. And is that Exmouth in the far distance? I wonder how difficult the walk is going to be.
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81. East Fleet to Cogden Beach

From the shore I can see across to Chesil Beach. The tide is high and Fleet lagoon is full of water. On the shingle bank I can see fishing huts and the checkpoint for the firing range. Is that a red flag flying?

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80. Chesil Beach to Fleet

The car in front has a sticker in the rear window that reads “Keep Portland weird”. I do hope the upcoming Olympics leaves this strange little area of Dorset with its character unspoilt. I am walking north west, alongside the incredible Chesil Beach. Continue reading

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79 Portland Bill and Chesil Beach

The highlight of the walk is the spectacular view. Ahead is the mighty sweeping curve of Chesil Beach. Ten miles of shingle bank, the distant end lost in the blue haze of the horizon.
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78. Weymouth to Portland

Portland: I end up in a stony wasteland. There are old fortifications, ruins, a rock strewn landscape, quarry workings and a brooding bulk of a young offenders institute in the distance.
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77. Lulworth Cove to Weymouth

I start walking from beautiful Lulworth Cove. I see a sinister wreck and some amazing fossils. Dogs growl at me and I pass by a hang glider in distress. Continue reading

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76. Tyneham to Lulworth Cove

Today I have a homemade walking pole. I reach a section where the cliff has crumbled away. Exposed below are ledges with strange rock formations. I realise I have reached the famous Fossil Forest. Continue reading

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75. Chapman’s Pool to Tyneham

Across crumbling clifs, above wild beaches and deserted coves, the path roller-coasters along.. and is graded as challenging. Am I up to it?

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74. Durlston Head to Chapman’s Pool

For some reason, I am feeling anxious about the walk today. I am unfit. Everyone has told me how rugged and difficult this section of the South West Coast Path is. Will I survive? Continue reading

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