A two day walk (part 2)

Wednesday 13th May 2015

So, back to our wedding anniversary. I had taken Max to the river in the morning, then come home, had lunch, cleaned the bathrooms and vacuumed. After that it was time for Chris, Jez, Max and I to pile in the car and head out to my chosen destination: Kimmeridge Bay. Kimmeridge Bay lies to the west of Swanage on the Jurassic Coast. Getting there involves a drive down very narrow country lanes in the Purbeck Hills followed by a £5 car park fee! In the summer it gets really busy, but this afternoon there were very few people there.

Here are Chris and the dogs on the beach.

Chris with the dogs

Those rocks are great for rock pooling at low tide. Dorset Wildlife Trust have a marine centre here and, in the summer, run glass bottomed kayak safaris in the bay. Max just wanted to play cone in the sea though.

Max waits for his cone to be thrown

Meanwhile, Jez has spotted something above the cliff.

Jez has spotted a crow flying above the cliffs

Looking east from the beach you can see the marine centre and Clavell Tower, a 19th century folly which was moved, brick by brick 25m back from the edge of the cliff by the Landmark Trust 7-8 years ago.

Clavell Tower

And what I bought Chris here to see is here because of the Landmark Trust. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Trust and to mark the occasion the sculptor, Anthony Gormley, has created an installation called Land. This is a series of sculptures at 5 location next to water in the UK. There is information on the installation here: http://www.landmarktrust.org.uk/news-and-events/50th-anniversary/land/

Anyway, Chris likes Anthony Gormley (especially Another Place at Crosby, near Liverpool), and didn’t know the statue was here (it is very recent). So it was a nice surprise for him.

Land, by Anthony Gormley

The only problem was that it was high tide so we couldn’t get down too close. Here is another shot for you.

Land, by Anthony Gormley

The land mass you can just make out on the horizon is Portland Bill, by the way.

I’ll leave you with a couple more photos, the first one being of Kimmeridge Bay.

Kimmeridge Bay

And lastly – Max has lost his cone again.

Max has lost his cone again

We came home and had a Thai take away for dinner, washed down with a bottle of champagne. All in all it had been a lovely day.


A walk around ‘Broadchurch’

Tuesday 14th October 2014 (Part 2)

So we had our lunch and a short rest and then mid-afternoon we walked down to the harbour and beach at ‘Broadchurch’, aka West Bay. I took loads of photos – far too many to share here – so I’m going to select a few for you. As I said previously, if you want to see all of them then please click on my Flickr stream to the right of the page and it will take you to my Flickr account where you can look through them all.

This is a view across the original harbour.

The harbout, West Bay, Dorset

A different view across the harbour, together with the fishing boats.

West Bay Harbour

Time for a snack.

Snack time

The new pontoons at the harbour end of the new Jurassic Pier.

New ponttons under black skies

Beachside cottages.

Beachside cottages

The cottages from a slightly different angle.

Hiding behind the beach

Those famous cliffs.

The cliffs at West Bay, Dorset

The west beach.

West Bay

Heading back to the caravan.

Parkdean Caravan Park

And finally, this is where we were staying.

The caravan we stayed in

There will be more holiday adventures and photos tomorrow.

Langdon Wood and Seatown

Tuesday 14th October (Part 1)

Today was the first day of our holiday. It didn’t start that well: Max couldn’t settle and kept me awake for a large part of the night, plus the bed was extremely uncomfortable (which was a shame as the rest of the caravan was really nice). In the morning Max and I were joined by both Chris and Jez, so it was all a bit of a squash.

This bed isn't quite big enough for all of us

As you may guess from the ‘Part 1’ above, I am posting today’s photos over two entries due to the fact that there are so many photos. Even so I will only include a selection. You can see the remainder by clicking on any of the photos in the Flickr stream to the right and going on over to my Flickr account.

Before we left home I had looked out a couple of walks to do with the dogs, bearing in mind that Jez can’t walk too far and Max is still carrying his cruciate injury. The first of these was Langdon Wood, which is a wooded hill above the village of Chideok and forms part of the National Trust Golden Cap estate. After all the rain yesterday I was expecting it to be really wet, but the path was surprisingly dry. And we had the good fortune to get occasional glimpses of sunlight. Here are Chris and the dogs heading along the main path out of the car park.

Walking around Landgon Wood

A little bit further along, this was the view over Chideok.

Chideok from Langdon Wood

And the view out to sea.

View from Langdon Wood

I really liked the light for that one.

As we walked on around the hill we were treated to views over Golden Cap. That’s Lyme Regis you can see in the distance across the bay.

Golden Cap

I was right about the distance for the walk – it was just right for the dogs, although we did take the slightly shorter of two paths around the hill. After the rain Max was pretty dirty so on the way back to the caravan I turned off in Chideok and headed down to the little hamlet of Seatown, which basically seems to be a hamlet with a pub on the edge of the beach which charges far too much money to use their car park off-season.

Seatown, Dorset

Here’s Chris and the dogs on the beach.

Chris, Jez and Max at Seatown

This was the little stream that ran between the pub and the car park before flowing into the sea. I love the way the sky is reflected in in.

Seatown, Dorset

And lastly, one of the cottages close to the beach.

Cottage, Seatown, Dorset

After Seatown we went back to West Bay where we bought rolls for lunch. We then spent a relaxing couple of hours in the caravan before leaving for our afternoon walk which will follow in part 2.

A year ago today

We met some of doggie friends on Upton Heath. Sadly, Cindy, the lurcher on the far right, died a couple of weeks ago. Coincidentally, she was taken ill at the end of a holiday in West Bay.

We were joined by Janet with Oakley and Cindy