This is the official end of the Southwest Coast Path. It was another long day but much easier walking. We began at St Aldhelm’s Chapel, which is 800 years old. Then we walked past “Old Harry’s”- an iconic rock formation, and finally along a 4 mile beach to the end of the path. It always feels surreal when we finish a long walk, and this one was especially challenging. In total we walked about 400 miles of the 630 mile path. We’re already talking about coming back and completing it, just not sure when. For now, I’m just glad to rest for a few days.
Saturday, May 19, 2018
This was a long day with over 3500 feet of climbing. There were five major climbs during the day and the last one killed Elise’s knees. The problem is that the paths go straight up and straight down. Despite the difficulty, the views were some of the best we’ve seen on the entire walk. Tomorrow is our last day as we walk into Poole, the official end of the Southwest Coast Path. It is hard to belive I started almost 5 weeks ago and have completed 400 miles. I can truly say this has been one of the most challenging walks I’ve ever attempted and also one of the most rewarding. It will be bittersweet to see it come to an end.
Friday, May 18, 2018
This is the famous formation called Durdle’s Door
After a day of walking on beaches and pastures we were back on the cliff tops today struggling up and down steep terrain. Michelle, Cyril's wife, joined us for the final three days of walking. The weather is glorious and the scenery is still stunning. We have two more challenging days of walking before we reach the official end in Poole.
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Our walk today was along the largest salt water lagoons in England.
After the rain yesterday, today was perfect...the sun came out and it was in the 50’s and low 60’s all day. We have left the cliff paths and now we are walking along pastures and farm land. We finally have a respite from all the climbing. I have included a photo from the church in Abbotsbury, Elise in a state of joy, and the “Oreo Cookie” cows called Belted Galloways.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
We walked from the town of Bridport over cliff tops, along beaches, then up to the high ridge over the site of an ancient castle and finally down to the idyllic village of Abbotsbury. Although overcast it was nice walking weather until the rain and wind finally moved in and made walking more challenging. Our walk took us over a long beach made of deep small pebbles- something we’ve never walked on before. It was like slogging through deep mud for over a mile.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
The Golden Cap- the highest point on the Southwest Coast
We left Lyme Regis this morning with five major climbs on the itinerary including a climb to the highest cliff on the Southwest Coast. I have included a photo of Elise with Cyril our friend we hiked the Tour de Mont Blanc with. He joined us in Exmouth. Also, there is a photo of West Bay where the series Broadchurch is filmed.
Monday, May 14, 2018
We are now walking the Jurassic Coast and what a difference.
We stayed in the little village of Beer last night and today walked through the “undercliff “ to Lyme Regis. It is one of the most unusual and interesting walks of the entire coast...covered in vegetation and almost like a rain forest. We loved it. Then we walked into Lyme Regis with its famous Cobb (featured in an old film with Meryl Streep called The French Lieutenant’s Woman.). It is a structure built to protect the harbor. I have included a picture of the two of us standing on the Cobb. It was bright, sunny and even hot...what a delightful change.