I took a chance on the weather this week. Expecting bitter cold and a sea whipped up by February winds but no rain I headed for Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door on the Dorset Jurassic Coast. Well rugged up, I walked the famous cliffs tops in surprisingly calm, quiet conditions helped by being one of only six cars in a football sized carpark.
Durdle Door never fails to impress. The scale of this massive arch stepping into the sea is simply breathtaking.
Then along to towards Lulworth Cove passing a few dog walkers and a digger repairing the damage of the well eroded paths, evidence again of the numbers of visitors that must tread this piece of coastline every year.
I stopped at Stair Hole fascinated by the crumpled bands of rocks representing millennia of years of formation processes; lifting, depositing, eroding, tectonic plates pushing and shoving. And weaving in and out, a soft turquoise sea. Have a look at http://www.jurassiccoast.org for excellent detailed explanations of the coastline.
Spotted a pretty stonechat on the grass on the homeward turn and sat on a bench to take in the unexpected tranquility of the view before a group of 20 teenagers equipped with cell phones and fashion footwear trailed past following a teacher shouting to no one in particular and waving an arm towards a distant Chesil beach “……and that, girls, is a Tombolo”!
Work has commenced on the artwork for the Dorset Coast mug!