Walktober – coastal path

          Robin, over at “Breezes at Dawn“, hosts Walktober each year, I’ve missed the last couple of years, but quite by chance I found myself in the right place at the right time to find her Walktober post again this year.

          Every year Robin invites you to go for a walk wherever your world takes you and write a blog post about it. Then, everyone who has written their post leaves a link with Robin and she gathers them all together in one post so that we can stroll along with each other, often in what seems to be a very different world.

          For my walk this year I’ve chosen a section of the South Coastal path, the part which is to be found between Weymouth and Lulworth Cove. However, there is a twist, we’re not going to walk, we’re going to follow the coast on a boat ride.

          I’m afraid I’ve used a little poetic licence on the date too, I’m taking you back to the end of July … The water is beautifully calm, the weather is amazing, (don’t forget your suncream), and although there’s practically no breeze at all in the harbour, you might need to hold onto your hat as we move faster out in free water.

          We’ve arrived early and found ourselves a good seat, we’re at the back of the boat, we won’t get the first sighting of where we’re going, but we’ve got a panoramic view of where we’ve been, perfect for the camera. Anything we miss on the way out, we’ll just sit tight and catch the views on the way back.

          As we head out of the harbour you can see the “Town Bridge” in the distance, we walked over it in a previous Walktober, the bridge lifts up to let the taller boats in and out of the marina, I don’t think I’ll ever get fed up of watching it open.

          On our right as we leave we’ll pass Custom House Quay …

          And on our left you’ll see Nothe Fort above you, hiding “Nothe Gardens” behind it…

          Just past the harbour wall you can see the whole of Weymouth Bay stretched out before you …

          And as we pass stone pier on our left, we head out towards the open sea and this is the skipper’s cue to pick up speed and leave the white horse waves behind us …

          Sit back and enjoy the sunshine with the wind in your hair and I’ll tell you a little about our ride …

          We’re riding the waves on board the Tango, an orange boat as is suggested by its name, which for me makes the ride even more enjoyable. To be fair, I don’t know much about our ride, but I do know that it’s been part of Weymouth harbour since a time when I was just a visitor, a “Grockle“, and actually living at my seaside was just a pipe dream….

          It’s been in Weymouth harbour for long enough to be featured in the “Jigsaw” bought for me by Eldest Daughter and Son-in-law for my first birthday here.

          Since the beginning of covid, Weymouth has had some very unusual visitors staying with us, if we had been sitting at the front of the front of the boat we would have seen these visitors from a distance before we had even left the harbour, but to turn around now and to see it up close is just awesome …

          The little boat next to the cruise ship is about the same size as ours, and is easily dwarfed by this, the Ventura, which in turn would have been dwarfed by the QE2 when she visited.

          The cruise companies ground to a halt through the pandemic and found safe places like Weymouth Bay to drop anchor and wait out the storm. At some points through the summer, as many as nine cruise ships could be seen along our bit of coast. As much as its really great to see life in general heading back in a normal direction, I for one, will miss them when the last few finally move on.

          Turning our gaze away from our cruising companions and back towards the coast, the path we would be walking along rises and falls as it negotiates the white cliffs and hidden coves below.

          The boat slows and we have our view of the crowds on the beach enjoying the sunshine …

          I’ve seen Durdle Door many times from the beach below, or from the cliffs above, but never from this angle before …

          After a short stop for the photographers on board we carried on at a slower pace. The coast path goes up and over from the carpark at Durdle Door to the carpark at Lulworth Cove, both of which, incidentally, share the time you pay for one carpark ticket. We, on the other hand, are going to hug the coast in our little orange boat and head off past the man o’war beach on the other side of the door .

          Looking down from the cliffs above you can access the window via a very steep scramble, but I’m pretty sure I’ve caught the other side of the window in this next picture….

          Before long we reach the destination of our boat trip, Lulworth Cove. ….

          I haven’t walked from one beauty spot to the other over the path yet, but I have wandered down through the pretty street from the carpark….

          Obviously, in the height of summer, both beauty spots have been commercialised for the inevitable holiday makers, but if you get a nice day off season I would highly recommend them….

          I hope you enjoyed the alternative view of this part of the South Coastal path. I’ve taken all the photos I need on the way so I’m going to put away the camera and just enjoy the trip back….

          More from before : discovering “Durdle Door” and “Lulworth Cove“.

20 thoughts on “Walktober – coastal path

  1. Hi Sallyann. What a lovely post and I can see that you really are enjoying living at the seaside. It wasn’t until I read an earlier post on walktober that I realised how long you had been there. Also it’s quite scary to think how long it is since we met up in Oxford all those years ago. I hope you’re all well, including that snake. Take care

    • Hi Judith, lovely to hear from you. We’ve been her long enough to feel quite comfortable wasting a warm summer’s day doing nothing in particular at home… But not long enough for the tourist attractions to have lost their sparkle. 😊
      The time when I joined you in Oxford on your adventures seems like almost another lifetime now… But I can still remember laughing and laughing about a giraffe? But I can’t remember the joke anymore. 😂

  2. Thank you, Sallyann, for joining in again. It’s wonderful to see you and to have a chance to look at all your beautiful scenery. I don’t know how I lost touch with your blog. I’ll have to check on that. 🙂

    • Thanks for still hosting Walktober Robin… Life got in the way of living for a while there, I think it was just a case of battening down the hatches and hold on to whatever sanity was left. All of the sudden its nearly two years later. 😊
      I’ll never be able to catch up on all the blogs, so I’m just starting afresh.
      Perfect timing to catch Walktober though. 😊 😊 😊

  3. Sallyann, what beautiful photos! I am glad you shared your Walktober post. I had to look up where you live–looks like it’s in England. (Maybe you said so and I didn’t catch it.) I’ll bet you will miss the cruise ships pausing in the harbor. May covid cruise away…and stay far out to sea. 🙂

    • I love a boat ride too Dawn, everytime we go abroad near the coast, we always factor in a boat ride somehow, it seems so silly that it’s taken us so many years to go on one at our own seaside. 😊

  4. What a beautiful seaside trip at the height of summer that was! The colour of the water is gorgeous and those white cliffs can only be best seen from the water. I’m amazed at how big cruise ships are – wow.
    Thanks for sharing your excursion, Sallyann. 🙂

    • Glad you enjoyed the trip Eliza, we were really lucky with the weather… And the trip was perfect. We even spotted dolphins on the way back, but that’s a post to follow in a day or two. 😊

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