Ah, the fickle English weather. Yesterday has wet and miserable and today is sunny and bright! This was good news as it allowed us to get out and explore more of the amazing Dorset coastline.
We headed off to Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. The intention had been to drive from one to the other but when we discovered that Lulworth was only a mile walk from the Durdle Door car park we decided to do that instead. It was a reasonably steep but flat walk down to Lulworth. I tried not to think too much about the return journey!
Given that it is October there were still quite a few people around and the car parks at both ends were pretty busy by the time we returned to Durdle Door. I cannot imagine just what it must be like here during the height of the summer when everyone descends on the beaches. Today, however, was perfectly quiet.
We drove on from the beauty that is Durdle Door to West Bay which really was another throwback to my childhood. We visited there on many occasions while on trips to my grandparents. Strange thing was that I didn’t recognise it at all and it does have a pretty distinctive harbour so maybe there is another side to it that we missed.
We were really only in West Bay as a stopping off point as it is close to a friend that we were visiting in the afternoon. He and his wife had moved down from Reading to a house over looking Chesil Beach. It was an idyllic spot as we sat there in the afternoon sun eating scones with all the trimmings.
And that was the end of our Dorset adventure. We had been intending to go back inside Corfe Castle tomorrow morning but I received this notification from the National Trust informing me that wasn’t going to be possible due to Storm Alex (have we had 26 storms this year already?).
I’d forgotten just how beautiful the English countryside and particularly the coast can be and if you could guarantee the weather I could see us coming down much more often.