Feel like fleeing the crowds summer? Then it’s good to know you don’t have to head thousands of miles away to find your escape. If you want to leave the crowds behind and enjoy an active holiday in a beautiful part of the English countryside, why not spend a few days along the Jurassic Coast in Dorset? It’s perfect for those who like a walk with plenty of fabulous scenery to reward their efforts.
After finishing with all my exams I have decided to pack my REISS x STREAMLINE luggage and leave to Dorset for 3 days which was only 2 hours away from London.
Here’s an outline of a three days hike along a particularly scenic section of the South West Coastal Path that allows you to indulge in good food and burn off the calories as you walk.
DAY 1 : LONDON TO BOURNEMOUTH
If one thing has shaped Bournemouth it’s the beach. This glorious, 7-mile strip of soft sand first drew holiday-makers in the Victorian days.
Bournemouth is more than just a full-on party town. It also boasts some hip hideaways, great restaurants, tempting water sports, and in Boscombe, two miles east of the centre, a suburb with a cool urban-surfer vibe. I have had one of the best and freshest oysters and scallops meal at the West-Beach restaurant, situated just meters from the beach and Bournemouth pier. For dinner we did a barbecue with fresh fish from the market on the beach and enjoyed the beautiful weather and sunset.
DAY 2 : BOURNEMOUTH TO LULWORTH COVE
In the morning we took the earliest train from Bournemouth and went to Wool station which takes around 1 hour. From the station we took a cab, which took us straight to Lulworth Cove in around, 10 minutes driving distance. A mile or so before reaching Lulworth you’ll see the impressive sight of Durdle Door, a natural limestone arch jutting out into the English Channel. The favoured backdrop of most Dorset calendars and posters, it can boast a starring role in several major movies as well as music videos by Cliff Richard (Saviour’s Day), Billy Ocean (Lover Boy) and Tears for Fears (Shout).
We have spent the whole day climbing the coast, took pictures. We tried to get into the water but it was too cold for a swim so we had instead beers and snacks on the beach . For dinner we had steaks, salads and pasta at Dandelion Bistro at Lulworth Mill House.
DAY 3 : LULWORTH COVE TO CORFE CASTLE ( 10 MILES)
If you thought the second day’s scenery was good, the third day offers even more outstanding coastal views. The climbs are as steep if not steeper, but the paths are good and the views at the crest of each cliff top do provide ample reward for the effort. And of course you’ll probably be walking off a full English breakfast. Bring water and snacks as there are no pubs along this section of the walk. We stopped by at the Fossil Forest just beyond the cove to explore a little more about the geology of the Jurassic Coast. From Tyneham we headed up to walk along the ridge of the Pirbeck Hills towards the lovely town of Corfe Castle, our final stop. Dominated by its ruined castle (well worth a visit if you still have the energy) it has a generous selection of pubs, restaurants, cafes and ice creams.