Studland and Old Harry

Sunday 11 September 2016. Josephine and Amanda travelled down to join me on Friday and Karen arrived today. It poured with rain all of yesterday morning but cleared by mid-afternoon just leaving us with enough time for a 4.4 mile walk around the nearby RSPB reserve at Arne.

It was a chilly but sunny start to Sunday and the day only got better. We went back to Studland to do a different walk but taking in the Agglestone Rock along the way where we stopped for coffee. Ou next objective was Ballard Down and a walk of nearly two miles heading towards the sea. There were views down to Swanage to our left, straight ahead was the Isle of Wight and to our right was Studland Bay, Poole Harbour and Bournemouth. We stopped for lunch looking out to sea before descending to the cliffs at Old Harry. These are spectacular and vertigo inducing with a huge drop down to the sea.

Our plan to walk on the beach back to the car was thwarted by the tide which would have meant a paddle around Redend Point. Although it added some distance I felt it was safer to retrace our steps and to take the road to Middle Beach for a welcome cup of tea at the beach cafe. Amanda got her wish and was able to walk bare-foot along the sea-shore from here back to the car. The walk was a little longer than planned at 8 miles with just over 1,000ft of ascent.




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