Monday 12 September 2016. When staying in the area a visit to Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door is almost obligatory. There was a full complement today, Amanda, Josephine, Karen and me. We arrived at Lulworth Cove at around 10:30am to find that the main car park was almost full and a long crocodile of walkers making their way up the side of Hambury Tout on the way to Durdle Door. We had a walk into the village to view Lulworth Cove before joining the throng on our way to Durdle Door. There was an initial gentle climb of just over 400ft to the top of Hambury Tout before dropping 250ft to view Durdle Door. The ups and downs were to be a theme for the day. It was 11:30 by the time we got to Durdle Door and a coffee stop was much-needed.
Leaving Durdle Door behind us we then descended to Scratchy Bottom before making the incredibly step climb of 230ft up Swyre Head. It was then down 200ft before regaining this height on the next hill. A final climb of over 400ft took us to the turning point on this walk. Karen and I went on to explore White Nothe although, in truth, there wasn’t a great deal to see other than views down to Ringstead where I walked last week.
The return leg of this walk was less taxing with no major ups and downs as the path followed a high level route back to Lulworth Cove for a well deserved cup of tea. The walk was just over 8 miles with a total ascent of 1,900ft.