My last full day in Dorset.
I had decided that after my day of walking to Hardy’s Cottage and back it would be wise to plan a less energetic day in case I was feeling tired.
I decided that I would go to the coast and had been trying to choose between Bridport and Lyme Regis but in the end I decided to go to Charmouth as it looked to be a smaller quieter place.
I caught the bus and had a pleasant ride through the Dorset countryside.
Then a gentle walk down to the beach. I went and had a look round the study centre and them ambled out onto the beach itself.
I felt obliged to hunt for fossils though I didn’t really expect to find any as there seemed to be regular organised fossil hunts.
However I already have a couple of fossilised shells that I collected sometime in my late teens. Not sure from where.
But I took a photograph of the grey crumbling cliffs. It looked as if a little stream ran down here.
I also took some photographs of interesting rocks. (I often do this when I go to a beach). and and this pile someone had made.
Having clambered over the rocks at the far end of the beach I walked back to look for something to eat. There was a cafe that sold some savoury items and I settled on a pasty which I ate sitting on the other side of the beach on the stones in front of the beach huts.
As you can see from the photographs is was a very hot sunny day and I longed for a bit of shade but having decided that there wasn’t any I decided to buy an ice cream and catch the bus back to Dorchester.
Last week on what was the hottest June day for forty years I went to another beach that I must say I enjoyed a lot more. It is also a ‘Dorset’ beach though when I moved into the area it was in Hampshire.
It is my favourite ‘day trip’ beach.
To me it is quite ideal. There is a café
(though not a restaurant so I generally take some cheese and biscuits and a piece of fruit,) up on the cliffs set in the grounds of Highcliffe castle.
The trees and bushes create a pleasant backdrop to the beach which has sand, if you want to make castles, but also pebbles that you can sit on not to get your towel too sandy. The beach is ever so clean and so is the water.
And when you have had enough sun you can go up and find some shade and sit and look at the sea. It is the addition of this shade that makes it so ideal.
I get there by catching the train to Hinton Admiral and I was pleased to find that about two thirds of the walk to the beach was also shady. I can’t stand too much sun now I am older.