The weather took an unexpected turn for the better this week, and considering it’s late October, we were walking around in t-shirts some of the time. Hubby had an unexpected day off so we decided to go and explore a little bit of the countryside. Wanting to take Lola with us, we researched some local dog friendly beaches, and set off to explore Durdle Door beach. Miss A had been completing a project on the Jurassic Coast last term at school, so she was very excited to see Durdle Door in person rather than just the pictures she had been used to.
Once we parked, we saw how amazing the views really were. Being such a nice day, and despite a little haze on the horizon, you could see for miles. We started the descent down to Durdle Door beach. It’s quite steep to go down to start with before it levels off and then becomes rocky and steep again. It’s probably not a visit for less abled people which is a shame.
You have the choice of going down to the west beach where you can see the door rock formations, or the east side which is a little bigger. We opted for the east as the path was smoother with steps going down. To get down to the west side was a little more natural and we weren’t sure if we’d make it down with the dog.
The beauty of Durdle Door beach was that Lola couldn’t really get into too much mischief off the lead. We did manage to lose a frisbee in the sea as she didn’t seem to want to have a swim, but she enjoyed catching a ball and dipping her feet in. There was quite a lot of other dogs around, so we have to be a little more controlled. I didn’t realise it would be so busy, but I guess with the weather so warm, everyone was out.
Miss A did some exploring, looking for some fossils, and attempting skimming of stones. We had a little explore of the beach and more looking at the stunning views before making the big walk back up. It’s a steep hill going up and down and all our hearts were pumping when we made it back to the car.
I have been exploring a lot more of the south-west coastal path since I signed up to walk 22 miles in aid of Macmillan Cancer in July 2017. Dorset is a beautiful place to visit.