Dorset coast ~ Durdle Door and Chapman's Pool
Saturday 21 January 2017
One of the reasons I love the Dorset coastline is because it varies so much in such a short distance. As well as this geological change, on this trip the weather was dramatically different on the two days.
It had been many years since I had visited the magnificent Durdle Door. I wanted to approach from the west, the opposite direction to the easy way from West Lulworth I took on my previous visit. Coming in from an unusual direction also gave me a chance of getting a slightly different perspective on a very well photographed landscape.
Unusually for the coast, there's an obvious round trip starting at West Lulworth and heading west a little inland from the coastpath. We turned around at Ringstead (although there are shorter options) and walked back along the coastpath, timing our arrival at Durdle Door for sunset. A glorious place to end the day!
A few miles east of Durdle Door the landscape changes considerably. Today the sunshine was gone too, with an overcast day that was not so obviously suitable for photography. But it's still a beautiful part of the world even when grey and cold, so I kept striving to capture some of that beauty.
We parked in Kingston and headed south towards Chapman's Pool, a small bay which I'd not visited before. Turning east along the coastpath we went past St Aldhelm's Head before turning inland at Winspit. After Worth Matravers we took the Purbeck Way, enjoying distant views of the magnificent Corfe Castle. As with Durdle Door, this was seeking out a different viewpoint on a much photographed area. From this angle, the castle's strategic positioning is obvious, perfectly placed in the gap in the hills.
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