19. Lulworth Cove to Weymouth

I parked my car at Ferrybridge, close to the road that leads out towards Portland. I am using my moped  again and drive the little two-wheeler back through Weymouth and along the coast road to Lulworth. Its free to park the bike and I leave it chained up in the corner of the car park – I’ll be back for it later.

Today was a sunny and dry day, except that it was very, very windy which was onshore. I set off on the really well made path that runs along the chalk cliffs towards Durdle Door. I pass over Hambury Tout and join the roller-coaster up and down of the SWCP along the chalk cliff tops. I drop down and pass the small arch that is Durdle Door and continue over Swyre Head and down to Middle Bottom. At White Nothe I descend from the chalk cliffs which begin to disappear under more recent strata. I pass the old Coastguard cottages  and continue past Burning Cliff, no longer burning thankfully. I can see Weymouth quite easily now.

At Osmington Mills I stop for a pint at the quaint thatched roof in called the Smugglers Arms, one of many such named in the area. Soon after the path joins the A353 and I begin to walk along the long sweeping seawall, that leads right into Weymouth. Weymouth is very busy and is somewhat sheltered from the ferocious wind that I had been expereiencing on the higher downs. I decide to get some fish and chips, which were not bad, but I’ve tasted better. I continue past the ferry terminal and cross over the harbour bridge. I walk around Nothe Point and the Fort. Passing the Bincleaves Groyne I continue along suburban streets until I emerge at Ferry Bridge.

Heading towards Hambury Tout on the well made path
Looking back at Lulworth Cove
Weymouth in the far distance
Durdle Door
Looking back
Time for a pint at The Smugglers Inn
Landslip near Osmington
Heading into Weymouth
Channel Islands Ferry berthed in Weymouth

Distance today = 14 miles
Total distance =   296 miles



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