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Saturday, 26 June 2010

South West Coast Path - Swanage to South Haven Point

This was the ninth stage of 10 days walk along the Jurassic Coast section of the South West Coast Footpath between Exmouth and Poole. Sadly the tenth day would not happen as that was to be the walk through the military range and the bus to the start (Wilts and Dorset Service 40) did not start running until 23rd July :( never mind - another day.

Date of Walk: 2010-06-26

Start point: Swanage railway station

End Point: South Haven Point

Start Time:10:30

End time: 17:30

Distance: 12 miles

Walkers: Griffmonster, Kat

Weather conditions: Bright sunshine and very warm but with rolling sea mist in parts

Path taken: Followed the South West Coasstal Footpath.


Notes:The walk began with a climb up to Old Harrys rocks which was a well worth witnessing. From here there was views across to the Isle of Wight, Bournemouth and Poole. By the time we got down to Studland sea mist was rolling over Old Harry. A very mysterious sight. From studland the walk takes to the beach and goes through a nudist section which was positively heaving with people of both the naked and semi naked varieties. It was funny to see an angler casting his line to the sea with his tackle out for all to see. Makes me wonder if there is a gap in the market to cater for the naked angler. And there we go, Exmouth to Poole section complete, apart from the military range at Lulworth which will have to wait for another time.

Equipment: 40L rucksack as a daypack - Panasonic camera 

Accommodation: Toms Field, Langton Matravers ( - a superb little camp site (no caravans allowed). It is run on a first come first served basis so get there early. We arrived at 10:00 Friday morning and by lunchtime most the pitches were taken. Well recommended if you can get on!

Public transport: Wils and Doreset Service 40 Swanage to Langton Matravers return; 150 service South Haven Point to Swanage


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Last Updated: 2014-01-02Z


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