Swanage and beyond

By: snowgood

Jan 31 2015

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Category: South West Coast Path, Walking

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Focal Length:28mm
Shutter:5 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 7D

Once up on the Purbeck Ridge the vistas changed.

There were new birds to enjoy, this Stonechat being one welcome extra. The odd Heron flew past.

The sun was dropping, but several couples were still enjoying a walk, run, or mountain bike ride.

On the top of the ridge we came across these weird “furrows”.

Any attempts at an ace shot of Swanage Bay were unsuccessful, but here a silhouette looking towards Langton Matravers which was where we’d “dumped” my car earlier.

Once we’d hit the beach and started walking into town the light was against us.

We resisted to the temptation to take a break, and kept walking.

In effect we’d given ourselves a 3 mile trek in darkness.

It took a 5 second exposure to get this shot looking back across Swanage Bay towards Purbeck Ridge.

Leaving the beach behind us we climbed up to Peveril Point, turned on our solitary torch and followed the coast path through a residential area and made our way to Durlston Head.

Despite the low light levels and clear sky I was beginning to wonder if we’d be seeing many stars.

It was almost as though they were being held back, and then wham the sky seemed suddenly burst into life.

Pin pricks of light sparkled everywhere.

One of these days I’ll have to learn the constellations, but I still enjoyed “The Plough” whilst Stuart picked out a few I didn’t know.

Some time later, and after numerous checks on the O.S. map we skirted the Tilly Whim Caves.  According to Wiki these were closed in 1976, but I remember entering them at the low end and walking all the way up and out of the narrow exit.

Yonks ago these quarried caves were used in a historical film, but I can’t remember which one.

Now the base is barred by a huge stone wall, and the top has iron bars to stop anyone making an exit.


Our amateur navigation got us back to within 100 yards of “The Priests Way” and the comfy seats of my car.








One comment on “Swanage and beyond”

  1. great way to spend a day.

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