The Purbecks. A stunning playground.
It takes time to fully appreciate what's on your doorstep. As someone who grew up just outside the Northern Scottish City of Inverness - it has a Cathedral - it has been difficult to give credit to other areas of the UK. "The Highlands are the most beautiful of all the UK mainland" Bias will always steer me to this opinion. Whilst this will always be a truth in my heart, it is motivation to find and experience other areas of beauty and intrigue.
The Purbecks have it all. Trails, beach, cliffs, big hills, sea, castles, nature and wildlife.
Yesterday was no exception to seeing a vast array of reasons to spend some time in this area.
A 29 mile route from the Sandbanks ferry, through the lowlands soaked in freezing fog, up onto the sun baked ridge of Nine Barrow down, following the grassy trails and ridge line to the coast at Kimmeridge where there were 20 plus surfers and SUPpers lapping up the phenomenal breakers. Over Hounds Tout and unto the Devils Staircase, all the while managing to keep on my feet through the sticky mud Coast Path. Inland through Worth Matravers and topping up at the friendly Square and Compass before meandering into the valley still filled with freezing fog before breaching the fog line to witness an awesome sundown.
Through the sandy trails that lead past The Agglestone sitting silent and lonely in the still air. Alas the adventure ends and I stuck myself next to the small section of steel wall being warmed by the chain ferry engines.
The contrast of heat and cold throughout this route created by the low lying fog, and the 500ft sun clad ridge lines always gave something to look forward to.
A good session created by the environment. There can be no "pain" when the roses smell this good.