Tag Archive | Lulworth

Which Shoes to Choose?

Exploring England #6

The best way to enjoy the dramatic scenery of the Jurassic Coast is by walking, and there are hundreds of kilometres of paths and trails you can take.

p1130104

Some climb over high limestone cliffs,

p1130115

while others lead to small isolated beaches.

p1130100

One thing is certain – whichever path you decide to take, you need to think carefully about your choice of footwear.

p1130096

At Lulworth, there are several walking tracks suitable for those looking for spectacular photographic opportunities. The path to Durdle Door starts off easily, although the wind blowing off the English Channel is icy.

p1150711

p1130097

Despite the chilly breeze and warnings of crumbling cliff edges, many walkers find places along the way to enjoy expansive views of the rugged coastline.

p1130099

To reach Durdle Door, a set of steps winds down from the cliff top to the beach below. The steep steps are hard going at the best of times, but after heavy rain they’re muddy, slippery and difficult to negotiate.

p1130110

By the time you’ve reached the bottom, you could be a few centimetres taller, with a new platform sole of mud on your shoes. If you’ve chosen real platform shoes, it’s a good time to discard them before setting out across the shingle beach.

p1130118

p1130130

It’s worth the effort though. The hard Portland stone of Durdle Door contrasts with the softer chalk cliffs stretching away in the distance.

p1130114

p1150727

The pebbly beach drops away steeply into the ocean, making it the perfect platform for special photos.

p1130117

Eventually, it’s time to retrace your steps and return the way you came – you just have to walk back up!

p1130111

Join Jo for more Monday Walks