Dorset Double Hike: Bank Holiday Monday Bonus Walk
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'Part 3' of a "Dorset Double" - now 3 Walks 1 BH Weekend!
If you're not too weary after doing the entire coastline from Tyneham to Swanage over the preceding two days, why not extend the weekend's walking and delay saying goodbye to new-found friends by enlisting for this short, linear walk across the eastern Purbeck Hills to the natural wonders of Old Harry Rocks?
Starting at 11.30 you'll have time to pack up your tent or vacate your B&B, and finishing at 15.30, you'll have time to get home. Even if you're not doing the Dorset Double, do enlist anyway.
Using the Purbeck Way to take us to Old Harry we'll cross Challow Hill, Brenscombe Hill, Nine Barrow Down, Godlingstone Hill and Ballard Down. Here we'll see another series of sea stacks called The Pinnacles, while heading to a headland called The Foreand will reveal Old Harry and his associated coastal landforms. Old Harry (a nickname for the Devil) lost his wife, an adjacent sea stack, in 1509, but the relentless action of waves and weather on the ancient chalk has given him another. Although at 66 million years old the chalk dates from the Cretaceous Period (Latin: creta = chalk), the Old Harry formations mark the eastern end of the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
All along the walk (please click the link in red to see the route and elevations at the Ordnance Survey website) the height of the chalk ridge (up to 200m) will give fabulous views of the Isle of Purbeck to the south, while to the north the view of Godlingstone Heath fades to Poole Habour and the Poole-Bournemouth conurbation. As we approach Ballard Down, the Isle of Wight will come into view and the full sweep of Swanage and Studland Bays will materialise.
Dogs are very welcome on this walk but the strength of the sun could be a problem and the presence of sheep on the hills and the cliff edges could limit their freedom.
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(Picture credits: Old Harry Rocks, Handfast Point: Photo © John Allan (cc-by-sa/2.0); Old Harry Rocks, Handfast Point: Photo © John Allan (cc-by-sa/2.0). Swanage Bay: Photo © Alex McGregor (cc-by-sa/2.0); View Towards the Purbeck Hills, Dorset: Photo © Peter Trimming (cc-by-sa/2.0); View From Nine Barrow Down, Dorset (2): Photo © Peter Trimming (cc-by-sa/2.0). The Pinnacles and Old Harry: Photo © Mike Searle (cc-by-sa/2.0). All pictures are copyrighted but are licensed for reuse under Creative Commons CC-BY-SA 2.0 and are here attributed to their copyright holders.)
What to bring
For your comfort and safety please be prepared for the anticipated weather and the terrain of the walk - keep in mind the following:
Boots: Hiking boots that are both waterproof and breathable, and provide good ankle support, are important as soon as you encounter any mud. Cross trainers may suffice in good weather and flat routes.
Socks: Proper walking socks keep your feet dry, and help prevent blisters.
Walking trousers (ideally water resistant): These will be more comfortable than Jeans which are heavy and cold when wet. From April to October shorts are usually a better bet.
Waterproof over-trousers: Essential in any significant rainfall. Breathable ones are best.
Layered clothing: Allows you to quickly adapt to changes in the weather as well as body temperature. E.g. a base layer or a cotton T-Shirt; a mid layer like a micro fleece, or a rugby type thick shirt, and in cooler weather an outer layer consisting of a windproof jacket or a thick fleece.
Waterproof jacket: Essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather. You get what you pay for with these. Breathable fabrics are advisable.
Hat: Essential both in mid winter to preserve heat and in summer to prevent sunburn and heatstroke.
Gloves: Essential in frosty weather.
Small Rucksack: One that is comfortable to wear is essential so that you can use your arms freely. Place valuables in water proof bags inside.
Sunglasses: April-Sept: comfortable sunglasses enhance your pleasure and keep insects out of the eye
Water: Even in winter one can loose a litre or more of fluid by perspiration. If you fail to make this up you'll get dehydrated which can lead to headaches and other problems. A hydration bladder is easier to use than bottled water, but higher maintenance.
Food: A packed lunch will be required. In addition carry energy bars or similar to counter 'sugar lows'.
Medicines: If you have allergies, are diabetic, or have minor ailments don't forget these. Please bring and apply a high-factor sun cream.
Food & drink
Bring plenty of food, snacks and drinks. Although a short walk it will be exposed to full sun in the hottest part of the day. A pub visit could be in the offing at the end of the walk in Studland if regulations permit.