I completed the Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) “Walk for Wildlife” sponsored walk across the Purbecks yesterday. God, am I suffering this morning! Thanks Steve and all at DWT for putting the event on… it was brilliant.
Corfe Castle in the early morning misty sunshine : the start of the walk
There were three distances to choose from 4 miles, 13.2 miles and 23 miles. I wanted a bit of a challenge. The 4 miler was too short and the 23 miles was just … well, exactly that… 23 miles (no way!), so I opted for the 13.2 miler.
The walk started in the pretty little village of Church Knowle at the MGFT Animal Sanctuary (who had very kindly allowed the Trust to use their field as a car park and stick up a marque, etc). I got there at 9.30am. The sun was still hazey but it looked like it was going to be a cracking day, a bit of breeze but not a cloud in the sky.
Corfe Castle in the distance : I never tire of these views
I’m not going to explain every step of the walk. I will let the pictures tell the story, and there’s a map at the end which roughly shows the route (although I think I’ve gone a bit astray with my lines in a couple of places…).
Corfe Castle looking over Brownsea Island to Poole beyond
Turning the other way : Looking down the Jurassic Coastline towards Portland
Walking across the Army Ranges (carefully!)
A place to relax and take in the view!
If you had ever wondered about visiting Dorset and particularly the Purbecks, then wonder no more… it’s stunning.