A 6.5 Mile Walk In Dorset

I go on lots of walks in my spare time – I find it much more fun and free-spirited than going to a gym for example. I know it’s not quite the same level of working out, but some of the things you get to see are amazing.

I’m lucky enough to live in Bournemouth, a place that has a bit of everything. You have forests, rivers, fields and sea, all right on your doorstep.

This particular sunny Sunday, I went with my dad and his fiancee for a walk starting at Studland and ending at Old Harry’s Rocks. It was a glorious day, and the sea was so blue and sparkly. It was a 6.5 mile walk, and it was a hot day, but it was worth it.


We started on the Sandbanks chain ferry, which is a very old method of transport, but it does so many trips a day to get people over the sea on to the bays beyond.


As you can see, the sea was stunning. This image doesn’t have any edits or filters – none of them do, my Canon picked up every colour and sparkle without effort. The sea was making an amazing rushing sound, and there was enough breeze to keep you cool.


After walking through some woods (I didn’t get any photos of that part, there were too many mozquitos about!) we then walked over a very hot heathland. You see that tiny walkway over there, leading all the way to the horizon? That’s how far we had to go. And this photo was taken once we’d gone quite far across it.


My Canon’s favourite colour seems to be blue. It picks the colour up beautifully, and you can see what’s sitting in the river bed. I love this photo.

One thing you’ll notice from my blog is that I like foot photos. I always have to take a compulsory walking boot photo whilst I’m out and about. Here I am on a boggy bridge. The sun still manages to make this bog very pretty.


People have started to build up a cairn halfway through the walk. It is sliiightly incorrect as it isn’t on top of a mountain, or on top of a grave, but I still put one on top myself to keep it going.


Getting higher up now! There’s such a contrast here of browny green heathland against clear, crystal blue sea and sky. The little yachts at the side really stood out.


We had to walk all the way over that. It was really hard work, especially as it was such a hot day, but it really got our legs going. My dad actually ran all the way up and over it, and spent the rest of the day with a cough.


This is over the other side and facing back. It was a long grassy stretch down to Old Harry’s, but we’d come so far already. I love the different cloud streaks in the sky.

I tried to get closer to these little lambs but they were obviously a little wary. Right at the top of the grassy strait there were lots of cows and sheeps.


Down there is Swanage. A place I love going, and I used to dance in the folk festival there when I was at school. It’s quite well known as you can get the open top bus over from Bournemouth, then an old steam train to Corfe. There’s a hippie clothing shop I love there called Rainbow’s End. It’s heaven for me.


I can’t begin to imagine how amazing that must have been for that man. The wind was blowing him slowly across up  above. The view he must have had would have been amazing – it really made me think about doing that myself one day.


This is one of my favourite photos of the whole day. This man was painting Old Harry’s whilst stood on that clifftop. You can see the Isle of Wight in the background, the light, clear blue sky, the darker rippling see, and one bright white yacht. It was so peaceful, I had to capture it.


Here we are finally – we made it to Old Harry’s Rocks. I’m not scared of heights, but I was a bit wobbly looking over. It’s so white, as they’re chalk cliffs.img_0149

This is actually further on, it all extends round. That scary narrow path there? People do walk along it. I did consider it, but wisely declined.


I’m going to finish up on this photo. I absolutely love it. So much silver and blue, and calm ripples in the sea. It was still a very warm day, but the sun was beginning to descend a little.

This walk, all 6.5 miles of it, can be found in the Pathfinder Dorset Walks book. It follows step by step guides on exactly which ways to go, and there’s hundreds of unique places it goes to.

Whenever I go on a big walk, whether it’s with my dad or my partner, we always have to have an obligatory cold cider or beer to reward our efforts. I chose a kiwi and lime Old Mout, which reminded me that I prefer beer!


All images are my own from my photography

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