Thursday, 14 July 2005

Coastwalk , South West Coast Path

Abbotsbury → Chiswell

[Boats on the Fleet, looking north-west]

Distance: 14.2 miles
Ascent: 367 metres
Duration: 6 hours 6 minutes

Avoiding the beach
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For seventeen miles the high shingle bank of Chesil Beach runs from near Abbotsbury to Chiswell, its pebbles linking the island of Portland to the mainland. So rather than describe a relentless plod along the beach we made our way along the landward side of the Fleet lagoon.

(We have other excuses for not walking the beach: we wanted to avoid disturbing ground-nesting birds; we suspected one section of the beach to be closed due to activity on the Chickerell rifle range; we were worried about being robbed by pirates; we're just plain lazy. Take your pick.)

In the end it wasn't the rifle range that forced us to detour yet further inland. A short distance after Chickerell Hive Point a cow had just given birth beside the gate where we were to enter her field. The detour added a mile or so but seemed the best choice for all.

It's been another baking day and by the time we reached the causeway linking Wyke Regis to Portland we were exhausted. Walkers following in our steps should know there's a taxi office in the first buildings on the island on the left. They weren't surprised about where we wanted a lift to. Especially since the alternative was turning right and walking back along the beach.

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