12 miles (walked 8 from Chapman's Pool)
Word of the day: Skylarks
Logistics didn't allow us to walk the first bit from Kimmeridge to Chapman's Pool so we started at Worth Matravers. Walked out onto St Aldhelm's Head, stopping to sketch Chapman's Pool on the way. Took some photos of the 400 year old graffiti in the chapel which was refreshingly cool inside.
We went underground at the old stone quarries in Winspit - massive caverns held up by natural rock pillars, the roof made up of a fossilised sea bed. To get away from the heat we stopped for lunch under a tree at Seacombe - many comments from the dozens of walkers that passed us. Did a quick sketch whilst digesting.
Walked on with increasing discomfort in the windless heat of the afternoon under a blistering sun. Stopped briefly to photograph the very stumpy Tilly Whim Lighthouse and then walked up to Durlston Castle for a well deserved ice cream and some serious rehydration.
Today was the last day of Dorset Arts Week and I visited exhibitions at Durlston by Frances Hatch, Robin Mackenzie and Caroline Parrott. I hope to be having an exhibition here next year.
The last half mile into Swanage was along a rather smelly foreshore in spitting rain - then got lost trying to find the Youth Hostel (a kind man gave us a lift in his car).
Later had a swift half in the Square and Compass at Worth Matravers - a quirky half pub/half museum, then a celebratory last supper in La Trattoria washed down with a very good bottle of Sicilian Syrah. Not a good day for sketching - just too hot!