Friday, 13 June 2014

Week 9: Abbotsbury to Poole - Day 60

Swanage to South Haven Point
8 miles
Word of the day: Contemplation

Walking in long trousers today to protect my sunburnt legs. Stopped on Ballard Cliff to sketch some Hawthorn Trees on Ballard Down - apparently this chalk ridge used to connect up with The Needles on the Isle of Wight.

On to Old Harry Rocks, detached chalk pinnacles formed when rock arches collapse. Took some cracking photos from very close to the edge of some pointy pinnacles which I found far more attractive than the much photographed flat tops. 

Having sketched the pinnacles we moved on to Studland and photographed Fort Henry - constructed to protect VIPs during practices for the Normandy landings. Particularly poignant as it is almost exactly 70 years since D Day.

Walked along the beach at Studland Bay dodging the naturists and dead jellyfish before arriving at South Haven Point and the sculpture marking the end of the path.

On reaching the end I was quite pleased that it was a quiet contemplative finish tinged with much sadness - the sort of feeling you get when you finish a really good book. Of course it isn't the end, I can come back at any time and I have a long list of places that I know I will revisit many times.

Walk complete, now to finish the artwork and write the book!


  1. well done Anita and Tim, fantastic achievement and some supreb sketches, look forward to seeing the studio work and of course to the book very best wishes for the rest of this journey margaret deans

    1. Thanks Margaret! I've had a brilliant time, still feeling a bit odd now the walk is finished.... keep feeling like I've forgotten or lost something. Looking forward to developing all of the sketches at a slower pace now. Best wishes, Anita