Another glorious bright day for our second on the Path through the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset. Rejoining the trail we took a brief diversion around Winspit Quarry with its cavernous human-made caves, propped up with stumps of uncut rock. Dramatically set within the cliffs south of Worth Matravers.
The Path took us due west out along St. Alban’s Head. Popped in to chat with the two volunteers scanning the sea and coastline from the Coastguard Lookout who let us ogle a pod of 20 or so common dolphins fishing in the shallows just off of the promontory. Turning the corner north, a precipitously steep climb down and then back up again at Emmett’s Hill was our first significant test of the knees and quads.
Taking what we thought was a short detour down to the beach of Chapman’s Pool turned out to be an ‘adventure’ through brambles, stinging nettles and thistles along a very narrow winding, little-trod path. The beach itself was gravelly, populated by many kelp flies, and the water wasn’t the warmest to swim in, but did cool the hill climbing limbs.