Thursday, 9 July 2015

England South West Coast Path

This Trip: 2015.07.04

South West Coast Path, Dorset, England:

Lulworth Cove + Stair Hole → Durdle Door → White Nothe → Osmington Mills → Weymouth

Trains from London Waterloo to Wool run every 1 hour and the journey lasts 2.5 hours. From Wool railway station there is the bus 103/104 that runs twice in the morning and twice in the afternoon. I do not recommend anyone to rely on this bus. Have the phone numbers of the local taxi companies (Garrison Cars and Silver Cars) ready for your own good. It takes 12 minutes by taxi to reach Lulworth Cove, the starting point of the route. Fare should be around £16. 

This route is almost 20km long, one of the longest among all suggested routes on the South West Coast Path. With lots of photographing moments but not any long pauses, it took us 6.5 hours from start to finish. After reaching the end point of the path in Weymouth, we took a bus nearby to go to the town center.

For the level of difficulty, it can be hard to tell. I would say I got tired because of the distance, not the how strenuous the hike was. There are a few steep ascending sections but really not all the way long. If I can make it, everyone else can (the elderly excluded).

For the beauty, it is considered the most beautiful section of the South West Coast Path. That's true, partly. There aren't really any nice views after White Nothe. For those who want to skip Osmington Mills and Weymouth, again, you will have to call a taxi to drive you back to Wool, or west to Weymouth.

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