63.5 miles so far

Kingston, DorsetOn Sunday, Little Miss M and I added 2.7 miles to our target of 500 miles.

The weather has been relentlessly wet and windy since I returned from Egypt on the 5th March, so it was a relief that the sun was shining at last. But still so windy!

We parked near Kingston and walked through the woods towards the seaKingston, Dorset

Little Miss M often likes to run ahead, and found a hill that she and her siblings wanted to roll down – but it was a bit steep for that! So on we wentDorset coast

pushing on against the wind

to be rewarded with gorgeous views towards the Isle of PortlandThe English Channel from the Purbecks

and a brief stop to taste some gorse flowers, in the summer they taste like coconut – not much taste on this cold and windy March day

eating gorse flowers

but the colour! That yellow just glows in the sunshine.

All the colours looked crisp and clear after the weeks of rain we have had.

Click on any photo to see it full screen.

towards Houns Tout

We were battered by the wind, but did our best to stop and breathe in the colours and the elements and the sheer joy of being in such a beautiful place.

We did not go right to the end, there have been a few scary cliff falls along the coast recently especially further west at West Bay, when this happened on 15 March.

Looking East over the dry stone walls, one could catch the sound of larks singing – extraordinary delicate silver tinkling amidst the bluster of the wind.

dry stone walls

Larks say “Summer is a-coming” to me like no other bird does and remind me of hot sunny days lying on Dorset hill tops looking up into the sky trying to see their little bodies on the wing, dark against a clear blue sky.

coastal views No lying on hilltops on Sunday though – we turned back

and this time noticed Encombe House in the valley, much of it is hidden by the trees, but can you see the pavilion looking out onto the lake with a little white boat on it?

in the valley below

If you would like to know more about the history of Encombe House, click on this link.

walkWe headed for the pub and a hot chocolate

wild garlic gathering

but not before gathering some wild garlic so that my daughter could try a new Salsa Verde recipe.

wild garlic

In the woods Little Miss M also wanted to gather some moss and ivy and as many different leaves as she could find to take to school.moss

My son ( the running one) had told me about a new App that records walks and runs – so I tried it out for the first time – I haven’t quite mastered adding the photos properly, but it is a fun free App called Relive – here is our walk:

https://www.relive.cc/view/rt10004021559

The App seemed to run my battery down very quickly so I had to turn it off before we made it to the pub. My son recorded his 46 mile run around Bristol – (yes! that is not a typo – 46 miles!!!!) a couple of weekends ago, so there must be something wrong with my phone.

We went to the Scott Arms where you can sit in the garden as gaze across at Corfe Castle – what a view!

Do click on this picture and see it bigger – we could see for miles.

Corfe Castle from Kingston

Little Miss M was thrilled that she could look through the telescope and ran to tell me that she could see a person in a red jacket walking around at Corfe Castle

telescope

There is a footpath, part of the Hardy Way, that goes from Kingston to Corfe Castle and we all decided we would like to walk it on a warm summer’s day.

26 responses to “63.5 miles so far

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  2. This is such a lovely challenge for you all, Sandra, and you are clearly a Very Good Grannie!

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  3. Glorious photos! Thought it was just me being so envious of all the lovely walks you folk have in Blighty but I never seem to see over here. Thank you for taking us along. 😘

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  4. Everything looks so green and lush – spring is upon you! I like the pic of the yellow, green and pink jackets in a row – like Easter candy!

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  5. Windy or not – it sure is beautiful! You are so fortunate to have a troupe of grandies to walk with! Well done on the miles – hopefully when the weather improves you will add to your tally without struggling against the wind.

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  6. Looks like a good time was had by all. And you have now done over 12% of your 500 miles.

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  7. Stunning walk. I heard the larks singing on my Sunday walk this week and it does say Summer, you are right.

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  8. All I can say is “Wowsah, that is some walk.” Be still my trembling heart.

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  9. What a great walk! You and Miss M will surely achieve your goal, and the memories from all these lovely walks will be a treasure to you both. The countryside is just beautiful, love those hills and their accompanying vistas!

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  10. This is what I love about Great Britain–all these walking options and public footpaths and incredible views. You are your family are making amazing memories!

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  11. I am not a lover of windy weather myself – especially if there’s rain mixed in with it – but your photos aren’t windy so I can vicariously enjoy a Dorset walk without getting bad tempered 😃
    Funnily enough, Mr. T. and I were discussing the possibility of being ousted by the French after the B word and were browsing around on the internet to see where we could live if we came back to the U.K.. As his contract is in Bournemouth at the moment we naturally started in the Dorset area and found some lovely properties but it’s difficult to know the ‘good’ areas from the ‘bad’. We don’t need a school any more so that’s a bonus.

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    • So glad you enjoyed your wind free virtual walk – I really don’t like wind, it can be so exhausting. You wouldn’t go far wrong in looking for a place in the Purbecks – it really is a lovely area.

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  12. Beautiful photos. I love Dorset, its so wild and unspoilt.

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