SWCP Day 42. Lulworth to Langton Matravers

Today's distance walked - approx 26kms (16 miles).
Ascent - approx 1150m (3772 ft).

Lulworth got a light sprinkle of rain last night, but nothing that's done anything to break the drought. My tent was a little wet, but was dry by the time I packed it. I woke at 5.15am and had a light breakfast in the lounge of the YHA. There were a few people up already, who were also hiking this weekend, so we got talking over a coffee. The official YHA breakfast began at 7.30 with cereals etc. Then the...

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SWCP Day 41. Osmington Mills to Lulworth Cove

Today's distance walked - approx 10 kms (6.2 miles).
Ascent - approx 630m (2066 ft).

When I got up this morning there was rubbish all over the camping field, so I picked up the overturned bins and picked all the rubbish in my section. Just as I was walking to the bathroom, the overnight warden, who had also just surfaced, stopped by to thank me. It's nice to make someone's day a little bit easier! Apparently the local wildlife likes to have a rummage around the bins at night sometimes.

I...

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SWCP Day 40. Castletown, Portland to Osmington Mills

Today's distance walked - approx 13 kms (8 miles).
Ascent - approx 100m (328 ft).

I woke at 5am and had a coffee and Museli bar in my little hotel room. I went downstairs for breakfast at 7.15am, and chatted to the new hotel owners about the history of the building and their plans to restore it's seafaring heritage. I left at 9am. The sun came out at 9.30, as I was making my way back via the marina. At Ferrybridge the trail followed a historic railway line route to Weymouth.

Mid way, I...

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SWCP Day 39. Fleet to Portland, and Portland circuit

Today's distance walked - approx 28 kms (17.3miles).
Ascent - approx 350m (1148ft).

I woke early, but didn't get started until around 8.30am this morning. The first stretch of trail was around the remainder of the Fleet nature reserve en route to Ferrybridge. I briefly passed through a firing range - no red flags flying today, so no detour necessary. I stopped in at one of the huge holiday parks on the way, used their facilities and bought a sandwich.

The next 600m out and back down to...

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SWCP Day 38. Stonebarrow Hill, Charmouth to Fleet

Today's distance walked - approx 34kms (21 miles).
Ascent - approx 728m (2388 ft).

I woke up at 5.30am and had 2 museli bars and a coffee for breakfast. I wanted to pack in another big day today - I'm way ahead of my original schedule, but I'm trying to shave off another day to get to Lulworth Cove while the firing range isn't in use this weekend. I left at 6.45am. I was glad I'd put in such a big day yesterday, and I was feeling surprisingly good when I set off.

I started...

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SWCP Day 37. Peak Hill, Sidmouth to Stonebarrow Hill, Charmouth

Today's distance walked - approx 38 kms (23.6 miles).
Ascent - approx 1661m (5449 ft).

I woke at 5.30am and spent a while getting myself together and finishing my blog for the past couple of days. As I was finishing up, a few big fat spots of rain fell on the tent. I got the tent packed away quickly, because I didn't want to carry it wet, but in my haste I damaged a tent pole a little bit which I mended with the duct tape I keep wrapped around my hiking poles. The rain turned out to be...

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