In my previous post I talked about walking in the dark and how I always seem to run out of daylight hours – well here’s another 🙂 ! Just a few days after the previous one, I went walking for the day along the coast path, visiting the quarries at Dancing Ledge, Seacombe, Winspit etc, and then climbed up over St Aldhelm’s Head before dropping down ‘the staircase’ the other side. Normally when I reach the bottom of the steps, I climb back up again to the top of Emmett’s Hill but on this occasion I decided to drop down further onto the beach. It was a slip-slidy walk down!
I say beach but as you can see from the picture above, it is not much of a beach because it is strewn with rocks all along this part of the coast. It was a deliberate ploy on my part though because I thought I might get some nice long exposure shots of the sunset, and I was also foraging for interesting driftwood. This part of the walk was maybe half a mile or a mile long, all of which involved rock hopping because there is very little exposed beach. Rock hopping is not easy in the daylight but is even more difficult in the near dark, especially when the rocks are wet and slippery, and I really hoped I would make it to the fisherman’s huts at Chapman’s Pool before full darkness came. I just about made it…….and with no broken ankles either 🙂 !
My timing wasn’t helped by the fact that I kept stopping to take pictures…..and to collect driftwood of course 🙂 ! This is one of the pictures I took on that walk, looking west towards Kimmeridge. It had actually been a breezy day but the wind was an easterly, so unfortunately the waves along this sheltered part of the coast were not as high as I’d hoped. I still liked the atmosphere with the fading light though so I thought I would share it.
The reason I wanted to reach the fisherman’s huts before darkness fell was because there was a smoother track from there that would take me onwards more safely than the shoreline. It wasn’t the end of my walk because I still had a few miles to go before reaching the car, but at least it was easier underfoot, well apart from the mud of course – oh, and the climb back up to the top of the headland whilst carrying an armful of driftwood 🙂 !
What an awesome day, and an even more awesome evening.
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