Hiking the South West Coast Path: Swanage to Studland
After three months of living here it still feels unreal to be in such a beautiful place. Last weekend we took advantage of the sunshine to go for a hike along the South West Coast Path. Adam's family was in town so this made it the perfect opportuntiy to go out and explore. We took the Breezer bus down to Swanage which takes less than an hour from Poole. From there we followed the signs to the Coast Path towards Studland.
The South West Coast Path is 630 miles long, but the walk from Swanage where we started to Studland covers only about five easy miles. At first it's simply an easy incline until you have to climb a few stairs. Before you know it you are pretty much already up and above the sea. Stunning views included. The cliffs here are spectacular and they only get nicer as you keep walking but they don't compare to the dramatic coast line we saw in Wales a few months ago.
Once you reach the top of the cliffs the rest of the walk is just a long downhill stretch. One of the highlights is reaching Old Harrys Rocks (see photos above and below). You can stand on a tiny patch of land surrounded by steep cliffs on three sides. Standing there gives you an intense feeling of freedom. And maybe some anxiety considering the winds that battered us.
A short walk later we were into the village of Studland. There are a couple of pubs here and a few small cafés. We tried the Bankes Arms a little while ago which is nice and I still want to go to the Pig where apparently you can get some great cocktails. We opted to walk down to the beach for cups of tea and flapjacks to keep things easy. And to get a final glimps of this beautiful view. Until next time!