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SWCP - Day 51 - Isle of Portland to Worth Matravers

semi-overcast 21 °C

Steps / Distance: 24,897 16.93km
Rating: n/a

When I woke up this morning, my plan for the day was to get to Kimmerage Bay and walk from there to Worth Matravers and my hotel in Kingston. Since there's no regular buses or trains to Kimmerage Bay, I'd need a taxi for the last portion. I took a bus off the Island and then decided to take the train to Wareham instead of a bus to Lulworth Cove because 1) Kimmerage Bay is closer to Wareham and 2) I thought there was a better chance at a taxi from the larger city. After calling and striking out with 6 taxi firms, I changed my plan and decided to walk from Wareham.

Wareham and a cute library converted from the iconic phone booth

It was going to be about 4hrs on roads. However, just leaving Wareham I saw a sign for a footpath to Corfe Castle, which I knew was on the way. The footpath was called Purbeck Way. It was a well-signed and easy path, which was great because it wasn't on my maps on the phone, but I could follow along and confirm I was going in generally the right direction.

I crossed Stoborough Heath and Creech Heath (collectively shown as the Purbeck Heaths on the map). The vertical red dotted line from Wareham is the Purbeck Way, which I followed to Corfe Castle and a bit beyond. Although not labeled, Kingston is the intersection of the roads above the coastal "L" in Coastal Grasslands.
Stoborough Heath

Corfe Castle and it's small Corfe Castle Village were worth a walk around and a few pics.

So, I didn't actually walk on the South West Coast Path today. Instead, I thoroughly enjoyed the Purbeck Way, with only the last 30 minutes on a road. The weather also cooperated🙂.

One more day of walking to reach the end of the path tomorrow.

Posted by Deb Godley 19:55 Archived in England

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