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UK Trip Part 3: Durdle Door, Arne and Corfe Castle

When I lived in England, my husband and I hiked every weekend, now that the kids legs are longer we decided to drag them on a 6 km hike to one of the most scenic places in Dorset, the Jurassic Coast near Lulworth. When we left my in-laws house it was 23°C and sunny, by the time we got to our destination 30 minutes away it was 15°C and foggy. I was so confused about what to wear! The hike took us through my favourite place name in the world “Scratchy Bottom,” which was so thick with fog we felt like we could lose each other. It was very exciting to stumble upon sheep and bunnies quite suddenly being so blind.

Down in the cove the sun came out around us, but we still had a small bank of fog right over head which made the light quite silver and the water so sparkly. The last part of the walk was up a monster hill, which we took slowly and nobody complained, especially when we found an ice-cream truck part way up in the middle of nowhere!

My daughter, proud to have climbed all of those stairs!

Oh the colours around this artist! Found him painting shells and stones down in the cove, loved him!

Another afternoon we rambled with the kids all over Arne, an RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) protected reserve with a mixture of open heathland and old oak woodland. The reserve is full of birds and there are also deer everywhere. The best surprise was that the heather was starting to flower, not sure if my knees will ever recover from kneeling in the heathland to get the shot.

Over the heathland to a view of Corfe Castle on the centre hill.

Ah, Corfe Castle Village, I adore this village. Overshadowed by the remains of a castle, surrounded by meadow of sheep and horses, endless stone cottages, 3 pubs and a delightful tearoom overlooking the castle, this is one of my favourite places to be.

The kids loved ending our days in England by eating in a tearoom, my son quickly grew an appreciation for tea and scones with clotted cream! Heaven!


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