Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Swanage to South Haven Point

Day 13 Thursday 12/09/2013

Swanage to South Haven Point

Miles walked – 8

The weather was much better again today. It was a bit cooler and overcast first thing, but it soon cleared up and became warm and sunny. Because we hadn’t had chance to see Swanage the previous night in the rain, we first had a walk along the front, and then paid 80p each to have a walk along the pier.

We then had a gentle climb up onto cliffs leaving Swanage, followed by easy walking along the tops before arriving at a headland where large white rocks jutted out into the sea below, including Old Harry. It was busy round here, with a number of school parties out. After taking photos, it was an easy walk down to Studland bay. We had lunch at a café on the beachfront and then it was a long walk along the beach (the last stretch a naturist beach) before reaching the end of the South West coast path at South Haven Point. After photos at the statue at the end, we got the car ferry to Sandbanks.

We’d aimed for a celebratory beer here, but as there was only one smart looking hotel, and there wasn’t a bus for over an hour, we set off walking towards Poole. However once we left Sandbanks and could see across the bay area to Poole, we could see how far away it was, and so we ordered a taxi to take us to the hotel. We checked in and left our rucksacks before setting off to buy some new clothes. However the nearby Sainsbury’s had very little, and we got to the shopping centre 15 minutes before it closed. Colin bought jeans and a shirt at Primark but I didn’t find anything. We then found a Wetherspoons, and finally had our celebration beer. In the evening we went to the harbour front and found a very nice pub serving fish. We had fish steamed in a parcel with ginger, chillies etc. and cous cous which was very nice. We then had a wander round Poole, found another pub with some music on where we had a whisk, and then headed back to the hotel.

Pub – Wetherspoons and Poole Arms

Beer -          


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