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Jurassic Coast

Discussion in 'Photographic Locations' started by Zou, Jan 22, 2014.

  1. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    I'll be in Dorset for nearly a week in March, and will be looking for some decent (accessible) locations for a gentle stroll and pictures. Aside from Durdle Door, any other must-sees?
  2. Bob Maddison

    Bob Maddison Well-Known Member

    The walk from Studland Village up and beyond Old Harry Rocks to Ballard Down is excellent and you can make it into a circular walk (~2 hours). Also, just West of there is Swanage, and you can access the cliffs from the town. A little further West are a series of interesting cliff top views culminating in Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. A good staring point is Worth Matravers.

    Don't miss the Island of Portland; not only "The Bill", but the whole of the Island coast. There is a good path around the upper part of the Island (~3 hours) which can be quite rough in places. The view over Chesil Beach from the top of the Island is spectacular (free car park).

    Further West, the East Beach at West Bay is interesting, as is Golden Cap even further West. Then there is Lyme Regis. The whole of this area is very photogenic but do beware, there have been a lot of rock falls recently and one fatality. You need the OS maps for the area to get the best out of the area.
  3. RogerMac

    RogerMac Well-Known Member

    If you get to Lyme there is always the Philpot Museum, and of course the much photographed Cob. Here is a list of events in Lyme, but not a lot in March I am afraid

    To the West of Lyme there is the Undercliff walk, lovely but it is quite the opposite of gentle stroll! The trick here is to park a car at one end and the take a bus to the other end as trying to predict an arrival time is very difficult.
  4. chrispope70

    chrispope70 Well-Known Member

    I had a day out down there a few weeks back. Kimmeridge bay and Chapman's Pool were my favourites. If you are going for sunset both those locations set up well for this time of year.

    infact this time of year most locations are good for sunsets and sunrise on the Dorset coast
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2014
  5. Rustyknight

    Rustyknight Well-Known Member

    Do a Google for Tyneham village and Warbarrow Bay, which are in the middle of the Army Ranges between Lulworth Cove and Kimmeridge. Well worth a visit if the ranges aren't being used, although only generally open at weekends and major holiday periods.

    Here's a link to the range walks opening info, which may save you some time Googling if the dates don't match your visit..... http://www.dorsetforyou.com/lulworth-range-walks
  6. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys. The range dates don't match so that's out. We'll be visiting ageing parents so nothing strenuous at all really. The missus wants to do a bit of fossil hunting too so not sure how much photography will be done. Will probably just do a one camera, one lens week. Oh well, best laid plans and all that... ;)
  7. LargeFormat

    LargeFormat Well-Known Member

    Just hope there is some coast still there after last nights storms.
  8. Bob Maddison

    Bob Maddison Well-Known Member

    At the moment, the 'coast' is still there but the cliffs are in a perilous position. There have been several big rock falls recently but, with the current wet weather, there are likely to be many more over the next few weeks and even months. Much of the coastal path is at great risk as well as the obvious risks to anyone venturing onto the beaches. Nevertheless there as plenty of photogenic views without entering the danger zones.
  9. RogerMac

    RogerMac Well-Known Member

    Lyme Regis seems to have got throught the storms (fairly) intact and the new sea defences held. This is how it looks this morning and if you look carefully there is an earth mover putting gravel back onto the beach ready for the next onslaught

  10. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    Left sunny Scotland and arrived in overcast Exeter. Did the cathedral after lunch - surprisingly good - and the town centre had a lot of photogenic material.

    No fixed plans for the rest of the week but a few coastal walks and Corfe castle seem to be on the cards.

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