Training for Kilimanjaro (III): break the routine

This past week-end I shamelessly ditched the gym for a far better alternative – Dorset’s bit of the Jurassic Coast.  A World Heritage Site, this magnificent landform consists of Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous cliffs, spanning the Mesozoic Era,  and documenting 180 million years of geological history.

Durdle Door

Durdle Door

During World War II this rugged coastline was adjudicated by the Ministry of War – which explains why, to this day, you can still spot shooting ranges, military outposts and even an odd number of war ships.  This, however, does not detract in the least from the spectacular surrounding beauty.

The hills behind the coastline make for beautiful countryside walks – a perfect opportunity to train outdoors.  Braving the cliffs can be slightly dangerous in some places – and more so after downing half a bottle of sauvignon blanc – but the views are well worth the risk, especially on a sunny day.

The week-end coastal path training was thus a total success.

Total distance walked: 36.5km (about 22.5 mi)

Total number of awesome picnics: 2

Total number of four-legged friends made: inordinate (Billy, a geriatric whippet; two VERY social billy goats; and oodles of cows, sheep and hares).

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Lulworth Cove

Lulworth Cove

Mupe Bay

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The Mupe Rocks

The Mupe Rocks

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