The Dorset Doddle 2013

I knew it was going to be a tough walk but far more so than expected and it is a sobering thought that about 10% of the starters did not finish even though this was a well-established route and in mostly very good conditions. There was a bit of a clue when I got on the coach to the start and noticed how many people had walking poles.

There were three diversions on the route this year due to landslips, but the route was not really out of sight of the sea for long and one apparently went over a higher coastal path with even more spectacular views.

The first photo was taken the day before the walk. I whimsically imagined he might be a participant who realised what he was letting himself in for and belatedly decided there might be a flatter maritime alternative between Weymouth and Swanage!

Photos by Helen Abbott