Jurassic Coast – the first stop of my English Backpack Adventure

I’ve been dreaming of this moment for a long time now. When I was a little girl, (or I should rather say a young girl as I am still only a little :P) I remember a short fairy tale, telling a story of a small girl packing just a few items and going on an adventure. I kept reading this story so many times that the little book got a bit demolished and I kept repeating to my parents: I want to go on an adventure! One day the book got lost. I still insist that my parents must have hidden it somewhere so I would stop winging about this imagined adventure of mine. Never mind. Back to the point. After some time, I have forgotten about the book. But the wish of an adventure stayed deep inside of me. Recently, it got awaken. Big time. So off I went. An English adventure, how I’d like to call it. A backpack, a few pennies and a camera (well, a few more items really, but it just wouldn’t sound that cool :P). The plan was to travel the UK as I wanted to do I the first place when I came here. So, at the beginning of June I upped and left!

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The walk path to Durdle Door

The first point on my list had to be the Jurassic Coast. I can’t get enough of the seaside views! But after all, the UK is an island (well, a few islands to be precise) so the shores are rather inevitable features of the landscape. This time, I finished with chalk and decided to see a bit of limestone formations instead. I picked four of the most stunning locations.

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Lulworth Cove

 

Old Harry Rocks

Oh, that was hell of a first day of my trip. It would not stop raining Even.For.A.Second. But I quite liked the look of the rocks in a stormy weather! Thanks to my AirBnB host in Swanage who helped me dry my clothes and shoes, I was able to set off the next day to my next destination. But first I had a little stop by…

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Corfe Castle

I know, I haven’t seen a lot of castles yet, and I was moaning before about them being ruins, but this one… my absolute fave so far! These are the ruins as well but they are massive! I literally felt like I was on set of the last season of Game of Thrones, I’m not even lying! And the little town Corfe has the most old English-like architecture I had seen so far. If you’re there, devote a few more minutes and climb the nearby hill. The views are stunning!

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Lulworth Cove

This one has only recently made it to my travel itinerary. Everyone will find something they like there! Fans of picturesque views will like the cove very much as it looks really exotic. And I found crazy tectonic folds, which made me reminisce about my university times when I used to learn about types of rocks, rock formations and how they were created. The sun was finally shining in full blast so I quickly made my way to…

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Durdle Door

Absolutely.Stunning.Site! Even the wind blowing all the dust in my face did not spoil the experience. The number of people did not either. It definitely is worth marching with a backpack weighing at least a tone, slowly turning you into a cripple after two days of carrying it on your back.

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There are plenty of other places that one can visit within this 95-mile land of pure stunning views. These include rock formations, castles, towns and cities. I, for example, stopped at Swanage and Weymouth at which I had my accommodation booked.

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Osmington White Horse – King George III riding his horse

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To sum up, none of the places I visited disappointed me. Everything was gorgeous, even more appealing than I’d expected or seen in the pictures, and if I think of it now, it was not overly expensive nor time consuming to see them all at once!

Practical bits:

  • How to travel? I already mentioned Clickit2ride app when I visited the Isle of Wight. Choose an option for ABC zones. It’s only £9 and will take you literally to every place I’ve been to. But bear in mind that the ticket works daily not for 24 hours, it means from midnight to midnight (so if you buy it, let’s say, at 2pm it will only last until midnight on that day). Unfortunately, they don’t do 2-day deal, which would be perfect and would give you a bit more time to fully appreciate the beauty of every place. This is literally the only thing I would change about my journey- more time to properly enjoy the sights.
  • It’s not that obvious how to get to Old Harry Rocks so do ask the locals where to go once you get off the bus.
  • Corfe Castle entrance is at £10.00
  • There is Lulworth Castle nearby, but despite it’s being a Saturday, the place was closed, so make sure you double check the opening times if you fancy visiting that one.
  • You can walk between Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. It’ll take you around half an hour. But bear in mind it’s up the hill, so do reconsider if you’ve got a heavy load on your back, like me 😉
  • Prices? I’ve not bought anything at the tourist centres or facilities next to the attractions so can’t say much. I saw a scoop of my favourite ice cream at £2.20. I’ll let you be the judges of it 😉

And a little note for the end: I have not met so many polite and helpful people in ages! Every single person I’ve met was outgoing and smiling. Really great destination for travelers. Jurassic Coast – you do it well!

Find out more about the Jurassic Coast on its official website.

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One thought on “Jurassic Coast – the first stop of my English Backpack Adventure

  1. Sounds absolutely amazing. At this rate I’m going to grab my backpack and go 😂😂 despite having not worn it since last year. Thanks for the tips. Corfe Castle looks fantastic. If you enjoyed that, you’d love Castle Trim in Ireland. Awesome history. If you visit, be sure to check the bus timetable 😉 We got stuck there overnight one time cuz we didn’t check

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