Wednesday 29th March 2017 - Report by Celia Benson
It was lovely to have 3 new people, Frances, Rollo and David join our merry band of walkers!
We parked at the Scott Arms, Kingston and walked up through the village and out to Houns Tout, looking down on Encombe House as we went, nestling in the sheltered valley below. By the time we reached the South West Coast Path at the cliff edge, the wind had got up and it started to mizzle, spoiling somewhat the lovely views along the coast west to Kimmeridge and beyond, and east down into Chapman’s Pool and St Alban’s Head above it.
It was a good job the strong wind was from the south west or we would have been in danger of being blown off the cliff! We descended a steep flight of steps from Houns Tout towards Chapman’s Pool and then veered away from the Pool to follow the contours round to Hill Bottom where we had our coffee break in the mizzle.
We picked up the Purbeck Way by way of a steep sided valley to reach the road between Kingston and Langton Matravers. At the start of the Purbeck Way, Richard the day’s Walk Leader, tried to take a break away group up a track to Worth Matravers, no doubt thinking the Square and Compass pub there would be closer than our pub in Kingston – his cunning plan was however spotted and nipped in the bud, despite the lure of the Square’s homemade cider and pasties. We crossed the road to Langton to begin descending down the valley towards Corfe, in front of us scenic views through the haze to Corfe Castle majestically controlling the gap in the Purbeck Hills. We then encountered our worst patch of muddy track where we turned west to head back across the fields to the Scott Arms and welcome refreshment.
A huge thank you to Mike who helped organise the walk
Next walk led by Mark and Lesley is Wednesday 12th April