‘Had I but lived a hundred years ago
I might have gone, as I have gone this year,
By Warmwell Cross on to a Cove I know,
And Time have placed his finger on me there.’ – Thomas Hardy
From the steaming tropics of Far North Australia earlier in January to the stunning Jurassic Coast of Southern England barely two weeks later, it’s so good to be travelling again, despite these wildly unsettling times.
We trekked down to spectacular Lulworth Cove with its incredible unique geology of twisting rock formations that seem to ooze from the cliffs as if molten. This landscape is so unique that UNESCO designated this coastline an area of ‘outstanding universal value’, alongside the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest.
Just over the windswept clifftops you reach Durdle Door, one of the Jurassic Coast’s most iconic landscapes – a naturally formed limestone arch that stands vertically out of the sea. I can only imagine just how crowded this coastline must be in the summer (with over 200,000 walkers each year), let alone a sparkling winter’s day – alas the day I was there was rather gloomy and cold but none the less spectacular with just a handful of hardy souls.