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A walk on the wild side

A walk along a coastal path, on a military shooting ground, with tank crossing points, in thick sea fog sounds like the basis of a TV drama rather than a possible location for a bank holiday family walk.

To add to the atmosphere, parking was provided in a lost, deserted village and there were signs about not touching military debris. Old tanks parked up, in the distance. The road to it is gated and locked every night. Did I mention the fog?

{insert dramatic, foreboding soundtrack here}

The walk wasn’t sold to me in so many words. I’m pretty sure I’d have given it a miss. For one, where were the views? I’m also sure that sea fog is nature’s own version of photoshop. Removing all traces of anything beyond 20 metres. There were times when I lost sight of the lead walkers in our party and was glad of the yellow posts, marking the route and the fences along the edge.

It became a running joke to sit on the benches, positioned I assume, at view points. Looking out into the impenetrable fog. Snow blindness. We could have been on the edge of the world.

I’m sure it must have been a beautiful view.

I have no idea how scary the cliff edges were, as we peered over, but I can tell you about the flowers, clinging on the edge. We saw sea pinks/thrift and yellow horned poppies. We could smell the sea water and hear the oyster catchers down below. We spotted a herd of 12 roe deer at one point.

Strangely, this turned into a really good walk. It’s steep to start with and the coastal path undulates, but there are flat parts too. We walked about 3 miles. I’d be tempted to go back again, if for no other reason than to see the view.

The route we took would have ended up in Kimmeridge Bay. Heading the other way, we could reach Lulworth Cove, for a slightly longer walk. There is also a 20 minute stroll to Worbarrow Beach.

Foggy days do not make for the best photo days, but against all the odds, I still managed to take a few photos!

Details

Place: Lulworth Range Coastal Walk, Dorset.
Times: The range is used by the military and closed when in use. Also locked at night. Check the times before you head off
Parking and amenities: Plenty of parking in the deserted Tyneham village. A suggested donation of £2. Basic toilets. Also an exhibition in the old school house and church.

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