via golden cap
sunday, 6TH MAY 2018
The weather this year has been particularly stinky but the weather forecast for this week looks pretty good. It should be warm and sunny today with virtually no wind so I can't complain.
Bridport high tide 10:44
Bridport low tide 16:11
I start the walk at our holiday cottage, Celtic Blessing, in the village of Uploders.
I wander along the quiet country road towards Loders but turn left along a footpath before reaching the adjoining village. The roadside verges are covered in wild flowers.
I climb up onto a rather muddy Boarsbarrow Hill and the paths are covered in stinky wild garlic. I can hear a woodpecker pecking away.
I pass Dalrymple Copse and join a small and rather muddy track called Green Lane which leads down to the busy A35 Dorchester Road.
I cross the A35 and head down a narrow path which leads me to a minor road. The road passes behind the cemetery but I head into Jellyfields Nature Reserve instead and amble along the paths next to streams, enjoying the birdsong.
I come to a wildflower meadow planted in 2014 and dedicated to the Bridport men who served in the Great War. It's supposed to be full of poppies and cornflowers but just seems to be a tangle of grass and nettles.
I follow Crock Lane and then cross the A35 again and enter Asker's Meadow Nature Reserve where I walk next to the River Asker. I pass behind the Morrison's superstore and cross over South Street to pass next to Palmers Brewery.
I cross over a weir over the River Brit and join a very familiar footpath which takes me back towards the centre of Bridport.
I walk through Bridport Community Orchard and then walk along South Street and West Street heading out of Bridport.
I leave West Street and head towards North Allington before following a footpath which rounds Allington Hill.
I come across another orchard, this time Jubilee Green Orchard where 24 fruit and deciduous trees were planted in 2012.
I continue along the footpath which takes me around and then over Allington Hill where I enjoy the wildflowers and bird song.
I leave Symondsbury and climb up onto the iconic Colmer's Hill, the lower slopes of which are covered in bluebells.
I have magnificent panoramic views over the Dorset countryside. I come across a trig point at 417 feet high in amongst a copse of nine pine trees. While enjoying the views I'm joined again by the walking group.
I descend Colmer's Hill and head along quiet lanes at Quarry Cross before joining Hell Lane, an ancient Holloway which leads me in to North Chideock. The lane is very muddy and deeply rutted and I make my way gingerly along it.
I come across a lone early purple orchid. There could be others around but I've been concentrating so much on staying upright on the path that I haven't been paying much attention to the flora and fauna.
The lane turns into a shallow stream and then, suddenly, turns into a tarmac road which leads me into North Chideock.
I follow the road down into Chideock where I pass the church before alighting on the busy A35 again.
I head out of Chideock down towards Seatown before following a footpath which climbs up to Langdon Hill.
It's now surprisingly easy climbing to join the South West Coast Path up to the top of the mighty Golden Cap.
I enjoy the magnificent views on the summit, to the west overlooking Charmouth and Lyme Regis and to the east over Seatown and West Bay and onwards towards the Isle of Portland in the distance. It's much busier up here than I've ever seen it before.
Golden Cap was given by members of the National Trust and friends in memory of The Earl of Antrim, chairman of the National Trust from 1960 until his death in 1977.
I descend Golden Cap and head towards Seatown where you can find the Anchor Inn and where my lift awaits.
It is heaving with people, presumably flushed out by the glorious weather on this sunny Sunday.
FLORA AND FAUNA
Flora and fauna encountered on the walk today includes :-
- herb bennett
- wild garlic
- chiff chaffs
- a woodpecker
- great tits
- herb robert
- song thrushes
- long tailed tits
- orange tip butterflies
- early purple orchid
MARKS OUT OF TEN?
According to my phone I've walked 11 miles today which amounts to 24524 steps. It has been lovely walking the Dorset countryside today in the best weather of the year. Nine out of ten!
According to my Ordnance Survey app my total ascent today has been 451 feet or 137 metres. Really OS? Colmer's Hill is 417 feet high and Golden Cap is 642 feet high. The app has proved to be useless again!
Another app I use to track my walks gives a better indication of today's elevation.