Whilst I've been at work, I've had a few opportunities to explore the Dorset coast on half day walks. It's a surprisingly wild coast in parts and very varied. In superb Spring weather yesterday, the walk along the stretch from Bowleaze to the White Nothe was truly beautiful. The air was alive with birdsong, and I had my first view this year of a Common Sandpiper - the migrants are arriving in force.
The view to the east was truly exceptional
The chalk cliffs of this part of the coast were dazzlingly white and contrasting superbly with a calm and very blue sea. This is the view from the headland of White Nothe looking over Bat's Head and Lulworth to the distant Purbeck Hills. The top of the detached arch of Durdle Door is just visible immediately beyond Bat's Head, which itself has a small arch
Looking down from the cliffs, the water was clear enough to see every detail of the reefs. I sat in the sun, enjoying the warmth and thinking what a great day it would be for sea kayaking. As if by magic....
First a double kayak passed, the air so still that I could clearly make out the voices and paddle splashes way below
And then four brightly coloured singles passed, all heading west toward Ringstead.. I lost sight of the lucky paddlers as they passed Ringstead, maybe heading to Weymouth. They (and I) were treated to a great day, a real hint of the summer to come.
I fairly caught the sun, my face was glowing during the eveening - one more colour to add to the day!