Monday, 13 August 2012

Sea Views from Durlston Castle

At the end of our walk, we found a shaded tunnel of trees that passes through the clifftop wood at Durlston, and followed the path to the Country Park`s new centre at Durlston Castle.

 The castle was once a Victorian folly built by a local stonemason and landowner but has now been converted into a wonderful centre for visitors. An educational area gives colourful and accessible information about the geology and natural history of this part of the Dorset Jurassic Coast. There is a restaurant with views across the bay. There is a shop and an art gallery displaying the work of local artists and sculptors.

From the Castle terrace, the sea views were stunning. Across the calm sea we could see Peveril Point in the foreground with the chalk cliffs of Ballard Down and Old Harry Rocks in the middle distance. Far across Poole Bay to the east were the clifftops of Bournemouth and the coast stretching along to Hengistbury Head.

Here are distant and closer views across the Channel, to Tennyson Down and the chalk Needles on the the western tip of the Isle of Wight.

A wildflower garden by the terrace hummed with insects. White discs of yarrow mixed with daisies, grass and purple vetch against the bright summer blue of sky and sea.


angryparsnip said...

Such lovely photos today.
I would love to walk through a tunnel of trees.

cheers, parsnip

Bovey Belle said...

Those photos are nearly as good as being there, but you make me want to bundle Keith in the car and start driving all the same . . . We still miss Dorset so much.


Stunning photos ... I do love the wildflower ones. I just love Yarrow ..its scent reminds me of my childhood home, we seemed to have masses of it growing in the fields around us.
Thanks for the idea of elderberry & apple jelly...sounds good if I can beat the birds to the berries!

Vicky x

Crafty Green Poet said...

what a lovely area of coastline...