On a beautiful summer's day with a fresh cooling breeze our gang of 11 plus faithful dog set off along the cliffs above Durdle Door. We avoided the challenging undulations of the coast path to enjoy a more leisurely stroll along the back ridge whilst still enjoying the commanding views along the Jurassic Coast in both directions.
We emerged onto the coast path at the old coast guard cottages on White Nothe cliffs which are the highest in Dorset. Extensive views of Ringstead Bay below and the Isle of Portland across Weymouth Bay greeted us. Descending from the nothe we turned inland to cross the dairy in the valley to reach the inland ridge.
Ambling along the ridge through gushing wild flower meadows we enjoyed wide ranging views into the heart of Dorset before dropping down to the pretty village of Chaldon Herring for a quick pint and picnic. A walk down a lane lined with picturesque thatched cottages and flower filled gardens brought us to a hidden valley and a gentle climb back to our start.