Another leg of our Dorset coast path walk. This leg is between West Lulworth and Arish Mell which is where our previous walk finished.
Climbing up out of west Lulworth on the coast path.
I think this is a clustered bellflower.
Speckled Wood butterfly.
Near Peplers point on the east side of the cove.
For a change a level part of the walk going east towards Mupe Rocks.
These features are moulds of gymnosperms which were early coniferous trees. On the way back we took a closer look at the Fossil Forest.
A military defensive position.
Mupe Bay. The large cliff ahead is our next challenge. Arish Mell is the gap in the cliff in the middle distance.
Looking back at Mupe rocks from near the top of Bindon Hill.
The coast path marker post at the top of the hill. Looking back along the coast to Lulworth.
This shot shows how precariously close to the edge of the cliff the path runs.
Common Grayling butterfly.
Looking down the other way across the army ranges. Old military vehicles lined up below.
The beach at Arish Mell with Worbarrow Tout in the distance.
Climbing back up now on our return to Lulworth.
A closer look at the military vehicles.
A dried out thistle head.
There were still a few Harebells around.
This shot shows that there has been a cliff collapse here. The beach is completely blocked.
There were quite a few of these large fungi in the fields. The largest were about 8” in diameter. They are Parasol Mushrooms.
Close to the eastern side of Lulworth cove is the fossil forest. There are steps leading down the cliff allowing you to take a closer look.
There are some interesting layers in the rocks. The much softer layer has been eroded in an amazing way.
A closer look at some of the gymnosperms.
This plant is rock samphire. It is edible.
This shot shows what are called the Broken Beds. An interesting jumble of rocks in random alignments. For an explanation follow this link.
Descending back into Lulworth with sun low in the sky over the car park.
Evening light on the cove.
The tree in this garden is full of old buckets. We wonder if they are the buckets that get left on the beach.