A walk on a fine sunny day along the Chesil Bank on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast is a wonderful, if tiring, experience even if you only travel a few of its 17 miles length.
All the senses are assailed.
Beautiful views, in strong reflecting light, of the pebble beach, the seafoam-flecked blue-green sea, and pale blue cloudless sky. The squint of sun on your face and in your eyes.
The feel of the slipping, sliding pebbles beneath your feet – the ache in your muscles after you have been walking for five hours on the shingle. The warmth of sun-baked smooth pebbles in your hand.
The all-encompassing roar as the sea crashes ashore, flinging yet more stones onto the terraced banks. The scream of thousands of pebbles as they are dragged back under water by the retreating waves. The gulls.
A walk in this fabulous place can bring rewards of spiritual as well as physical well-being.
P.S. Quiddles Cafe at the end of the promenade in Chesil Cove is a great place for a well-earned refreshment break at the end of the beach walk – or any other time!
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