Weymouth, Portland Bill, Durdle Door

Dogs in the rain
The view from my B&B room in Weymouth Saturday morning around 8am (yes zoom lens and a room with sea view very close to the beach). It didn’t look very promising so we headed to a cafe for a coffee and the Saturday Guardian. I think the dogs are more depressed because of the ridiculous jackets they are wearing than because of the rain.

A couple of hours later …

Dorset coast between Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door
… and it all looked much, much better. We decided to walk the one mile from Lulworth Cove to Durdle Door, and did not regret it. It is a pretty steep walk, up and down the cliffs, but the breath-taking views are so worth it. What a beautiful area.

Dorset coast between Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door
You can see Portland island in the background on the left. And with my zoom lens I could even spot Portland Bill.

Durdle Door
This is Durdle Door on the left, it has a nice beach down there that could easily be mistaken for a beach on the Caribbean. To get back to Lulworth you do have to climb the same hills, and I admit that my legs had a serious work out. A local ice cream and a view on Lulworth cove made me forget that rather quickly.

View from Portland Bill
On Sunday it wasn’t that sunny, but it was dry. We played a round of Pirate Adventure mini golf first in Weymouth (yes we are 12 indeed) which I lost big time. And after that we went back to Portland Bill. Not only because they have great scones with cream and marmalade there, but also because Bill was open this day for a visit. (Portland Bill, weirdly enough, is closed on Saturdays).

So we climbed the 159 steps to the top and had a view like the one above.

Bill's Eyes
Unfortunately it is not possible to get outside from the top of the lighthouse, there is no balcony like there was on the South Foreland lighthouse. So that was a bit disappointing, but it was good to see the lighthouse from the inside.

After a short visit to Chesil Beach, we ended our weekend with a meal in the pub before I took the train back to London.

When I came home I realised how relaxed my weekend had been, I had forgotten all my worries. It didn’t take long before they returned, I need to get back to planning my film now. The meeting with the casting director is at 6.15pm tonight.

10 thoughts to “Weymouth, Portland Bill, Durdle Door”

  1. Did your feet feel like pap after the 159 steps in Bill?? and what about your fear of heights? good to see you have a wonderful weekend.

  2. I have a very cheap (about Β£100) Tamron 70-300mm lens (for Nikon):

    http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/showproduct.php?product=254

    It is not superfast when auto focussing, but fast enough, and for me as an amateur it does its job very well!!

    I have to say, for this “dogs in raincoats” shot, they were just on the other side of the street and I was only on the first floor of the B&B, so did not need to zoom that much to catch them on a photo.

    Photo profs might advice you to buy a more expensive zoom, but I am quite happy with this one. It’s quite light (as in weight) too.

    (Did you ever buy your DSLR?)

  3. @Miek – no jelly legs this time :) Bill has fairly “fear of heights” friendly steps!

    My legs had more trouble climbing the cliffs near Durdle door, that was heavy work! But not scary either :)

  4. oh, those pictures are breathtaking – I want to go there immediately. I’m glad you returned rested, relaxed and ready to get back to work!

  5. Despite the weather I want to coem back to the UK. Looking at the pictures make me almost homesick. Is that strange, or what?

  6. @Pedro – good to see you back :) Did you have really bad weather when you were here?

    And no it is not strange, I think the UK has the most beautiful coast in Europe. It’s very addicting to go there.

  7. The weather was amazing. Almost every day between 25-30C. I love the country. Everybody seems so relaxed when you compare it to Holland.

  8. Ah, I love the coastline around this place. I did my geology field work around here and remember many happy college days laying on the sand in the sun when I should have been looking for beach cusps or fossils…

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