Charmouth to Seaton and back to the capmsite – 13 miles
Catch the bus from Seaton to Charmouth. We knew that the first part of the walk today might be diverted but we were hoping not – however, it still is so between Charmouth and Lyme Regis is mainly road walking.
After a ‘nice cup of tea, dear’ on the front at Lyme Regis we begin a walk which takes us through a nature reserve, a wooded area of 7 miles with very few views- however, the flora and fauna are really interesting and the birdsong is tremendous. It’s a little slippy in parts but we’re quite pleased when we reach the end in 1 hour 50 minutes, having been warned that it could take 3-4 hours to get through.
Came across some Stinking Iris flowers today – seems quite an inept name for such a lovely flower but, when you crush the leaves, they smell a little bit like roast beef! I’ve often noticed them in autumn when they produce clusters of orange berries but haven’t really noticed them before in flower. Loads of different butterflies around now also.
This evening we had a meal with some friends from our London days. David and Madeleine. It was great to catch up with them again after quite a few years but, as it was our younger years we spent together, it felt strange to be talking about retirement plans – ‘Who knows where the time goes?’