The Buckfast Millennium Pilgrimage 2018

Day 7: West Lulworth to Dorchester

This morning's walk offers stunning views of the Jurassic coast and across to Weymouth and Portland. To get those views you have to work, with ascent-decent on repeat. Pick a steady pace and enjoy the views. St Catherine-by-the-Sea has the graveyard with the best view ever! After lunch we turn inland, with a long climb after Osmington up White Horse Hill, then rolling countryside into Dorchester.


Pilgrimage Newsfeed - Day 7


Early morning hall scene. nor2747


John caught taking a photo of the church (John is responsible for the majority of pictures in this diary). Simons, Aidan


That would be this picture. John Chenery


Holy Trinity, West Lulworth awaits us Aidan Simons


"Laudato Sii" ... and it looks like Deirdre is lining up a picture ... John Chenery


Music for Mass at West Lulworth Deirdre


Front Markers climbing from Lulworth Cove Aidan Simons


The view ahead - with the Isle of Portland on the skyline Aidan Simons


Meanwhile as the frontmarkers stride ahead, my fellow backmarkers Louise, Clare and Malcolm have made it back from the church to West Lulworth Village Hall. Soon we caught up with pilgrims pausing for coffee in the village. John Chenery


The view back makes the climbing worthwhile Aidan Simons


Lulworth Cove Maurice Hickman


Cliff View near Lulworth. Maurice Hickman


10 mins from bottom to top Jim Brodie


Another look back. Are they following us or are we superfast front markers? Aidan Simons


Great walls of chalk rising from the sea Aidan Simons


Raven on south coast cliff. Geoffrey Simmins


The backmarkers make the epic climb away from Lulworth Cove John Chenery


Deirdre at Durdle Door. Maurice Hickman


Catherine and Deirdre at Durdle Door. Maurice Hickman


En route to Dorchester 7th day: the most fantastic day Sarah Style


Leslie Winiarski Durdle Door Arch (not Dumbledore) in the morning sun PolishPilgrims


Climbing away from Durdle Door Lawrence Doyle


Lawrence Doyle


The epic climb from Durdle Door to Swire Head - 2018 edition ( (see the 1996 diary)) John Chenery


Lawrence Doyle


Lawrence Doyle


Leslie Winiarski Nick's contemplating the view PolishPilgrims


Lawrence Doyle


Top of the third epic climb (so far) John Chenery


What is to come (This is the view from where Nick was standing.) John Chenery


Cliff Scene. Maurice Hickman


Looking forward to lunch at the Smugglers Inn, Osmington Mills. Maurice Hickman


another forward view John Chenery


Waiting for the stragglers to arrive, to start outdoor prayers as St Catherine's, Holworth nor2747


Pilgrims leaving surprise outdoor prayer stop at St Catherine's, Holworth John Chenery


St Catherine's from the road. John Chenery


Fr Tony lunching at the Smugglers' Inn Lawrence Doyle


Lawrence Doyle


Lawrence Doyle


Frontmarkers Bridget, Aidan and Geoffrey flanked by Clare and Deirdre outside the lunch stop John Chenery


The Smugglers Inn is in a sheltered spot John Chenery


Front Marker's perspective of the Osmington White Horse (picturing King George III, cut in 1808) Aidan Simons


St Osmund Church, Osmington Bernie Magee


The ladies in St Osmund, Osmington gave us tea and cake. John Chenery


The Osmington White Horse: backmarkers' perspective. John Chenery


Bruce, Howard and Hazel serving our dessert John Chenery


Pilgrims discussing next year's route are looking at maps of Lincolnshire and Yorkshire... John Chenery