Images from the Studland Peninsula, taken in March 2019, have been added to the Dorset gallery.
I had not made it out to this part of the Isle of Purbeck before, but quickly wish I had. Despite the cold north wind, the strong late-March sun and clear blues sky were evocative of long Summer days as we walked up the seemingly endless expanse of golden sand beside Studland Bay. The whole of the south coast from Sandbanks to Hengistbury Head stood hazy in front of us, and behind, the chalk stacks of Old Harry Rocks and the white cliffs of the Isle of Wight.
After reaching the tip of the peninsula, we turned inland, exploring a beach on the Poole Harbour side, where the retreating tide had wave patterns in the wet sand, before heading across the nature reserve of Studland Heath. Reminiscent of the New Forest at its wildest, but always with a glimpse of shimmering sea on the horizon and the Purbeck Ridge to the south, this is a great place for a stroll across the heather and listen to the birds warbling in the evening sun.