At the beginning of Stage #78 of our Coastal Path we had to walk from Worth Matravers back to Winspit Quarry. It was foggy today, giving an eerie, ghostly feel to the place. I felt as if I should be casting nervous glances out to sea, looking for abandoned ghost ships appearing out of the mist!
Even so, I couldn’t resist going back inside for a final look. I chose one of the many entrances and eyed it carefully. One block in particular, just above and to the left hand side, seemed ready to fall at any moment. One day, I am sure, I will be reading about some poor person in the newspapers who had been standing underneath one of these blocks at just the wrong time.
Inside the roof was not held up by the giant stone pillars hewn out of the rock which we had seen in another cave during our last walk. This time all that seemed to be holding the roof from collapsing on top of us was a haphazard arrangement of stacked blocks. It did not fill me with confidence to see gaping holes in the ceiling with a scattering of boulders on the floor underneath!
As we left we saw a memorial. It read, “In memory of Alastair Ian Campbell Johnstone, drowned at Winspit August 19th 1935. He loved birds and green places and the wind on the heath & saw the brightness of the skirts of God. Born 1917, Died 1935″.
Points on this part of the walk (copy and paste the co-ordinates into Google Earth):
- Winspit Quarry: N 50° 35.020 W 002° 02.080
Walk #78 Statistics (of which this post forms the first part):
- Date of Walk: 9 April 2015
- Walk #78 total distance covered: 10.63 miles
- Coast of Britain Walk Total Distance Covered: 661.63 miles
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