The 11th October was International Earthcache Day and there was a Souvenir on offer from Geocaching.com for cachers that logged a find for an Earthcache today. So, we looked at the map and decided to do Agglestone Rock (GC1H8AM) which is on Godlingston Heath. We parked the car down at Studland in one of the carparks – we could have parked in a lay-by along the road but mum always needs a wee first so a carpark it was.
After a quick nip down to the public loos – and they get 10/10 for everything, well, so mum says… very clean and with non-touch flush button and water taps – we set off back up the road to find the start of the footpath. This is me and dad waiting for mum.
And here we are walking up the road to get to the footpath.
We passed by The Pig’s restaurant – he’s a big fat one isn’t he!
We like this type of ‘stile’ that is a kissing gate – they’re clever things that horses and cows haven’t managed to figure out yet.
Wow, look at the huge pile of hay these horses have got! I reckon the horses in our field would just stuff themselves silly and then have to lie down.
This was a nice footpath along a leafy green lane.
And this is where we are about to leave the woods and head off out onto Godlingston Heath.
On our way to Agglestone Rock.
It was warmer than we’d expected so fleeces were taken off and I decided to take a dip in the first bit of nice water we came across. And yes, I did wee in it afterwards. I always do, I don’t know why I do, but I do.
Look – there it is, Agglestone Rock – can you see it? That lump on the top of the hill!
It looks a long way but it didn’t take long before we were almost there! This is me climbing the steps on the final stretch before we got to the rock.
Phew, a quick look back at the view before we go to look at the rock. It was kind of hazy so the far distance isn’t very easy to see.
So, here it is! Agglestone Rock. And that’s me sitting on a bit of it. To claim the cache we had to take a photo to prove we’d been here and also answer some questions about the rock.
“This rock is made of a stone called Agglestone Grit, from the Eocene age. It is a good example of erosion of stratified layers of rock; as it was “left behind” when softer rocks surrounding it were eroded away by water and weather. It used to be a pedestal rock, sitting up like an anvil, but fell over onto one side in 1970. It now sits as a hill top tor, as it has protected the land just beneath it from erosion.
From the rock, there are fine views towards Sandbanks, Poole harbour, Studland Bay, and (with good weather) the Isle of Wight. There are signs of mans exploitation of the area over thousands of years, from Neolithic barrows, to stone quarries, clay extraction, bomb craters and current oil exploitation.” [words taken from geocaching.com]
Here is one of the fine views.
And here is one of the other side of the rock.
And the view from the side of the rock.
And the view from around a little bit.
We stayed for a while, talking to some other people that were there too, and then we thought we had better start heading back to Studland, so we carried on down a path on the other side of the rock.
We could see the rock for a long way, sitting on its spot, sticking out like a huge lump of rock. A man told us that when he was little he was told that the rock was thrown by Old Nick from the Needles on the Isle of Wight, at Corfe Castle, but he missed and the rock landed here instead. I don’t think anyone could have managed to throw that big stone so perhaps that story isn’t true.
See, it’s still behind us.
If we’d parked in one of the lay-bys along the road we’d have come along on a footpath from this side.
The footpaths get really big along this bit.
There are lots more footpaths across the heath but we didn’t have time to go exploring today.
Look, we can still see the rock.
But before too long the rock has disappeared and we’re back to the woods, on our way back to Studland village.
This is from the top of the hill – we can see the sea and the white cliffs in the distance.
And hey presto here we are at the bottom of the hill and down on the beach seeing the same cliffs.
Mmm nom nom, time for a bit of nourishment.
And then let’s go for a walk along the beach…. shall we go this way
Or shall we walk this way…
Let’s go this way.
Lots of smells in the seaweed and funny things on the beach.
And lots of lovely wet sand to run on.. and seagulls to chase!
Sand always makes me want to do zoomies!
These trees had fallen off the cliff and were covered in seaweed.
And here we are back again, in time for an ice cream in the sunshine.
Nom nom, I love ice cream! Mum let me lick her tub, she had honeycomb ice cream and it was very yummy indeed.
Walking always makes me thirsty so time for a quick drink before we set off for home… with just a quick detour to find one more cache in Wimborne! We picked up a travel bug at the weekend and it wants to get back to Slovenia so we figure he might stand a better chance at a Travel Bug Hotel and there’s a fairly new one in Wimborne. Perfect!
An earthcache, a souvenir for finding the earthcache on International Earthcache Day, a regular cache and a drop off for the travel bug to help him on his way… an excellent day don’t you think!