“I’d discovered the kayak and breakfast morning whilst looking for local fun events to help me explore the Dorset countryside and coast line. There are a few boxes I like to check when looking for weekend activities; outdoors, scenic and a workout.
It was an early start to be at Knoll Beach for 8am but I’d soon slid myself into a wetsuit and joined the 20 or so other day-trippers and locals taking part.
The beach was covered with seaweed which made for a crunchy then spongy walk to the shoreline with the kayak especially with no scuba shoes! Soon enough though, I was in my kayak and reminding myself how to get myself moving.
With the wind behind us, our group coasted along the bay quite pleasantly, taking in the sights of the old and sea worn beach huts, and a World War 2 pillbox, an uncommon sight given the Dorset coast's involvement in WW2 training.
Slowly the beach broke into cliffs from the Cretaceous period, which led all the way to Old Harry Rocks, one of the most famous sights in Dorset. The water was shallow and clear and despite the overcast weather the cliffs were illuminated.
At the base of the cliffs next to Old Harry, we were able to explore the "beach" make from smoothed rocks from natural erosion. Here we were able to swim and explore the rocks, jump in the water and swim about. It was wonderful to finally be up close to the rocks which have dominated my view as a resident of Bournemouth and Poole across the bay for a lifetime.
After resting our arms, we clambered back into the kayaks, circled Old Harry and continued towards Swanage before cutting back through a cave and back into Poole Bay. The wind had picked up on the other side, and we were now battling against it, the taste of bacon on our lips.
As we neared the beach the wind calmed and we slid towards the sand with the sun on our backs and the birds singing. What a wonderful way to start the weekend!”
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