They called the detached land that fell away Goat island and it became a very popular excursion for the Victorians. The farmers soon realised that they could make some money out of it and started charging the visitors and providing teas! Since the 1950's this area has been a nature reserve and has Britians largest self-sown Ash forest. It is a challenging walk through the wilderness, with the path having many twists and turns throughout its 7 mile (11km) length. There are no diversions off the path and the walk takes about 3-4 hours.
This house was abandoned but nature has found a new use for it.
It is so different to other coastal walks in Dorset with only a few glimpses of the sea, although the sound of the waves crashing against the shore can still be heard in the distance.
Our path took us through dense vegetation, the tall ash trees and oaks providing shade from the sun and the undergrowth being covered in bracken, ferns and ivy. It has been called England only jungle.
However this ringlet butterfly was more obliging.....
There are over 400 species of wildflowers that have been recorded in this area alone!
|Clematis vitalba (Old man's beard)|
The land is home to badgers, foxes and adders, as well as the butterflies, we even caught a glimpse of a buzzard overhead.