Jurassic Coasteering off Dorset’s Jurrasic Coast Activity Overview Venue: Jurassic Coast Activities URL: www.jurassiccoastactivities.co.uk Cost: approx £50pp Location: Lulworth Cove, Dorset (Grid Ref: 50.618695, -2.249728) [mapsmarker marker=”44″] The Context Following a successful coasteering adventure last year, Explorers from
Jurassic Coasteering off Dorset’s Jurrasic Coast
- Venue: Jurassic Coast Activities
- URL: www.jurassiccoastactivities.co.uk
- Cost: approx £50pp
- Location: Lulworth Cove, Dorset (Grid Ref: 50.618695, -2.249728)
Following a successful coasteering adventure last year, Explorers from Alton planned a similar Scout Expedition. Our intention was to arrive at Buddens Scout Campsite on Friday night, pitch, eat, sleep, coasteer on the Jurassic Coast, chill, eat, sleep, breakfast and then come home. A spanner was thrown in the works two weeks before we departed when the providers of our activity, Land and Wave, told us they had to cancel our booking. Having already booked Buddens and received money for the trip from our unit members (and those from another unit in our town), the mission was on to fix this problem.
The result is a trip that has blown us away with the most exciting scouting experience that we could imagine!
We thought Coasteering is just about jumping off cliffs in to the sea. Our new hosts, Jurassic Coast Activities (JCA), showed us that it is much more than this.
Jurassic Coast Activities
With nothing but a Google search and Tripadvisor testimonials to guide us, we booked our group in with JCA. The company is not the cheapest provider in the area. Right then, it was the most available provider for our timeslot!
JCA’s base sits by the main car park in Lulworth Cove. Easy to find with plenty of parking, it was only on reaching the water that I was able to realise how perfect a setting this was.
Lulworth Cove is idyllic. Its thatched cottages, a hotel, a fudge shop and a bohemian artist selling painted shells line along the tiny road in and out. At the end of the road, a stony bay curves in front and around with a small portal for boats to enter the cove. Boats of all shapes patiently enjoy a slow pace of life.
I’m pretty sure the Famous Five will have had many adventures right here!
Wearing wet suits, buoyancy aids, helmets and gloves provided by the activity company, 16 youngsters and their leaders waddled the short distance to the water’s edge. As you would expect, the first task is to get wet and practice the ‘low entry’. A clumsy belly flop in to the water. We rafted up (forming a circle holding on to the person next to us). Then, task #2: a forward roll. I guess this is to check that everyone is a) up for a laugh and b) is able to cope with water-based tasks. Task 3: backwards roll. A challenge more challenging than you would expect! Wet suits and buoyancy aids do not make for great athletic wear.
In smaller groups we set off swimming in to a cavern. Jump number 1 needed a gentle climb. A splash quickly followed the step off the rock. We did this again but used a slightly higher platform. We were careful not to smack heads on the now-closer rock above our heads.
This was coasteering as I knew it. It was only after this second jump that it became something else. We were led in to a tunnel, a tight low tunnel. As the route narrows, we were told to look back. It was then that we were treated to the sight of illuminated blue water against stunning ancient rock formations. It was a sight that took minds off the reduced space and the fact that as waves fed in to the tunnel, the space available reduced. As the tunnel widened even more of the stunning rock formations were displayed.
Now sold on this venue for coasteering, the treats continued. We had been told to bring trainers to wear in the water. It can’t be stressed enough how good these trainers need to be! We began to go rock climbing. One face offered very little grip and challenged several of the group. But the jump was great. “Look to Portland, not down” were the instructions. The rock face has a great view of the infamous quarry. Needless to say, you still looked down. The jump platforms were getting higher.
Throughout the time there were more times climbing, then traversing and jumping. We traversed low, with feet around or just under the water line. It offered the reward of, when you lost grip, falling backwards in to the soft sea.
Another tunnel, this one starting with non-returning slide down into a narrow water flow. Again, the view from inside made the daunting apprehension subside. Rocks are stunning.
The final jump was a monster. Huge. Ridiculous. And, I am sure, higher than anything that I have jumped off before. But so much fun. It’s amazing how much you can think about while airborne before you hit the water.
It was out of necessity that we used JCA for our coasteering camp. It was the best outcome that we could have hoped for. The time on the water (well over two hours) was greater than with previous providers. The walk to and from the water from base was only minutes (previously it was at least ten). And the instructors knew the area and the type of activities that would both excite and challenge a group of teenagers. Lulworth Cove is a picture-postcard place that is the icing on the near-perfect cake. We highly recommend coasteering at Lulworth Cove, with Jurassic Coast Activities.
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Provider Licensed with ALAA? Yes, JC Activities Ltd