Monday, 27 July 2015

Keep the candle burning

The stunning Norman chapel of St Aldhelm's on the Purbeck coast near Worth Matravers is well worth the long walk from either west or east along the South West Coast Path. A place to cool yourself after the heat of a summers day, it has many delights both inside and out for you to admire. Sitting close to the cliffs, the views are stunning at this ancient Christian site.

I like the legend associated with the chapel. It is said that in 1140 a bride and groom were sailing round the headland, watched by the bride's father. A storm suddenly arose, the boat capsized and both were drowned. The desolate father is said to have built the chapel to their memory and a light was always to be kept burning to warn other sailors.

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