A Walk through the Ages :           

                   Dorset’s Jurassic Coast

The National Trails Jurassic Coast walk through the Ages

Footscape, in partnership with Visit England and England’s Great Walking Trails  introduces this National Trails Jurassic Coast walk.

The Jurassic Coast

The trail  follows the UNESCO World Heritage Site from the spectacular Undercliffs to the west of Lyme Regis eastwards to Lulworth  and the iconic sea stack of Durdle Door. To read more about  the history of Dorset please click here History of Dorset

For much of the way our trail follows the scenic South West Coast Path.

This section of the Jurassic Coast trail is around 64 miles (101 km). The walks are full of variety, combining spectacular coastal landscape of cliffs, caves, grassy ridges and stunning beaches with beautiful, rolling countryside. In terms of walking difficulty, we classify it as moderate overall, since it has some easy stretches, punctuated by a number of climbs and descents of varying gradients, some rather challenging and in quick succession.

There are miles and miles of dramatic coastline, mostly with no road or habitation between you and the sea. Indeed the only way to see most of it is on foot. We have also added a few inland loops, so that you can visit some picturesque villages and stop for lunch or refreshments in a traditional pub or tea shop. For our suggestions on where to eat along the coast please visit Food and Drink in Dorset

The Itinerary in summary

This National Trails Jurassic Coast walk is a seven day itinerary which starts in Lyme Regis, ‘the jewel of the Jurassic Coast’ with an opportunity to take part in a fossil walk before heading eastwards over Golden Cap, the highest point on the south coast with far reaching panoramic views to the picturesque, historic village of Abbotsbury. The trail then passes along the Fleet Lagoon to Weymouth then on to Lulworth taking in the geological wonders of Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove and Stair Hole before returning to Weymouth. On the final day walk around the ruggedly beautiful Isle of Portland.

Of course, a Footscape holiday can be designed to include only parts of the trail and walking a daily distance that suits you best.

 

The National Trail Jurassic Coast walk itinerary

DAY 1 ARRIVE IN LYME REGIS

Explore the historic town, using the Footscape town walk provided, including a walk out on to The Cobb. Perhaps take part in a pre-booked fossil walk with a local expert, or if time allows, walk through the spectacular Undercliffs to the west of the town. 8km / 5 miles

For more information about the fossils found along the coast and the best places to search for them please click here Fossils in Dorset

DAY 2 LYME REGIS TO WEST BAY

Walk east to Charmouth then follow the Monarch’s Way over Golden Cap – highest point on the south coast with spectacular views out over the English Channel. Descend to Seatown before continuing along the clifftops to the bustling little harbour of West Bay at the mouth of the River Brit. Overnight in one of the port’s welcoming inns. 16 km/101 miles

DAY 3 WEST BAY TO ABBOTSBURY

Follow a choice of routes along the iconic pebble strand of Chesil Beach or up on the ancient track of the South Dorset Ridgeway with its wonderful views along the coast to the Isle of Portland, Chesil Beach and the Fleet Lagoon. Explore the rich history of the medieval monastic village of Abbotsbury at the western end of the Fleet Lagoon, where hundreds of mute swans are resident at the swannery. Delve back even further into Abbotsbury’s prehistoric origins among the many burial mounds in the parish. 16 km/10 miles

DAY 4 ABBOTSBURY TO WEYMOUTH

Follow the meandering path along the landward edge of the Fleet Lagoon as it twists and turns through the rolling fields and woodland of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the historic old port of Weymouth. Part fishing part and part seaside resort, head for the lively waterside pubs around the harbour and nearby Hope Square to sample local ales and seafood. 23km/14.5 miles

DAY 5 WEYMOUTH TO LULWORTH

One of the very best sections of the entire South West Coast Path, this spectacular section takes in views of Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove and Stair Hole. There are some particularly steep ascents and descents on the way to Lulworth Cove, but these offer breath-taking views of the limestone arch of Durdle Door, the high cliffs of White Nothe and Weymouth Bay and Portland beyond. Return by bus for a second night in Weymouth. 17.6 km/11 miles

DAY 6 PORTLAND CIRCULAR WALK

A walk of dramatic, rugged cliffs, nationally rare plants, hidden coves and stunning views. Follow the Coast Path to the clifftop above Fortuneswell and admire the panoramic views. The coastal path then runs anti-clockwise around the Isle along old quarry tracks. Nature has reclaimed some of the disused quarries, which become a stunning mass of grasses and wildflowers in the spring and summer months. Stay overnight in Weymouth or Dorchester. 20.9km/13 miles

DAY 7 DEPART

Perhaps take time to explore either Weymouth or Dorchester, Dorsets historic county town Depart from Weymouth or Dorchester train station – both have direct links to London Waterloo

Accommodation & Services

The accommodation on this Inn to Inn walking holiday are of a good standard, but the number of rooms is limited at certain points of the walk and we strongly advise you to book early.

It is ideal for an active family holiday as there are great beaches and other attractions for your children along the trail.The price of your holiday includes, a full English breakfast each morning, our detailed trail guide (Footscape Trail Guide) and baggage transfers. We will also supply you with the relevant ordnance survey maps, with Footscape trails highlighted.

Please contact us to enquire about your Footscape Jurassic Coast National Trails walk.

Rates

 Double / TwinSingle
7+ nights..from £85from £120
4 to 6 nightsfrom £90from £125
2 to 3 nightsfrom £95from £130
Prices are per person per night and in £ Sterling

A2 – A comfortable B&B or simple village inn

A1 – A good hotel, inn or equivalent

A+ – A luxury hotel

Occasionally we may propose accommodation with a standard and price between A1 & A2.

10% discount for groups of 3 or more. For very large groups (10+), please contact us.

We can sometimes offer family rooms with special prices for children. Please give us details on the enquiry form

Rates

Double / Twin Room

7+ nights from £85
4 to 6 nights from £90
2 to 3 nights from £95
Prices are per person per night and in £ Sterling

Single Room

7+ nights from £120
4 to 6 nights from £125
2 to 3 nights from £130
Prices are per person per night and in £ Sterling

A2 - A comfortable B&B or simple village inn

A1 - A good hotel, inn or equivalent

A+ - A luxury hotel

Occasionally we may propose accommodation with a standard and price between A1 & A2.

10% discount for groups of 3 or more. For very large groups (10+), please contact us.

We can sometimes offer family rooms with special prices for children. Please give us details on the enquiry form

Jurassic Coastal walks trail Highlights

  • Fossil beaches
  • Golden Cap, the highest point on England’s South coast
  • The magnificent Chesil Bank
  • The rugged beauty of Portland
  • Durdle Door
  • Lulworth Cove
  • A succession of beautiful beaches

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