Walking the Jurassic Coast

Due to it’s unique fossil strata, the Jurassic Coast has remained an unmistakable fixture of British coastline. For over 200 years fossil collectors have come hunting in their droves, but there’s also fantastic hiking to be found in England’s first natural World Heritage Site.

Highlights
  • The distinctive horseshoe shape of Lulworth Cove, and its beautiful stretch of beach
  • Visit the most southerly point of Dorset at Portland Island, known for its dazzlingly bright limestone rock
  • The world famous fossil hunting spots of Charmouth and Lyme Regis
  • Cross one of Britain's most important wilderness areas at Undercliffs National Nature Reserve
  • The views from Gold Cap, the highest cliff on the south coast of England
  • Chesil Beach,  an 18 mile pebble beach separated from the mainline by Fleet Lagoon
  • 8 nights
  • 69 mls (view km)
  • Lyme Regis, Soutwest England
  • Moderate
  • Mar to Oct
  • £755

Walking the Jurassic Coast

The coast itself covers 95 miles/152 km from East Devon to Dorset, its structure charting 185 million years of history on Earth. We begin the trail at Lyme Regis, a welcome home to such authors as Jane Austen and Thomas Hardy, as well as John Fowles, whose novel “The French Lieutenant’s Woman” is set in Lyme Regis.

We reach the cliffs at Charmouth, famous for their dense fossil deposits. A complete Plesiosaur (think of the Loch Ness Monster) was discovered here in 19C and you might well find your own 100 million year old fossil if you look carefully (If unsuccessful visit Charmouth’s Old Forge fossil shop, surprised perhaps that Bill Gates buys his fossils here).

From the headland, you are rewarded by the spectacular orange sandstone cliffs of Golden Cap – the highest point on the south coast with a panorama of amazing far reaching views in all directions.

Descend to West Bay and walk straight into Broadchurch! Here is the striking location of the television drama, attracting a record 9 million (armchair) viewers to the wonderful backdrop and enchanting little harbour town, Bridport.

Hiking Long Stretches of Pristine Coastline

Chesil Beach, extends 17 miles along the coast and is one of the finest barrier beaches in Europe, protecting an important nature reserve. Across the banks, colourful pebbles fluctuate in size - from gravel to golf balls. Experienced night fishermen can tell where they are on the beach, just by the size of the stones beneath their feet!

You stay in the beautifully preserved village of Abbotsbury, which has no street lighting and a medieval tithe barn still in use as a storehouse.

Abbotsbury has the oldest managed swan population in the world. For over 600 years a colony of mute swans has been living at Abbotsbury Swannery set up by medieval monks as a food source.

The final part of the walk rises and dips along the cliffs above the natural arch of Durdle Door, and down to Lulworth Cove – a perfect horseshoe bay ringed with magnificent cliffs. Our trip concludes along the chalk cliff tops to famous Old Harry Rocks, standing like guardians of this unique stretch of beautiful coastline on our Jurassic Coast Walk.

Female hiker walks the South West Coast Path along cliffs and headlands near Tintagel Cornwall England UK

Step Out Onto The South West Coast Path

Got a taste for hiking Cornwall? The Jurassic Coast is another captivating section of The South West Coast Path - a walking route that clings to the entire coast of Cornwall. From St. Ives, Lands End to the Lizard Peninsula, we have itineraries that take in the most memorable of Cornwall's walking routes and coastal scenery.

To see the full range of itineraries on this path, view our South West Coast Path Walking Holidays here.

 

Path Walkthrough

Jurassic Coast walk map
Our Jurassic Coast walking route steers a close course to the southern coast of England

The Geoneedle at Orcombe signals the start of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site, on a walk through open field, woodland and pristine coastline. On a predominantly coastal route, there are some inland sections, particularly through Undercliffs National Nature Reserve, where the path can become quite uneven underfoot.

From the cliffs you have an uninterrupted view over the horizon over the English channel, and there are some fantastic vantage points from the cliffs along this route, but steep descents and ascents can prove strenuous in places. We suggest you under-estimate your walking ability rather than over-estimate, to allow for variable weather conditions and the undulating nature of the coast path.

 

Walk Gallery

Our Jurassic Coast Walking Holiday Itineraries

Prices are per person, based on 2 people sharing, single person supplements apply.

Lyme Regis to Langton Matravers

Length: 82.7 miles/ 133 km | Difficulty: Moderate

Code
Duration
Start Price
SWCP J1
8 Nights / 7 Days
£755

Lyme Regis to Langton Matravers

8 Nights / 7 Days
Holiday Code: SWCP J1
Price: £755 (pp)
Solo walker supplement: £50 (pn)
Single occupancy (groups): £35 (pn)
DayLocationDistance
Day 1:Arrive Lyme Regis
Day 2:Seaton to Lyme Regis7 mi
Day 3:Lyme Regis to Eypes9.5 mi
Day 4:Eypes to Abbotsbury10.2 mi
Day 5:Abbotsbury to Weymouth*14.5 mi
Day 6:Weymouth to Lulworth11.5 mi
Day 7:Lulworth to Kimmeridge**7.5 mi
Day 8:Kimmeridge to Langton Matravers9 mil
Day 9:Depart Corfe Castle / Swanage

Itinerary Information: 8 nights accommodation with 7 walking days. Arrive in Lyme Regis on day 1, walk from day 2 and depart from Langton Matravers - Collection point on morning of day 9.

Departure Dates: This itinerary can be walked any time between Mar to Oct. You simply choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

Rest Days: Should you wish, rest days can be taken at stops along the route, view details.

What's Included: view full details.

Back to all itineraries

  • What's Included?

    We include:

    • Good standard accommodation at a mixture of Guesthouses, Farmhouses, local Inns and B&B’s with en-suite/private facilities wherever possible
    • Breakfast
    • Luggage transfers (one bag per walker, max 20kg per bag)
    • Personal transfer between accommodation and path where necessary
    • Walk Pack including Trail Guide and OS mapping, itinerary, accommodation details/directions and holiday planning
  • Price Info.

    Solo walker supplement: £50 per night.

    Single occupancy supplement within a group: £35 per night.

    Where singles are walking as part of a larger group and are willing to share a Walk Pack, single room occupancy supplements apply.

    Rest days: From £55 per person per night.

    Postage overseas: £5.00 (Europe), £10.00 (Rest of the World) per walk pack

    Bank holidays & short notice bookings may incur extra charges.

  • Getting There

    There are train stations located in Axminster and Swanage - www.nationalrail.co.uk

    There is a bus service from Axminster to Lyme Regis or we can arrange a taxi collection (approx. £25).

  • Best Time to Travel

    The area along the Jurassic coast experiences some of the more temperate weather found in the UK, whilst being less affected overall by harsh winds blowing over from the Atlantic.

    That the Jurassic Coast could be taken on at any point in the calendar is quite reasonable. However, if you want to get the most out of this walk, we would recommend travelling between Mar - Oct.

    Avg Sunshine Walking Jurassic coast                                                           Avg Rainfall Walking Jurassic coast                                                            Avg Temperatures Walking Jurassic coast

Enquire About Jurassic Coast

  • Would you like to receive further information from us on offers, updates and new destinations? These can be stopped at any time.