Step back in time to an era when dinosaurs ruled the earth and where their fossilised remains are still being revealed among the crumbling cliffs of this fascinating stretch of coastline. Your itinerary includes some of the most famous geological features in England including Chesil Beach, the Isle of Portland, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door.
The Jurassic Coast in Dorset and East Devon is England’s first natural World Heritage site, displaying 185 million years of the Earth’s history along a stretch of spectacular coastline. This seven-day itinerary starts in Lyme Regis – 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, there’s an opportunity to take a circular walk around the ruggedly beautiful Isle of Portland.
Coastal / History / Food and drink /Geology
This itinerary is operated by Dorset-based Footscape, whose unrivalled local knowledge allows them to put together trails and histories which only a local operator can provide. Footscape has been providing holidays and tours in Dorset for over a decade and this experience allows their knowledgeable team to anticipate exactly what makes a great walking holiday.
Starting from Lyme Regis, the trail climbs the imposing Golden Cap – highest point on the south coast before the red sandstone hills gradually give way to the natural wonder of Chesil Beach. Further east, the rolling cliffs become white limestone and chalk, with spectacular formations such as Durdle Door.
Footscape accommodates walkers in a good village inns/hotels and the best available B&Bs and all rooms have ensuite/private bathroom facilities. There are two accommodation standards: A1: hotels/inns/upmarket B&Bs; A2: village inns/B&Bs. Superior A* accommodation in luxury small hotels is available on request.
The route is generally of moderate difficulty – averaging some 17km per day and sections of Day 2 and Day 5 include some strenuous climbs. This itinerary may be walked at any time of year although Day 2 and Day 5 not recommended at times of strong winds. Best times of year to walk it are May, June or September.
Excellent seafood – especially locally caught Dorset crab – is abundant on these sections of the path and will feature extensively on the menu in most local inns and restaurants. Look out for distinctive local ales like Palmers and the award-winning Cerne Abbas Brewery – with its unmistakable logo. Weymouth has a particularly vibrant nightlife scene at weekends in high season.
The official guidebook and map for the Trail are available from the National Trails Shop along with a wide range of gifts and other merchandise.
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