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The Jurassic Coast (Self-Guided)

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The Jurassic Coast (Self-Guided)

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Walk this spectacular part of the South West Coast Path from Lyme Regis to Poole. This section takes you along England’s first World Heritage Site – the Jurassic Coast. In just a few short days you will travel through millions of years’ worth of enthralling history, experiencing incredible geology and amazing scenery. This path is a walker’s paradise, with ascents to rising cliffs and descents to hidden coves.

Quick Facts

  • 6 nights’ accommodation
  • 6 days’ walking
  • Luggage transfers each walking day
  • Map and guide book plus detailed directions to your accommodation from the trail
  • Expert local knowledge and 24 hour emergency assistance during your trip
  • 76 miles (122km) and 13008ft (3965m) of ascent

About & Details

Spanning 95 miles from Exmouth to Old Harry Rocks, the Jurassic Coast is England’s only natural UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of Britain’s most popular tourist destinations. The Jurassic Coast is a feast for the senses, encompassing azure waters, quaint villages and incredible geology. Rocks and fossils from the Triassic, Jurassic & Cretaceous periods that you will find along the way give you the opportunity to experience the Jurassic Coast’s fascinating history dating back millions of years and what’s more you can take a piece home with you as well!

We take the stress out of your trip with expert local knowledge, hand-picked accommodation, luggage transfers and detailed support to help you find your way. You will need full walking kit including a waterproof jacket and trousers, a small day sack and comfortable walking boots. You will receive a more detailed kit list upon booking. This trip is based on 2 people sharing, so if you are a solo traveller please contact us for further details and we will be happy to help.

Inclusions

  • 6 nights’ accommodation in a good quality B&B or hotel with ensuite or private bathroom and breakfast
  • Luggage transfers each walking day
  • Map and guide book plus detailed directions to your accommodation from the trail
  • Expert local knowledge and 24 hour emergency assistance during your trip
  • Professional event organisation
Exclusions
  • Travel to the start and finish points of the trip
  • Lunches and evening meals
  • Personal insurance (for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects)
  • Guiding (please contact us if you would like this trip to be guided)

Optional Extras

  • Single room supplement £55 per person per night (subject to availability)
  • Solo traveller supplement £45 per person per night
  • Odd group supplement £35 per group per night
  • Extra night prior to start (single room) £95 per person
  • Extra night prior to the start (twin room, needs 2 people) £75 per person
  • Extra night at the end of the event (single room) £95 per person
  • Extra night at the end of the event (twin room, needs 2 people) £75 per person

Please select from Optional Extras at checkout.

Getting There and Back

Getting There

By road:

  • Routes from the north: M5, A37, A3066, A30, A358, A35 & B3165
  • Routes from the east: A30, A354, A338, A303, A31 & A35
  • Routes from the west: A30, A35 &A3052

By public transport: The main train services from Waterloo to Exeter stop at Axminster. From here there are then bus links to Lyme Regis.

By air:
The nearest airports are Bristol, Exeter & Bournemouth International.

Getting Away

By public transport: There are frequent train services running direct to London which take approximately 2 hours 30 minutes. 

By air: The nearest airport is Bournemouth International airport which is served by a number of different airline.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Arrival in Lyme Regis

    Arrive at your accommodation in Lyme Regis

  • Day 2 - Lyme Regis to Bridport

    As you leave Lyme Regis and begin the walk, the path heads inland and edges around the remains of the largest coastal mudslide in Europe. Upon descending to Charmouth Beach, ensure to take some time to hunt for some of its famous fossils! From here the path follows the cliffs along to Golden Cap – at 191 metres this is the highest point on the south coast of Great Britain. After reaching West Bay, the path once again heads inland and follows the River Brit to the attractive market town of Bridport. Be sure to check out the only thatched brewery in the UK!

    12 miles (19km) and 2657ft (810m) of ascent.

  • Day 3 - Bridport to Abbotsbury

    Departing from Bridport, the path swiftly returns to the coast. Continuing on to the picturesque village of Burton Bradstock, look out for the iconic sandstone cliffs which mark the start of the Chesil Beach – an 18 mile long shingle barrier beach, the site of many shipwrecks in days gone by. Then follows a climb to reach the village of Abbotsbury, your stopping point for the evening. If you have time, pay a visit to the Swannery – the only place in the world where you can walk through a colony of nesting Mute Swans.

    10 miles (17km) and 787ft (240m) of ascent.

  • Day 4 - Abbotsbury to Weymouth

    Today the path leaves Abbotsbury and heads uphill over open countryside. The highlight today is the Fleet Lagoon, the largest inland tidal lagoon in Britain. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest owing to the fact that it is home to a rich variety of wildlife both in and out of the water – a nature lover’s dream! Continuing on, look out for Ferry Bridge and the views across to the rugged Isle of Portland. The walk ends today in the seaside town of Weymouth – consistently recognised in the top ten beach destinations in Europe.

    14 miles (23km) and 1112ft (339m) of ascent.

  • Day 5 - Weymouth to Lulworth

    The walk becomes progressively harder today as you climb up out of Weymouth and along the cliff tops.  As a reward for your efforts, the impressive sight of Durdle Door awaits – a natural limestone sea arch which is one of Dorset’s most photographed landmarks. Admire Lulworth Cove and its crystal clear waters before descending to Lulworth for your overnight stay.

    11 miles (18km) and 2080ft (634m) of ascent.

  • Day 6 - Lulworth to Worth Matravers

    Today’s walk is one of the toughest sections of the entire trip, so be prepared for some challenging walking. The route heads through a military firing range between Lulworth and Kimmeridge. It is one of the highlights of the Jurassic Coast but can only be used when the range is not in use. If firing is taking place, there will be a diversion available. Next up on the route is Kimmeridge Bay where you will find fossils aplenty. Finally, the path heads down and inland to the charming village of Worth Matravers.

    15 miles (24km) and 4055ft (1236m) of ascent.

  • Day 7 - Worth Matravers to Poole

    Today is the final day of your walk along the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. With St. Aldheim’s Head behind you, head across the cliffs to Dancing Ledge where you will see a small swimming pool that was carved into the rock at the start of the 20th century. Next on the list today are Durlston Country Park and National Nature Reserve. From here, carry on towards Swanage where you will be treated to amazing views of Old Harry Rocks and the Needles on the Isle of Wight. After passing Studland Bay you will reach South Haven Point where you will find a commemorative marker, celebrating the end of the South West Coast Path. You will then need to catch the ferry to Sandbanks and on to Poole where your walk with us will end.

    14 miles (23km) and 2316ft (706m) of ascent.

Disclaimer

Please note: This itinerary is a guide only. It can be subject to change dependent upon viability, course members’ fitness, weather conditions, accommodation availability, or for any other reason that may be deemed necessary. Any timings are approximate and for guidance purpose only.

Payment Terms

  • Deposit £199 - at point of booking

  • Balance due 10 weeks before departure

Why book with us

We know you have a choice of companies providing trips for your next adventures. Here are some of the reasons you should choose to travel with Maximum Adventure:

  • We are an established adventure travel business
  • We have been trading since 2002
  • We are financially protected in accordance with the 1992 travel regulation
  • Knowledgeable and available office staff
  • Qualified leaders and guides with ascents ranging from Ben Nevis to Mount Everest
  • All activities are risk assessed
  • We will provide you with the best service available
  • We are aware this is your holiday/your challenge and will do our best to make it an enjoyable and rewarding experience
  • We have many repeat clients stretching back over a number of years
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