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The Jurassic Coast

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The Jurassic Coast

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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.

Evening meals and lunches

You can purchase evening meals either at the accommodation or nearby. When our event planners send you the schedule with itinerary you could prearrange directly with the accommodation or during the walk.

For lunches we would suggest bringing some of your own favourite snack bars and then asking the accommodation for a packed lunch for the following day and also supplementing that at stops en-route.

Accommodation

Accommodation is generally at B&B, guest houses and small hotels. Once booked in, your event planner will send you a list of your booked accommodation. It is possible to adjust according to preference at this stage so please mention it if you wish to change.

Dog-friendly

If you would like to bring your four legged friend, then we will do our best to source dog friendly accommodation. It is usually possible but if it were not, then we would suggest a change of date to enable it or offer a refund. There may be a small surcharge for the overnight stays. Therefore, once booked in, please alert your event planner that you would like to bring your dog and we can proceed from there.

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.

Need a guide?

If you would prefer to have a guide for your walk, even just for one day, then we are happy to help. We can provide a qualified leader (also first aid qualified) to lead your trek or on just one of the sections. Just ask us.
A guide can not only take the stress out of navigation, but you will also find them a great asset in terms of providing an insight into all things environment and nature.

At the end of your trip

Unfortunately, all good things come to an end at some point and when you arrive at Poole, you have one of several options. If you have not booked an additional night’s stay then we can transfer your luggage to a location of your choice. From there you may have onward travel arranged as per the ‘Getting There and Back’ tab above.

Some people like to treat themselves to a night’s stay in Poole at the end. And why not? You’ve earned it. You can arrange this as an optional add on with your event planner.

After you book

After placing your booking with us, you will in the first instance receive an automated email from our system confirming receipt of your reservation. If you don’t receive it, it is worth checking your spam/clutter folder.

In the process of placing your booking, you will generally set up an access password to our online gateway where you can review the details of the booking.

Your personal event planner will then be in touch with you to start to confirm the details. This contact will usually be taken up in the working day after receipt of your booking, but may, in busy times, take a little longer. The event planner will then liaise with you regarding the details of the course. If you have any specific requirements, please do mention it at this stage.

Dates and prices

For available dates please see the ‘build your trip’ option on the left hand side on desktops or at the bottom on mobiles. You can reserve your space via this route.

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 £45 per person per night (subject to availability)
  • Solo traveller supplement £45 per person per night
  • Odd group supplement £45 per group per night may apply if a single room is required.
  • 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.

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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.

    We will always endeavour  to accommodate you in the locations detailed in the above itinerary. Due to very high demand, some accommodation providers may occasionally have limited availability and so we may need to accommodate you in an alternative location, nearby. In this case, we will arrange a taxi transfer for you to take you from the trail to your accommodation and back again the following morning. We will notify you of this when confirming your booking.

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.

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
20+ years adventure organisation experience
Full liability & financial protection
Leading provider of high quality adventure challenges
Great team of staff to support you

Payment Terms

  • Deposit £199 - at point of booking

  • Balance due 10 weeks before departure