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Walking the Dorset Coast Path and Lyme Regis

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Walking the Dorset Coast Path and Lyme Regis

Double / Single

£700 / £1021
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Tour Period

Start any day February to November

Tour Nights

6

Description of Twin/Double

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  • Most accommodation in Britain is charged on a Per Person basis (rather than per room basis). The price you see here for this tour is the Price per Person.
  • If you request a Twin Room there are two single beds (usually 3 feet wide) in the room.
  • If you request a Double Room there is one bed in which two people usually sleep (usually 4 feet 6inches wide).
  • Both the Double and the the Twin room are sometimes available for Single Occupancy (one person in the room), usually with a supplement to compensate the provider who would normally have received payment from two people.
  • If the accommodation offers Single rooms (one bed of 3 feet wide), this will normally be priced higher than half of a double or twin room. Unless space is limited in the village or accommodation we usually avoid these as the rooms tend to be older and less space to move about.

Tour description

A six centre inn-to-inn, village to village, self-guided walking tour along the beautiful Devon and Dorset Coast Path from Sidmouth to Portesham in Dorset, England. Two nights at Lyme Regis to enjoy the French Lieutenant's Woman and Jane Austen's Persuasion links. 6 nights bed and breakfast, 4 days walking, 1 relaxing day, luggage transfer, guide book and maps, taxi transfer from Portesham to Dorchester rail station.
This Explore Britain tour experiences one of Englands much loved South West Coast Path along the Devon and Dorset Coasts. You will enjoy a variety of walking with coastal scenery and villages on this section of the South West Coastal Path from the intimate little villages of Beer and Abbotsbury to the undulating cliffs of Golden Cap and the spectacular bank of Chesil Beach. You start at Sidmouth and walk eastwards to the delightfully named town of Beer. You now cross the River Axe and meander through the nature reserve to the village of Lyme Regis, made famous in the novel of Jane Austen in Persuasion and John Fowles in The French Lieutenants Woman. You will spend two nights here, allowing you time to walk down the famous Cobb (and perhaps wait for your ship to come in), enjoy the museum with its fossils. Or walk along the beach and find fossils similar to those collected by Mary Anning. Try some fish & chips and walk around the narrow streets. Now you ascend the Golden Cap before finishing at the busy town of Bridport. Much of the next section is easy coastal walking, dotted with the odd cream tea shop! You will appreciate the thatched cottages at Abbotsbury before leaving the coast to finish at Portesham.

You stop in country hotels and inns along the way, where accommodation is available in twin, double or single rooms, all with private facilities. Bed and Breakfast and luggage transfer and taxi transfer from Portesham to Dorchester rail station.

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Sample schedule

START: Sidmouth is 11 miles south of Honiton on the Dorset Coast.
FINISH: Portesham is about 8 miles west of Weymouth on the south coast.

DAY ONE: At Sidmouth. You may arrive anytime after 3pm. If requiring dinner this is usually between 7pm - 9pm both in hotels (booked in advance) and pubs (not included). Overnight at Sidmouth, Devon, England.

DAY TWO: Walking from Sidmouth to Beer. 8.8 miles (13.6km) and 1,200 feet of ascent. You walk through several combes before reaching the cliffs at Branscombe. From Beer Head you drop down into the delightfully named village of Beer. Dinner can be taken at any of the pubs in the village (not included in tour price). Overnight at Beer, Devon, England.

 

Sheep grazing in the meadow along the Dorset Coast Path. Walking the Dorset Coast Path and Lyme Regis. Image provided by Judy Calman

 

DAY THREE: Walking from Beer to Lyme Regis. 8.5 miles (13.6km) and 1,300 feet of ascent. You at last cross the River Exe into Dorset and through the undercliffs nature reserve to finish at Lyme Regis. Dinner can be taken at any of the pubs in the village (not included in tour price). Overnight at Lyme Regis, Dorset, England.

 

Narrow street in the Dorset village of Lyme Regis. Walking the Dorset Coast Path and Lyme Regis. Image provided by Judy Calman

 

DAY FOUR: Relaxing day at Lyme Regis. You are free to choice what you want to do today. You have time to walk down the famous Cobb (and perhaps wait for your ship to come in), enjoy the museum with its fossils, try some fish & chips and walk around the narrow streets. The town is famously depicted in the film version of John Fowles' French Lieutenant's Woman and Jane Austen's Persuasion, the resort's unique appeal wins her a deserved accolade as the Pearl of the Dorset coast - a gem in the Westcountry's holiday playground. Dinner can be taken at any of the pubs in the village (not included in tour price). Overnight at Lyme Regis, Dorset, England.

DAY FIVE: Walking from Lyme Regis to Bridport. 10 miles (16km) and 1,750 feet of ascent. You gradually ascend Golden Cap, the highest point of your route. On reaching West Bay you head inland to Bridport. Dinner can be taken at any local pub or restaurant (not included in tour price). Overnight at Bridport, Dorset, England.

 

Thatched cottages in the delightfully pretty village of Abbotsbury in Dorset. Walking the Dorset Coast Path and Lyme Regis. Image provided by Judy Calman

 

DAY SIX: Walking from Bridport to Portesham. 9.3 miles (15km) and 550 feet of ascent. Today is mainly along a level coastline as you approach the shingle beach of Chesil Beach. A quick cream tea stop at Abbotsbury before finishing at Portesham. Dinner can be taken at the local pub in the village (not included in tour price). Overnight at Portesham, Dorset, England.

DAY SEVEN: Departure. The tour finishes after breakfast at Portesham with a taxi ride to Dorchester rail station.

Travel Description

RAIL TRAVEL from LONDON to SIDMOUTH (NOT included in tour price): Honiton is the nearest rail station. There is a train service every two hours from London (Waterloo). Presently the 10:33am arrives 13:22pm (direct). The next at 12:33pm arrives 15:18pm.
If arriving from Heathrow take the Rail-Air bus to Woking and join the train there. You will require a taxi for the 11 mile journey to Sidmouth.

TRAVEL from PORTESHAM to DORCHESTER (included in tour price): You and your luggage will be collected after breakfast and transferred to Dorchester rail station.

RAIL TRAVEL from DORCHESTER to LONDON (NOT included in tour price): The 10:00am train from Dorchester South arrives London Waterloo 12:31pm (direct). The 11am arrives 13:31pm.

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Grade

C

Grade Description

GRADE C: Between 9 - 12 miles (14 - 19kms) a day (the occasional day may be shorter or longer than these depending on location of suitable accommodation). Strong waterproof walking boots are desirable. A strong waterproof Jacket and overtrousers are recommended to protect you from rain and cold winds. This tour goes through some areas of remote habitation, and high mountains. You will do up to 2500 feet of ascent and/or descent a day. You will be walking through Farm and walking on Trackless Moorland. You will start walking about 9:30am and finish at approx. 5pm.

For safety reasons, you must be extremely proficient if you intend to walk alone. We strongly suggest against this. Ask yourself can you walk for hours, in driving rain and low visibility, confident in your map reading skills and morale boosting abilities? A friend in need is almost essential.

These grades are for guidance only. For any grade, depending on weather conditions, it may at times be damp underfoot, so waterproof boots are preferable.

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I was planning to call this AM but decided to send a preliminary note beforehand. I wonder if you remember us? We have had several wonderful trips (thanks to you) in England and Scotland and we were fortunate to meet you in Edinburgh in 2002 when we were walking with our sons, Tom and Andy. And so we are planning another walk for May, this time with just Andy. We want to repeat 3 of our days along the southwest Coastal Path. Andy will be giving a paper at Exeter on May 19th and then will be giving it again in London on the 24th. He mentioned that he would like to spend the three days between talks, walking along the Coastal Path and he asked if we might join him. Now we loved that trip so much so we said "yes" and now I am checking with you. We thought we would start in Minehead and end at Woody Bay. How does this sound?

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