South West Way 4
Dorset Coast Path

  • Route:
    Seaton to Sandbanks
  • Grade:
    Moderate to Strenuous
  • Distance:
    96 Miles (154 Kms)

  • Walking Days:
    8 Days, Walking 12-14 Miles A Day

From Seaton we follow the coastal path as it extends eastwards towards Lyme Regis. This section is quite strenuous walking which includes the famous landslide, now a nature reserve. From Lyme Regis to Charmouth is a Fossil hunters paradise. Then on to the 627ft (191m) headland of sandstone known as Golden Gap, the highest point on the South Coast of England, giving splendid views all round. At Abbotsbury, the famed Swannery and nature reserve are worth a visit. The Chesil bank becomes evident and with it the first sight of the Isle of Portland, a former Naval Base. An optional extra day walking around the island can be included in the walk. After Weymouth, the walking is strenuous from Osmington Mills as you approach Durdle Door to Lulworth Cove. If the ranges are open the walk follows the cliff, otherwise there is a detour. At Kimmeridge Bay the nodding donkey pumps oil from the shale. The last night is spent in Swanage and the walk ends along the beach at the Sandbanks Ferry.
Chapmans Pool

Chapmans Pool

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