South West Coast Path
Walking Holiday
South Devon, Dorset and The Jurassic Coast
Exmouth to South Haven Point/Poole/Bournemouth
12 nights and 11 days walking

Walking holiday on South West Cost Path with Let's Go Walking

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South West Coast Path with Letsgowalking.co.uk

South West Coast Path  South Devon , Dorset and The Jurassic Coast
   Exmouth to Poole
 12 nights and 11 days Walking holiday

Enjoy a 121 mile self-guided walking holiday on the south coast of Devon and Dorset on the Jurassic Coast. Visit the Victorian resorts of Sidmouth and Seaton and the famous town of Lyme Regis with its historic cobb. At Abbobsbury you can visit the Swannary and botanic gardens before finishing at Weymouth. The route also includes The Isle of Portland, Dorsets famous Lulworth Cove  and the seaside town of Swanage before ending at South Haven Point at the mouth of Poole Harbour. There is an option to walk on to Bournemouth or Poole.

Our self-guided walking holidays are designed with your comfort and enjoyment in mind and can be tailor-made to your own personal requirements.
The routes are clearly way-marked to provide reassurance on your hiking vacation.
We use high quality guest houses, inns or small hotels with en-suite or private bathroom to ensure you are well rested each night after a busy day hiking and sightseeing. Rest assured that all our accommodation walking holiday providers are hand-picked and offer you that famous British hospitality.
We organize the luggage transfer so your bags are at your next accommodation when you arrive.
Let’s Go Walking has developed one of the largest choices of walking holidays and our offices are staffed 9am to 9pm to ensure your walking holiday runs without a hitch.

This walking holiday in the UK operates March to October and in either direction.

The daily distances are only a suggestion. If you would like to walk longer or shorter distances, we can arrange that too.
Our stated distances include mileage to the accommodation or pickup point and so may not agree with the guide book mileages.

Rest days can be taken in any location.

Why not combine this walk with a hiking tour in another part of the UK or Ireland. Our staff will be happy to advise on necessary transfers.

Online booking available.
A deposit of £85 per person is required to secure the booking, with the balance due 6 weeks before departure.
Optional extra days and accommodation upgrades can be added during the booking process online.

Suggested Tour Duration:
12 nights, 11 days walking
Total Distance:
121 miles
Min/max daily distance:
7/13 miles
Average Daily distance:
11 miles
Grading:
easy to severe
Features:
Lyme Regis Undercliff
Abbotsbury Swanery and Botanical Gardens
Portland Bill
Lulworth Cove
Durdle Door
This route connects with:
Purbeck Way
England Coast Path

South West Coast Path  South Devon , Dorset and The Jurassic Coast
   Exmouth to Poole
 12 nights and 11 days Walking holiday
Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive at Exmouth
You make your own way to Exmouth in Devon. We can assist with transfers if necessary. Car parking is available for the duration of the walk.

Walking holidays in South Devon with Letsgowalking

Optional Day: Exmouth
Spend an extra day in Exmouth to relax and enjoy the town, take a train ride up the Exe Estuary to Exeter.

Day 2: Exmouth to Sidmouth.    13 miles     Moderate/Strenuous
This is the start of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. The path leaves Exmouth and makes its way to Budleigh Salterton. You cut inland briefly to cross the River Otter and then along the top of the characteristic red sandstone cliffs of Devon to Sidmouth.

Day 3: Sidmouth to Seaton  10 miles   Severe
Heading out of Sidmouth you cross the River Sid and make your way up to Salcombe Hill. Following an interesting zigzagging path along the cliffs you eventually come to the quaint village of Branscombe. Leaving Branscombe you walk through the Hooken Undercliff, a chaotic, jumbled wooded slope formed by a landslip in 1790, with red marls, yellow greensand and towers of chalk. After rounding Beer Head you walk through Beer and on to Seaton.

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Day 4: Seaton to Lyme Regis.   7 miles     Moderate
Walking through the Undercliff between Seaton and Lyme Regis is like being in a jungle. The rocky shores of Lyme Regis and Charmouth are famous for yielding fossils from the Jurassic period.

Optional Day or Days in Lyme Regis
Spend an extra day or days in Lyme Regis to relax and enjoy this historic seaside town

Day 5: Lyme Regis to Burton Bradstock.    11.5 miles    Strenuous
The Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre down at the beach is full of fossils and is worth a visit. The cliffs are unfortunately very unstable and so the coast path is a little way inland but still affords great views of the Isle of Portland.

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Day 6: Burton Bradstock to Abbotsbury.  8 miles   Moderate
The cliffs here give way to the long pebbly beach of Chesil Bank. The pebbles are bean-sized at this end of the beach, and gradually get larger until they are potato sized on the Isle of Portland.

Optional Day in Abbotsbury: visit the swannery and botanical gardens

Day 7: Abbotsbury to Weymouth.   13 miles      Moderate/Easy   upgrades available
On leaving Abbotsbury the path, surprisingly, does not go along Chesil Beach but works it way over rolling hills, through fields and past woodlands a little way in from the coast. Then it follows the shores of West Fleet Lagoon until reaching Ferry Bridge, where a narrow spit of lands connects with the Isle of Portland.

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Day 8: Isle of Portland.    13 miles     Moderate
From Portland Bill you can see more the of coast path than from any other point on the path. On a clear day you can see Start Point in the west and Dulston Head in the east, a distance of 160 miles, over one quarter of the South West Coast Path!

Day 9: Weymouth to Lulworth Cove.   12 miles   Strenuous
The South West Coast Path leaves Weymouth around Weymouth Bay to Osmington Mills. Leaving Osmington Mills the path soon reaches Burning Cliff, named after its oil shale burst into flames in 1826. On past Bat’s Head and the world famous Durdle Door. The stunning Lulworth Cove is one of the South Coast’s most famous views. At Lulworth the South West Coast Path connects with the Purbeck Way.

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Day 10: Lulworth Cove to Kingston.    10 miles    Severe
From Lulworth Cove the path enters the Lulworth Ranges tank training areas which has fossil remains of an ancient forest some 135 million years old. At Kimmeridge Bay you will see the rare sight of a ‘nodding donkey’ oil pump which has been pumping oil since 1959.

Day 11: Kingston to Swanage.  10 miles   Severe   upgrades available
At St Alban’s Head there is St Aldhelm’s Chapel and an interesting radar memorial on the headland. This part of the coast path has caves and ledges created from the quarrying of Purbeck Marble. At Durlston Head there is 40-tonne stone sphere carved into the shape of the world.

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Day 12: Swanage to South Haven Point/Sandbanks or Poole or Bournemouth.   7.5 or 12.5 miles      Moderate
On leaving Swanage you head towards The Foreland with its chalk pinnacles known as Old Harry Rocks. You can now see Bournemouth and the Isle of Wight in the distance. From the ferry across the mouth of Poole Harbour to Sandbanks you can see Brownsea Island, famous for its red squirrels. You stay overnight in Swanage again, taking the local bus back to Swanage (payable locally). Or you could walk on to Poole or Bournemouth, an extra 5 miles.

Day 13: Depart after breakfast
We can transfer you to your car or station.

South West Coast Path 13 day itinerary
Exmouth to South Haven Point/Poole/Bournemouth

11 days walking and 12 nights

Suggested Itinerary:               
Day 1: Arrive Exmouth
Optional Day in Exmouth
Day 2: Exmouth to Sidmouth                  13 miles     Moderate/Strenuous
Day 3: Sidmouth to Seaton                     10 miles   Severe
Day 4: Seaton to Lyme Regis                    7 miles     Moderate
Optional Day in Lyme Regis
Day 5: Lyme Regis to Burton Bradstock.    11.5 miles    Strenuous
Day 6: Burton Bradstock to Abbotsbury        8 miles   Moderate
Optional day in Abbotsbury to visit Swanery and/or botanical gardens
Day 7: Abbotsbury to Weymouth              13 miles      Moderate/Easy
Day 8: Isle of Portland                                13 miles     Moderate
Day 9: Weymouth to Lulworth Cove          12 miles   Strenuous
Day 10: Lulworth Cove to Kingston            10 miles    Severe
Day 11: Kingston to Swanage                        10 miles   Severe
Day 12: Swanage to South Haven Point/Sandbanks or Poole or Bournemouth   7.5 or 12.5 miles      Moderate
Day 13: Depart after breakfast

£1,080pp
dbl/twin

£1,428pp
single occ

£1,488pp
solo traveller

All prices subject to change

Optional Accommodation Upgrades for
South West Coast Path Exmouth to South Haven Point/Poole/Bournemouth

Can be added when booking online

Subject to availability              Supplement per person per night

Weymouth
Hotel Rembrandt

double/twin
£55.00

single
please ask

What’s included
in your UK walking holiday
on the South West Coast Path

  • accommodation at high quality guest houses, inns or small hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
  • room with en-suite or private bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities
  • daily luggage transfer
  • support should there be any problems on route
  • detailed itineraries
  • guide book
  • Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 maps

Optional Extras
for your UK Walking Holiday
on the South West Coast Path

  • upgrade to the region’s most elegant, prestigious and famous hotels, where available
  • transfers back to car or station
  • parking facilities
  • rest days
  • inn to inn walks
 

What’s not included
in your UK walking holiday
on the South West Coast Path

  • lunches and dinners
  • travel insurance

Lunches and Dinners
These are not included.
Evening meals
These are available at overnight locations, either at your accommodation or in the town/village.
Packed lunches
These can be provided by your accommodation or can be obtained from a local store, or cafe or inn along the route.

Holiday Travel Insurance
We require that you take out holiday insurance as Let’s Go Biking Ltd accepts no liability for the following:
cancellation, personal accident, illness, loss/theft of personal possessions and/or money, and any unforeseen circumstances, especially travel delays.

This is in addition to our existing
booking conditions.

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How to get there:

  • By Plane to Exeter where we can arrange transfer to Exmouth
  • By Car to Exmouth where parking is available
  • By Train to Exmouth
  • By Bus to Exmouth

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