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South West Coast Path: Lyme Regis to Poole (9 Days & 8 Nights)

9 Days & 8 Nights 4.4 Read 5 reviews
  • Walk the Jurassic Coast from Lyme Regis To Poole.
  • Hunting for fossils on Charmouth Beach.
  • Golden Cap, the highest point between Lands End and Poole.
  • The birdlife at the Fleet, the UK's largest inland saltwater lagoon.
  • Durdle Door, a dramatic sea archway.
Walk this unique stretch of the South West Coast Path from Lyme Regis to Poole. Offering spectacular walking, this section takes you along the Jurassic Coast which gained World Heritage Status in 2001. It has a fascinating history dating back millions of years and you can search for traces of prehistoric animals and marvel at the rich beauty that encompasses this area of the Dorset coast. Turquoise bays, lagoons teeming with wildlife, dramatic rock formations and pretty villages are some of the highlights. Search for fossils at Charmouth beach and gaze at the formation of ‘The Fleet’, an inland calm and azure saltwater lagoon.

What To Expect

This section of the South West Coast Path takes you along the majority of the Jurassic Coast so you can absorb yourself in its unique history and search for fossils as you walk along the beach. Views are great all the way from secret coves to lagoons. With moderate to strenuous walking at times you will need to be very physically fit to fully enjoy this section of the SWCP.

Tour Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active trip.

Activity:

Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night

Ideal if you have an interest in:

Coastal & Island, National Parks & Trails

Inspiration:

  • Classic

Activity Level & Terrain

This holiday is graded moderate to strenuous overall. However there are some easy sections too, but you do follow the coast quite closely at times and so it does include some steep ascents and descents climbing up and down from the cliff top paths.

Navigation

The route is well way marked and easy to follow. We supply a detailed map and guidebook so you shouldn’t have any problem finding your way.

Accommodations

One of the highlights of this tour is the high standard of the accommodation. We specifically choose the hotels, inns, guesthouses and B&B’s to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay. They all offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food.

Single Rooms

If you require single rooms we would be happy to accommodate you, subject to availability. There is a single room supplement payable.

Solo Walkers

Solo walkers are welcome, but there is a solo walker supplement to cover the additional cost of luggage transfer.

Included
  • Overnight accommodations in guest houses, inn's, B&B's and small hotels
  • Breakfasts
  • Door to door baggage transfer
  • A detailed info pack, guidebooks and map
  • Emergency telephone support from our office in the event of a problem
Excluded
  • Lunches, dinners, snacks and drinks
  • Travel Insurance
  • Transport should you need to skip a stage
  • Travel to Lyme Regis and from Poole
Extras
  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk

When To Go

Favourite times are April, May and June when the spring flowers are out and September and October when the summer holiday makers have gone home.

Getting to the Start

By Air - Exeter International Airport is the closest airport and is served by Flybe and Easyjet from UK Airports.

By Rail/Bus - Trains run from London Waterloo to Axminster (2H45) and then you change and take the bus to Lyme Regis from here (20mins).

By Car - Lyme Regis is a 3H30 drive from London. There are some long stay car parks here but they can often be very busy in the summer months, so we always advise public transport as the best option.

Getting from the End

By Air  - Bournemouth International Airport is the closest airport and is served by a few different airlines such as Easyjet, Ryanair and Thomson. You could also fly into Bristol or any of the London Airports.

By Rail/Bus  - You can reach London from Poole by a direct train service which takes approx. 2H20.  

By Car - Driving to London from Poole takes approx. 2H20. However there is limited parking in Poole so we always recommend public transport.  If you need to return to Lyme Regis from Poole then the best way is to catch the train to Dorchester (20mins) and then the bus to Lyme Regis (1H30)

For train and bus schedules check the Traveline website. You can also check the Trainline website.

Luggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

General Information

The distances and ascent/ descents are approximations of the recommended routes. 

Firing Range at Lulworth

This section of the South West Coast Path passes a firing range in Lulworth which is only open on certain days of the week, please check with us before booking that the range will be open. You can call on 01929 404819 to get regular updates.

Equipment

Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Lyme Regis and overnight Day 2 Lyme Regis to Bridport 12.5 miles / 20 km Day 3 Bridport to Abbotsbury 11 miles / 18 km Day 4 Abbotsbury to Weymouth 15 miles / 24 km Day 5 Weymouth to Lulworth 11 miles / 18 km Day 6 Lulworth to Kimmeridge 7.5 miles / 12 km Day 7 Kimmeridge to Swanage 13.5 miles / 22 km Day 8 Swanage to Poole 7.5 miles / 12 km Day 9 Onward travel

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