South West Coast Path - Dorset Coast

72 miles (115kms) from Lyme Regis to Poole Harbour
8 nights; 7 days walking

A switchback route along the top of towering cliffs all the way from Lyme Regis to West Bay; easy walking on beaches, shingle banks and field paths between West Bay and Osmington Mills; a challenging roller-coaster of chalk downland which ends abruptly in massive cliffs all along the coast of the Isle of Purbeck between White Nothe and Foreland Point; beaches and colourful, wildlife-rich Dorset heath between Studland and South Haven Point on the shore of Poole Harbour.


Durdle Door from the beach


Highlights include the famous Cobb at Lyme Regis; the views from the top of the Golden Cap; The Swannary at Abbotsbury, and the 15th century St Catherine’s Chapel; the world-famous Chesil Bank and the Fleet Lagoon; the towering rock arch of Durdle Door; the tranquil circular lagoon of Lulworth Cove; the crescent sweep of Worbarrow Bay; the view of Portland Bill from Flowers Barrow; the exhilarating climb to the top of Houns-Tout Cliff; the charming town of Swanage; the chalk sea stacks of Old Harry Rocks; the Norman church in Studland; and the steel sculpture at South Haven Point which marks the end of the South West Coast Path.


Chalk sea stacks at South Haven Point


To give you a 'taster' of the landscape take a look at the beautiful aerial photography in this short video.

Approximate daily distances:
  •  Lyme Regis to West Bay - 10 miles (16 kms)
  •  West Bay to Abbotsbury - 10 miles (16 kms)
  •  Abbotsbury to Weymouth - 14 miles (22 kms)
  •  Weymouth to Lulworth Cove - 12 miles (19 kms)
  •  Lulworth Cove to Kimmeridge - 8 miles (13 kms)
  •  Kimmeridge to Swanage - 13 miles (21 kms)
  •  Swanage to South Haven Point (Poole Harbour) - 8 miles (13 kms)


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Travel information - start

Rail: Axminster
Onward travel: Public bus

Travel information - finish
Rail: Poole
Onward travel: On foot or taxi

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