Fashion friend D and I ventured out on coastal hike on a super sunny morning, the kind of weather we are so getting used to now. D and I looked the part at the start, I think she even had a rucksack and I had trail mix. So with the whole hiking scenario we were. Led by the super fit and ever charismatic Jonny, that is of Jonny does Dinner and his equally fit and perky dog Ralph. Read more
Posts tagged ‘coastal path’
Beautiful day on Saturday. Super sun, super blue sky, super cliff walk, super wave like cliff top grass. Not so super landslip on the East beach. Right by that Broadchurch spot. That will ruin continuity for the next series, apparently on air later this year. Maybe they can use the end of the pier instead as the focal spot of the show, death by crab line? Read more
Beer is one of those picturesque Devon seaside towns where life is easy and modern times haven’t arrived yet. The beach has enough to keep everyone happy for a day: boat rides, fishing trips, cafes, playground, walks but still feel they are in an unspoilt spot. It is also compact, you can keep an eye on meandering children.
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Seatown is the perfect spot when you want to be away from the crowds but still have facilities. There is a pub (okay), a shop and loos. Perfect for a stop over on the coastal path walk. J and I parked at Langden Hill which is on the West side of Seatown; its a super quick and easy walk up to the Golden Cap to catch a view to die for with a 360 degree vista. Read more
There is something very appealing to me about West Bay. It is kind of down at heel on first impressions but full of hidden gems. One of which is the beauty of the towering cliff above East Beach and the vast expanse of beach running east towards Burton Bradstock. There is a short but very steep climb up to the top of the East Cliff and here you walk precariously close to the cliff edge with stunning views to Portland and glimpses of crashing waves at the cliff edge. The Burton Bradstock golf course runs along to your left, lookout for hole no 9 (see photo). The hardy can stride on to Burton Bradstock, the less so saunter back for refreshments at The Watchouse Cafe or Sladers Yard.
Branscombe is officially the longest village in Europe. It does certainly feel lacking a heart but this does not distract from its charm. The beach is dramatic with an amazing wide vista plus an okay cafe and shop. You can always be guaranteed plenty of space to roam at all times of year and huts are rentable , the finest looking ones are the chalets either directly on the beach or set up on the East Cliff at “Sea Shanty”. The hardy can join the coastal path here or just take a saunter up the East cliff for the stunning views.
- for chalets on the beach itself, Branscombe Chalet
- “Sea Shanty” Caravans on the cliff contact Peter Eagles 07764 929891 or get a list from the beach shop.
- cafe and shop closed Jan/Feb
- car park just behind beach
The Wessex Ridgeway is 137 miles (220kms) long and part of a prehistoric trade route which once stretched right across England, linking the Norfolk coast to the Devon coast. It now links the ancient stone circle at Avebury to the sea at The Cobb, Lyme Regis, following as near as possible the line of the ancient route. The final section of this, from Uplyme to Lyme Regis, is the easiest (level) and most beautiful (no roads) route in and out of town. Join it from the Town Mill in Lyme and follow the river to Uplyme. The only vague possibility of misdirection is at Middle Mill (you walk through a field of horses and will see the old Mill Wheel ahead), here you go over the footbridge and bear left. Uplyme has a really good local shop and a pub with a beer garden for refreshment.