Tuesday, 23 April 2002

Coastwalk , South West Coast Path

Seaton → Lyme Regis

[Undercliff nature reserve]

Distance: 7.0 miles
Ascent: 482 metres
Duration: 3 hours 21 minutes

The 'Rainforest'
« Sidmouth | West Bay »

If there's one thing that gets me into trouble, it's over-preparation. I'd read so much about the first six miles of today's walk. A six-mile path with no exits. Six miles below the cliffs. Six miles of land that's continually shifting. A place where each year new chasms and crevasses are created. These are all the things I took in. I conveniently ignored the talk of the wonder of the Undercliff, of its unique characteristics, its beauty and peace.

Undercliff is a huge area of landslip. The path winds through dense woodland where the view changes every minutes and vines hang between the trees. I'm told it provides a unique habitat for a variety of wildlife, but I was so concerned to get to the end that I didn't really stop to look. It's certainly the most unusual place I've walked, and perhaps one to return to and explore further.

[Entering Dorset]

Once out of the nature reserve, the path widens again and before long crosses the brook that marks the boundary between Devon and Dorset. There's a field to cross before dropping down to sea-level once more where The Cobb stretches its arm out into the sea, providing shelter for the town of Lyme Regis.

A short walk, a slow walk, but a fascinating one.

Rewalked on 3 April 2009.

Posted by pab at 21:52