Back to the coastal path this week and choices of where to go. The south west coastal path is vast, and it can take a good 90 minutes or more to get to its furthest points to walk. Naturally I’ve picked off lots of the nearby spots and some of the good spots, but recently I’ve tried to branch out further whilst still leaving some near spots should I need to walk in winter nearer to home and not drive as far. This walk pushes my south eastern edge of walking (the south Devon and then Dorset coast) further east, as I head towards Lyme Regis and Bridport. I’m finding now that I have at least an hour and 15 minutes drive to most of the places to walk, whether that be north Cornwall (Boscastle area), South East (Seaton area) or west to the Roseland Peninsula. Early starts are key in order to get there and get walking. This time I went east to a place I’d finished my coastal path section in before heading back to Sidmouth, this was Branscombe Church. The plan was to head to Seaton, about 8 miles ish all around, and it provides another surprise on the coastal path, which is rarely known about, unless you do a bit of digging. Hooken Landslip happened over night one day in 1790, the 15 million tons of cliff slid down hill and revealed some fine stacks of rock, both left on top of the cliff and down below. Walking through this is like no other I’ve seen on the coastal path, it feels a bit Jurassic World, Heavily wooded and the towering cliffs above show all their lines and years of history. Its a great walk with plenty of places to stop and refresh and with a village called Beer, its worth a stop.
Start – Branscombe
Route – Branscombe Church – South West Coastal Path – West Cliff – Branscombe Mouth – Hooken Landslip – Beer Head – Beer – Seaton Hole – Seaton – Seaton Hole – Vicarage – Branscombe
Distance – 8.5 miles Start time – 9.20am Time taken – 4hrs 40mins Highest Point – West Cliff 105metres
Weather – Mainly cloudy, some sun and a teensy bit of drizzle at the end