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Beer to Lyme Regis along the Jurassic Coast

A moderate walk (coast) starting and finishing in Devon, England, about 11.84km (7.36 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 4:00h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 154m (505ft)
Loss 77m (252ft)
Max. Elevation 110m (360ft)
Elevation (total) 231m (757ft)
Start
Beer, Devon
End
Lyme Regis, Dorset
Distance 11.84km
(7.36mi)
Duration ~4:00
Difficulty  
Moderate
Created by jessicacayatana on 24 Dec 2009
Enjoy a 5-6 hour stomp from the beautiful fishing village of Beer along the stunning Jurassic Coastline, incorporating beautiful sea views stretching along the horizon and thick woodland full of a variety of birdlife. The walk ends in the tranquil town of Lyme Regis, renowned for its seafood and friendly folk. It's definitely worth staying overnight to enjoy the tranquil seaside town the following morning. Easily accessible by public transport, this is a truly great day out.

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Waypoints

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To get to Beer, catch the X53 from Exeter Bus Station (also stopping at several towns and villages along the way). This bus goes every 2 hours and costs just under £5.00 for a single. Be sure to sit on the top deck so that you can take in the scenery and be the first to spot the seaside.
Once in Beer... About 0.48 km (~0.3 miles) from
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...take a little time to amble around the quaint fishing village before you head up the coastal path (accessed from the fishing port).
Seaton About 2.14 km (~1.33 miles) from
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Having walked by the sea from the start of Seaton (or along the rocks if high tide), follow the pier right to the end, then veer off to the left, following the coastal signposts. Make sure you stock up on food if you're low on supplies, as this is your last chance.
Once back on the coastal path... About 0.63 km (~0.39 miles) from
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... you will pass a Golf Club. The path then twists and turns ever so slightly before coming out into an open path with sea views once again. From here on, the path will take you straight to Lyme Regis, so navigation is simple. Bring your binoculars as the birdlife is pretty spectacular.
Heading into Woodland About 1.32 km (~0.82 miles) from
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The path has thus far been very coastal, with stunning views. From about here it heads into the woodland and remains so until just outside Lyme Regis, so make sure you take piccies/stock of the view and if it's lunchtime, enjoy your sarnies with a sea view.
Just outside Lyme About 5.19 km (~3.22 miles) from
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The path spits you out of the woodland and back onto a path with wonderful views of the coast again. Once on the outskirts of the town, you can either follow signs to the Town Centre, or to The Cobb (a picturesque area by the seafront).
When to go? About 1.56 km (~0.97 miles) from
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Being that the path is mainly through woodland, this walk would be best enjoyed in early spring when the bluebells are out, or during autumn when the leaves are changing. However, winter also has its advantages as we did this walk in mid-December and didn't pass a single soul along the way.
Lyme Regis: worth a visit. About 0.52 km (~0.32 miles) from
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I highly recommend Hotel 1 Lyme for a very warm welcome, a wonderfully comfortable and peaceful nights sleep as well as a hearty, locally sourced breakfast. Plus it is very well situated, only a stones throw away from the main high street and minutes walk from the bus stop for your return to Exeter.

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