Jurassic coast

The Challenge

The Jurassic Coast trek will cover the section between Lyme Regis and the Isle of Portland, part of the South West Coast Path trail. An ideal training walk, this trek in the stunning landscape of the South West coast path is a fantastic experience. On this challenging 3-day trek along the Jurassic coast keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife such as dolphins, butterflies and maybe even a puffin or two, look out for ancient fossils and enjoy the vast cliffs and blue sea along this spectacular route.

Itinerary

Day 1 (Fri 5th June): Lyme Regis
Arrive in the old town of Lyme Regis for a night in a comfortable hotel and a briefing on the next few days (we are able to arrange collection from Weymouth if you wish to leave your car at the end of the trail). (Meals: none)

Day 2 (Sat 6th June): Lyme Regis - Abbotsbury (16.4 miles / 8 hours)
After a hearty breakfast we embark on the first stage of our trek along the South West Coastal Path. This section of the South West Coast Path has suffered significant damage due to coastal erosion so a short transfer to Charmouth will be required to take us to the start of the trail. The first half of this section is spectacular with a tough ascent to the top of Golden Cap, the highest point on the entire south coast of England, giving incredible views over Lyme Bay to Dartmoor and ahead to the Isle of Portland – our final destination. As you continue you will approach the immense sandstone cliffs of West Bay with steep ascents and descents before reaching the ridge of Chesil Beach, an extraordinary Site of Special Scientific Interest stretching 17 miles to Portland. As you finally reach Abbotsbury, the hundreds of mute swans at the Swannery will be a remarkable sight to end your day before dinner and a good night’s rest. (Meals: breakfast, packed lunch, dinner)

Day 3 (Sun 7th June): Abbotsbury – Weymouth (12 miles / 7-8 hours)
The South West Coast Path climbs inland from Abbotsbury, passing high level fields with interesting views over Chesil Beach before it drops back to the Fleet Lagoon. Look out for the diverse range of animals, birds and plants on your way until the urban landscape of Weymouth comes into view, making the final few kilometres of the day before our route across to the rugged Isle of Portland tomorrow. (Meals: breakfast, packed lunch, dinner)

Day 4 (Mon 8th June): Weymouth – Isle of Portland (15.1 miles / 6-7 hours)
Our last day takes us on a circuit of the dramatic and rugged cliffs of the Isle of Portland. Centuries of quarrying and a strong military presence has left its mark on the natural landscape and offers a glimpse into history for this part of Dorset. The undulating cliffs provide stunning views over the coast towards Weymouth and you can watch the rock climbers take advantage of some of the best climbing routes in the South West of England. The trip ends late this afternoon, in time for you to either head back home or, if you wish, we can arrange overnight accommodation in Weymouth. (Meals: breakfast, packed lunch)

N.B. This itinerary may change due to unusual weather patterns, wildlife movements, military use, and the ability of the group and so on. We will do our best to keep to the set itinerary however we cannot be held responsible for changes that might occur outside of our control. In all such circumstances your guide and tour leader will have the final say in the interest of the health and safety of the group.

What is included
  • Luggage transfer
  • Accommodation in basic hostels/guesthouses
  • Tour guide
  • Different Travel tour manager
  • All meals as per itinerary
What is not included
  • Drinks, laundry and personal expenses
  • Spending money
  • Transport to/from Dorset
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance
Trip Dates

5th - 8th June 2015

Tour Price

£380

OR

£100 plus £560 sponsorship for any UK charity

Which payment option?
Sponsorship

This option is for those who wish to raise sponsorship to cover both the costs of the trip (flights, accommodation, food, guides etc) and a donation to their chosen charity. There is a minimum sponsorship amount for each tour that you are required to raise in order to participate.

  • There is a registration fee payable at the time of booking.
  • The minimum sponsorship must be paid to the charity 12 weeks prior to departure.
Self-Funded

This option is for those who choose to pay the tour costs (flights, accommodation, food, guides etc) themselves. There is no sponsorship required although if you wish to raise sponsorship for a charity you are welcome to do so.

  • A registration fee is payable at the time of booking.
  • Tour cost balance is payable to Different Travel eight weeks prior to departure.
The prices vary - please refer to individual tour pages for exact pricing.
Trip Difficulty

Moderate to challenging

This trip is graded as Moderate to challenging

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