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Your trek takes you along the beautiful Jurassic Coast, England’s first Natural World Heritage Site. Stretching 95 miles between Old Harry Rocks in Dorset to Orcombe Point in East Devon, the Jurassic Coast is the most geologically diverse coastline in the world.
The sections of the cliffs left exposed allow you to look back through 185 million years of time. Using the South West Coastal Path we hike 23 miles over two days, visiting an old war villiage, a tiny chapel and the magnificent Globe, an enormous limestone sphere engraved with an 1880s world map.
With fabulous views and some astounding glimpses into history, this challenging weekend trek is not to be missed.
Day 1: Meet Campsite
We meet at our campsite near Wool, Dorset, in the early evening for dinner and an evening briefing
Day 2: Durlston Head – Kimmeridge (Trek approx. 14 miles)
We set off from Durlston Head, on the cliffs above Swanage. Taking pause at the Globe, an enormous limestone sphere engraved with a world map, we take in the views along the hilly coastline.We pass old quarries and our route reveals hidden bays and ledges with access to the sea, before climbing sharply. Spying Kimmeridge Bay in the distance, we can look forward to paddling and fossil-hunting in its amazing rock-pool.
Day 3: Kimmeridge – Durdle Door (Trek approx. 9 miles)
We keep to the coast and enter Lulworth Ranges – despite the military presence, this firing range is abundant in wild fauna and flora. We continue along the steep contours of the cliffs, with remarkable views over Worbarrow Bay. Time permitting, we detour to the poignant village of Tyneham, deserted in the 1940s. As we approach famous Lulworth Cove, our first view of this almost perfectly circular bay is breathtaking. Take in the twisted rock formations before conquering our last steep uphill, over the crumbling cliffs to Durdle Door. This clear arch in the rock was carved out by the pounding waves and it’s an outstandingly beautiful place to finish our tough yet exhilarating weekend trek.