28th September 2018
A much cooler morning for our walk from Lyme Regis to Seatown, probably more comfortable for walking though. Parked up in Lyme and set off to face that big hill out of town!
Due to recent landslips in this part of the magnificent Jurassic coastline there was a coastal path diversion that took us through steep hilly woodland (slippy underfoot) and a fair amount of road walking too. The diversion signs weren’t always great and caused some ‘discussion’ at times …. but we made it through to Charmouth where the diversion ended.
We stopped for some refreshments in Charmouth and looked out over the beach where many fossil hunters were head down, busy in their search. I hope they were successful – I have since been informed by our fossil expert Airbnb host, Paddy, that this long hot summer has seen many visiting hunters and a depletion of fossils + this spell of mild weather again is not causing the erosion required to unearth a new supply. Paddy says that most people go home with something though.
The weather started to improve, the sun particularly shining in full force every time we were dragging ourselves up a hill – and we faced a few of these again today. Quite a momentous climb out of Charmouth and the path was pretty close to the cliff edge, the nearest we’ve been on this section – stunning views as always.
And then with 6 miles under our belt we came across the spectacle of ‘Golden Cap’ – at least it gave us an honest view of what we were about to face … and we knew that we had only a few miles left. So up we went … and up and up … stopping for a couple of bench and jelly baby breaks on the way. And then we had the pleasurable long stroll down into the coastal hamlet of Seatown – our destination for today.
We still then however had to walk a mile up the road to Chideock to catch a bus back to Lyme Regis. Great bus though – The Jurassic Coaster – the X53 – plush seating with tables and even mobile and laptop charging points!!
And we’ve now checked into a fabulous Airbnb in Silver Street, a cosy self-contained room, with cooking facilities and en-suite – just the job. The only drawback is iffy wifi connection … so it might take a little while before I get this published!