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This guidebook includes 30 walks on the Jurassic Coast of Devon and Dorset. Covering the coast between Exmouth and Bournemouth, these delightful routes range from 3 to 16 miles (5 to 24km), exploring and explaining the spectacular geology of this World Heritage area with clear, easily understood descriptions, cross-sections and timelines.
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The Jurassic Coast of Devon and Dorset, stretching between Exeter and Bournemouth, is a geological wonderland. Natural wonders like Chesil Beach, Durdle Door and fossils so numerous you'll be tripping over them, combine with southern England's rolling Downs, tiny villages, beaches and sunny summers to provide a stunning and awe-inspiring landscape to explore.
The 30 walks in this guide let walkers discover the best and most spectacular areas on the coast. The walks are between 5 and 25km (3 to 16 miles) and provide a range suitable for all abilities. The guide has been divided into areas: Devon's Red Beds, the Lias, Chesil Beach, Chalk walks (Lulworth and inland) and the Isle of Purbeck.
The geological descriptions are accompanied by strata diagrams, geological timelines, explanations of the creation of the various sedimentary rocks along the coast, and discussion of how and why the various formations formed millennia ago. The incredible - yet readable - detail brings these walks and the landscape alive. And yet, the routes can just as easily be walked for their own sake and the pleasure of rolling downs, high cliffs and beach sunshine.
As well as detailed descriptions for every walk, accompanied by OS maps, there are details on available parking, points of interest along the way (on rocks and other sights) and advice on the terrain covered. The general and geological introductions provide background on the region and the appendices give thorough information on local museums and information centres, cliff diagrams, a glossary of geological terms and a quick, look-up guide to the rocks of the Jurassic Coast. More than just a walking guidebook, this book is an invitation to explore and learn about this spectacular Natural World Heritage area.
Walk 8 Lyme Regis Undercliff
The route has reopened (Spring 2016) after being closed due to a landslip above Culverhole Point. The new, slightly diverted route takes in Goat Island (which isn't an island - see 'Insolated Strip' in the diagram with Walk 8). Thanks to Paddy Dillon for flagging this.
The cover of the guidebook refers to 'notes on the Jurassic Coast Path' which were not included in the final published book/ePub/Kindle.
We apologise for any confusion or disappointment but readers can now download Ronald's introduction to, outline description of and tips on the logistics of tackling the Jurassic Coast Path here.
|The Jurassic Coast|
|When to walk|
|Getting there and around|
|Staying the night|
|Maps and GPS|
|Safety at the seaside|
|Using this guide|
|The Great Unconformity|
|The Universal Formations|
|The drift of the continents|
|Eastwards is also ‘up’|
|1 Devon’s Red Beds|
|Walk 1 Budleigh Salterton and Woodbury Castle|
|Walk 2 Budleigh Salterton|
|Walk 3 Otterton, Peak Hill and the Otter|
|Walk 4 Sidmouth to Weston|
|Walk 5 Branscombe Mouth to Weston Mouth|
|Walk 6 Beer and Hooken Undercliff|
|Walk 7 Hartridge and Dumpdon|
|Red Bed Roundabout|
|2 The Lias|
|Walk 8 Lyme Regis Undercliff|
|Walk 9 Lyme Regis to Charmouth|
|Walk 10 Hardown Hill, Golden Cap and Seatown|
|Walk 11 Golden Cap and Seatown|
|Walk 12 Bridport to Seatown|
|Walk 13 West Bay and Burton Bradstock|
|Walk 14 Beaminster to Pilsdon Pen|
|3 Chesil Beach|
|Walk 19 Osmington shore and White Horse|
|4 Chalk Walks: Lulworth and inland|
|Walk 20 Cerne Abbas and the Giant|
|Walk 21 Dorsetshire Gap|
|Walk 22 Hambledon and Hod hills|
|Walk 23 Ringstead Smugglers’ Path|
|Walk 24 Lulworth Cove and Coast|
|Walk 25 Lulworth Cove and the Fossil Forest|
|5 Isle of Purbeck|
|Walk 26 Kimmeridge, Tyneham and Flower’s Barrow|
|Walk 27 Swyre Head and Houns Tout|
|Walk 28 Chapman’s Pool and St Aldhelm’s Head|
|Walk 29 Swanage: Durlston to Dancing Ledge|
|Walk 30 Ballard Down and Agglestone|
|The Isle of Purbeck Circuit|
|Appendix A Route summary table|
|Appendix B Indoor Geology: Museums and visitor centres|
|Appendix C Rock reference|
|Appendix D Glossary of geological terms|
|Appendix E Timechart: Cambrian period to the present day|
|Appendix F Rocks of the Jurassic Coast|
|Appendix G Jurassic Coast cliff diagrams|