A Short Walk in Lyme Regis
When you start anything new there is usually a defining moment. Something that makes you make a decision. The final straw in a job you don’t really like, a friend that introduces you to a new hobby or a conversation that sparks a business idea. For me starting this blog it was a walk – this short walk in Lyme Regis.
In May 2015 I dragged the family out for a free guided walk that was put on as part of the Lyme Regis Fossil Festival.
The route took us up to Ware Cliffs, which is also the start (or finish) of the 6 mile stretch of the South West Coast Path known as the Undercliff, between Seaton to Lyme Regis.
The walk was relatively short but also beautiful. How could I not know about it? That was my light-bulb moment. If I didn’t know about this, what else was on my doorstep waiting to be discovered.
So started a nearly a year of thinking before Flip flops or Wellies was born. For some reason it has taken me until now to put this into a post.
What is a Proper Walker?
In my head I like to think I’m one of those proper walkers who trek off over Dartmoor for the weekend or cover 10 miles of the coast path in a day. That may have been the case pre-children when I hiked around South America without anyone else to think about. However, these days a 2 or 3 miles with the dog is far more achievable.
It’s good to get outside and appreciate that walks can start from wherever you happen to be. I have learnt to take the chance while I can, even if that means a snatched hour while I’m being Mum’s Taxi.
Ware Cliffs From Holmbush Car Park
This is a “there and back walk” with a loop through the woods at the end (which is the best bit), about 1 ½ miles in total although can be extended further along the coast path if you want to.
Starting in the car park called Holmbush means you are already up the side of the cliff which is a bonus. Unless you want to tackle the extremely steep steps up or down to the Cobb Car park, then this is a fairly level walk.
There are a few steps at one point and some footpath gates.
Starting in Holmbush Car Park (DT7 3HX £2 all day) head to the bottom right corner. Then down along Pine Walk, a dead end road past houses. At the end of the road there is a footpath gate to go through.
Following the track signed Coast Path which heads along the cliff. Going left at the start takes you down hill to the Cobb car park via a series of steep steps which is another way to start or finish this walk.
Follow your nose though the heath – don’t forget to turn round to admire the view or sit on one of the well placed benches.
Keep going and the footpath runs around the front of a very impressive modern house.
Follow that and then the path joins a proper lane. Head along the lane, turn off this to the left where you see the first footpath sign for Chimney Rock. (update Aug 2018 – the part of the sign saying Chimney Rock was missing).
Have Fun in the Woods
Head off into the woods, past the little pond, up the steps then up and over until you reach the loppy tree. Stay and play!
The path loops left back onto the track. Once you’re done head left back towards the track and return the way you came.
A short walk with sea views, a jungle like feel and a really cool tree! Kids can release their inner dinosaur or pixie as they hide in the woods!
More Short Walks
If you are looking for other walks in and around Lyme Regis then you can head all the way out on the defensive wall towards Charmouth for wonderful views of the coast (take a look at these ideas for accessible walks in the area). Alternatively follow the River Lym from the Town Mill area which heads up to Uplyme and the Talbot Arms.