With spectacular scenery along the Jurassic coast Newlands is the ideal base for those who love to walk and want to discover what the Devon/ Dorset countryside has to offer.
South West Coast Path
The South West Coast Path runs the entire length of the Jurassic coast and offers walkers views of the stunning countryside and a birds eye view of of many of the coasts dramatic natural features.
The path runs for 630 miles around the South coast and would provide the ultimate challenge for the long distance walker. Few can tackle the whole 630 miles so the path is broken down into stages. The following stages follows the path from Seaton through Charmouth and onto Poole.
Seaton to Seatown - 14 miles
Short walk - Seaton to Lyme Regis Undercliff - 7 miles
Seatown to Abbotsbury - 12 miles
Short walk - Abbotsbury Hill Fort - 5 miles
Abbotsbury to Ferrybridge (Weymouth) - 11 miles or inland along the South Dorset Ridgeway - 17 miles
Isle of Portland Circuit - 13 miles
Short walks - Isle of Portland circuit part 1 - 3 miles
- Isle of Portland circuit part 2 - 5 miles
Fennybridge to Lulworth Cove - 14 miles
Short walk - Lulworth Cove and The Fossil Forest - 2 miles
Lulworth Cove to Worth Matravers - 13 miles
Short walks - Tyneham Village and Flowers Barrow - 3 miles
- Worth Matravers and St Aldhelms Head - 5 miles
- Durdle Door and White Nothe circular - 7 miles
Worth Matravers to South Haven Point (Poole) - 15 miles
Short walks - Dancing Ledge - 5 miles
- Studland Village to Old Harry - 2 miles
- Durlston Country Park's Clifftop Trail - 1 mile
Further details about the walks can be found clicking here, along with descriptions and details of the amazing natural and historic landmarks you will pass along each stage of the path.
Walks around Charmouth
There is a nice footpath walk from Charmouth to Wootton Fitzpaine along a tributary of the River Char and across meadows. The footpath starts in the centre of the village next to the Post Office and it's about a mile and half to Wootton.
The National Trust Golden Cap Estate
The Golden Cap Estate has over 25 miles of paths through unspoiled farmland, woods and along the cliff top. There are stunning views of the coastline from the top of Stonebarrow Hill and Golden Cap. There is a good, fairly strenuous walk along the coast path, over Stonebarrow Hill and Golden Cap, to Seatown or further to West Bay.
Stretching west from Lyme Regis to Axmouth The Undercliff is a National Nature Reserve and is one of the most important wildernesses in Britain with an important mix of habitats from dense scrub and woodland to open ground, with many special plants and animals. The whole reserve is formed from landslides which still occur today. The path from Lyme to Axmouth is about 8 miles. Some stretches are level and easy but there are also many unavoidable steep sections with rudimentary steps and exposed tree roots, it can also get very muddy.