A spectacular guided walk through the Undercliffs National Nature Reserve, led by Jurassic Coast Ambassador Donald Campbell, Natural England’s Tom Sunderland and local botanist Dr. David Allen.
Meet at Steppes Lane, Axmouth at 10.00am (Grid Reference: SY266903). Tom, Donald and David will give an introductory talk and safety briefing. We’ll then progress through picturesque fields with stunning coastal views, before reaching the Undercliffs Reserve’s western entrance.
Upon entering the reserve, we’ll take in the species rich grassland and spectacular views at Goat Island and also visit some locations away from the coastal footpath to look at ‘the Chasm’ created by the Bindon Landslide of 1839.
We’ll then stop for lunch at “The Plateau”, a beautiful chalk grassland full of wildflowers, with sweeping coastal views across Lyme Bay. At the Plateau we will hope to find the rare and endemic Early Gentian which is only recorded in some years.
Depending on the tides we will also hope to stop at “The Slabs”, home to photogenic in-situ ammonite fossils and a natural spring. We’ll also visit “The Sheepwash”, a fascinating relic of centuries past, , before leaving the reserve the way we came in, and concluding back at Stepps Lane.
Estimated 5 hours for the walk, finishing by 3:30pm.
Please note: This is a vigorous walk through a wilderness area away from the coastal footpath with no access for emergency vehicles. All participants must be in robust health and adequately prepared for the strenuous terrain. Any pre-existing medical conditions must be declared upon booking before commencing the walk.
All attendees must bring the following:
- Stout walking boots suitable for rough, heavily vegetated terrain. Attendees without correct footwear will not be allowed to participate in the walk.
- Long sleeves and long trousers are recommended, as there are close-lying thorny bushes throughout the reserve.
- A packed lunch, lots of water and snacks
- Sunscreen and hat if the weather is warm