A 3-mile guided walk to Goat Island in the Undercliffs National Nature Reserve on Sunday 24th June 2018, led by Natural England’s Tom Sunderland, Jurassic Coast Ambassador Donald Campbell, and botanist Dr. David Allen.
Goat Island is perhaps the most famous part of the Undercliffs Reserve. On Christmas Eve 1839, a massive section of cliff slid seaward in an event known as the ‘Great Landslip’, causing a chasm to form behind the landslide block, which is now known as Goat Island.
The landslip became very famous and was visited by thousands of people including Queen Victoria, and it was also the first landslip ever to be scientifically studied and described. On this walk, you can learn about your local landscape, chalk grassland management and the associated plants and animals, including some summer orchids.
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 uneven 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