Please note that all Undercliff Walks encompass strenuous walking in a remote and isolated natural environment with some rough terrain and steep slopes, that is muddy and slippery after rain and has limited access for emergency services. Some routes may require the use of ropes to access steep slopes.
Walking boots are essential for all walks, as well as a packed lunch and drink. Long trousers advisable due to ticks, and clothing suitable for the weather conditions on the day.
All participants must be physically fit and able to complete the walk, and must declare any relevant medical conditions when booking. Sorry, no dogs.
Please see notes on individual walks below.
Expedition to the Plateau and search for the Early Gentian
Sunday 31st May
10am – 4pm, meeting at Stepps Lane.
Join local experts on a walk to visit the Plateau, a spectacular open area of chalk grassland hidden within the Undercliff overlooking Lyme Bay.
Much of the walk will be off the coast path on challenging terrain and we will also visit the spectacular Sheepwash and the Slabs fossil area on the way to the Plateau.
We will look at chalk grassland plants and animals and search for the rare and elusive Early Gentian, one of the country’s few endemic species.
Goat Island and the Chasm
Wednesday 17th June
10am – 3pm, meeting at Stepps Lane
Visit Goat Island and the Chasm, perhaps the most famous part of the Undercliff National Nature 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.
Take in some spectacular views, learn about your local landscape, woodlands, chalk grassland management and the associated plants and animals, including some summer orchids.
Goat Island, the Sheepwash, Slabs and the Plateau
Sunday 2nd August
10am – 4pm, meeting at Stepps Lane
A very varied and interesting walk giving a wonderful introduction to the secrets of the Undercliff. Much of the walk will be off the main coastal footpath.
Taking in some remarkable sights and locations on the reserve, we will explore Goat Island, the Sheepwash, fossil slabs and the Plateau.
Chapel Rock and the Crimean Seat
Saturday 5th September
10am – 3pm, meeting at Pinhay House
Visit the spectacular and mysterious Chapel Rock, an important historical refuge for non-conformists during the reign of Charles II, hidden deep within the Undercliffs.
A circular walk that will also take in the Crimean Seat at the top of the cliff, offering wonderful views westwards over Lyme Bay. Challenging and remote terrain, with some rope access.