South West Coast Path – Part 9 – Day 8

Wednesday, May 17th, 2023 – Charmouth to Burton Bradstock


Approximately 10 miles – Moderate

Once again, I have to differ with the description on the South West Coast Path website. The stretch all the way from Seaton to Abbotsbury is designated “Moderate”. The stretch on today’s walk (although I’m not following their “day-to-day itinerary”) has a total climb of over 2400 feet and takes on Golden Cap – at 621 feet it’s the highest point on the Southern part of the South West Coast Path. Ok – I concede that the climbs are not so steep as many and it isn’t quite the familiar ‘roller-coaster’ ride but I still think it was closer to Strenuous than Moderate. Or maybe it’s just my old knees that thought so!

Regardless of the discrepancy, it certainly was a beautiful stretch to enjoy. The trek started from Charnmouth beach where I had to turn inland for a while and follow a road up Stonebarrow Hill. Here the path heads back toward the coast at Westhay Water. At this point I get a good view of what’s coming up: the rather imposing “Golden Cap”. From the top of the “Cap”, the views in all directions are absolutely stunning and it’s well worth the trek to the top.

On the other side of Golden Cap I reach Seatown and then a few more hills to enjoy. I then get to the delightful West Bay with some very interesting architecture – quite out of character with most other towns and beaches on the path.

I had originally thought I might stop here but as the next part is comparatively flat I decided to press on. Another few miles and I reached the delightful little town of Burton Bradstock. I had just over an hour wait for the next bus back to Charnmouth. Rather fortunately a lovely little pub, “The Three Horseshoes”, was there to answer my prayers and provide some post-walk refreshment in the early evening sunshine.

South West Coast Path – Charmouth to Burton Bradstock.

As you probably know, this year I’m walking for charity and raising funds for the Alzheimer’s Society and Cancer Research. These have both touched my family severely over the years so I’d be so grateful if you’d be willing to support my fundraising efforts.

To donate to Alzheimer’s Society, please visit my Alzheimer’s Giving Page

To donate to Cancer Research please visit my Cancer Research Giving Page

You can find the highlights and more information on this route on The South West Coast Path website

Here are the photo’s from today’s walk.

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