South West Coast Path - Hooken Cliffs

South West Coast Path - Hooken Cliffs

South West Coast Path - Hooken Cliffs
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A 4 mile moderate ramble along the South West Coast Path through the Hooken Undercliff, where a dramatic landslip in 1790 provides a haven for wildlife. Returning along the clifftops above, where there are spectacular views in either direction of red cliffs soaring beyond the white, the walk links the villages of Beer and Branscombe.
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csmith70
United Kingdom32 contributions
Jun 2022 • Family
I have wanted to do this walk for some time and convinced my family to do it. We regularly do the Seaton Hole to Beer cliff walk but that is easy compared to this.

We parked at Branscombe and wanted to walk to Beer and back. We couldn’t find the undercliff path at Branscombe end- you need to go across a cattle grid and past some caravans to find it. We stopped at the caravans thinking we were heading the wrong way but you do need to go past them to pick up the lower path. Instead we headed up the steep cliff (over cliff) which had lots of steep steps and takes you across some cliff top fields, complete with bullocks when we were there, and down into Beer for ice cream at Ducky’s. On the way back we took the path nearest to the cliff and found the entrance to the undercliff path. Well, the terrifying bit (for me) was this first section which is very narrow with loose stones on the uneven steps and a sheer cliff drop on your left. I could have cried. But my kids had powered ahead, less concerned about the imminent perils than I so I had to follow. I’m sure the view was lovely here but I wasn’t stopping to admire it. After what was probably just a couple of minutes the path turned and the drop off was no longer an issue and you could start to enjoy the walk. You can’t really see or hear the sea from here on, but the views of the undercliff and plants here are interesting. The path winds for a long time, is uneven and has steps in places. The kids enjoyed it of course! A real adventure complete with danger!

Would I do it again? I would walk it in reverse. Like climbing a mountain, my footing feels more secure going up than down. I would do the scary bit again but only if I was going up, not down! And I might take in the views this time!
Written July 25, 2022
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Sue Wiggins
Rugby, UK243 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
We have been walking this section from Beer to Branscombe for the last 40 years and never tire of the views You can either walk over the top or drop down through the undergrowth and walk through the woods down onto the beach or through the caravan park. Why not walk one way and back the other to experience the full beauty of Hooken Cliffs. Recommended.
Written August 29, 2020
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punchyStafford
Stafford, UK153 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
We walked from Branscombe to Seaton and back, parked in the carpark in Branscombe £5 for 7 hours. We followed the top walk over the cliffs on the way out and came back on the lower coastal path back. The hill out of Branscombe is steep but worth the effort when you see the views and it gets your heart and lunges working 😊
The path is easy to follow and is well signed we stopped in Beer for a cream tea and the Bay view which was excellent and covid compliant. Then we set out for Seaton via the steps up through the gardens away from the beach, when we reached Seaton we walked along the peeble beach, which was hard work. We had fish and chips from Frydays in Seaton and then headed back along the signed route along the road until you meet up with the coastal path again. The lower path at Hooken cliff is picked up and it proceeds left downwards via steps and care should be taken, I think the lower path appears slower due to decline and the need to be sure footed. We throughly enjoyed the walk the signage is good and the paths are clear to follow, we would recommend this walk but consider having the appropriate footwear particularly if it's wet. Overall it an excellent day's walking.
Written October 9, 2020
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Kate Willmot
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Jul 2021 • Friends
We were staying in Beer and decided that we would catch the 899 bus to Branscombe and walk back. The ride to Branscombe on the bus was great fun, with brilliant veiws that you just wouldn't get in a car.

We got off outside the village hall and made our way down a 1/2 mile path that takes you through the valley alongside the stream to the beach. The beach itself is pebbled, with a cafe right on the front.

The coast path is visible to the East, climbing to the peak of the hill. If you're walking in this direction the first part of the walk is the most hilly. Once you're up it's flat. We stopped at the top of the hill to admire the veiw.

The rest of the walk is flat, passing through grassland with veiws out to sea on your right. We passed a unusual building standing alone, it looked like a former observation tower. From then it's a downhill walk into Beer, with great veiws of Seaton and Lyme Bay.

We enjoyed our walk, and recommend catching the 899 bus one way.
Written August 5, 2021
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LordRupert
Basingstoke, UK207 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
Walked from Beer to Branscombe and then returned via the same route. The route took us via the under cliff pass which provided a welcome respite from the winds which were driving into us. I'd recommend wearing decent shoes but a reasonable level of fitness would see this walk completed without too much trouble but the walk back up from Branscombe will get even the very fittest blowing. There are many complaints about the car park at Branscombe so I'd recommend parking at Beer.
Written March 9, 2020
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andyww2018
Savelletri, Italy424 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
Marvellous views , walks off the path down to the beach . The walk up to the cliffs can be started in Beer or Branscombe . Do it from Beer which is lovely in its own right and has some good coffee options and parking . There’s a great thatched country pub ( Masons Arms ) in Branscombe if you make it a circular walk - about an hour from Beer with Hooken Cliffs in the middle . Some serious uphill walking that is quite a bit more forgiving at the Beer end .
Written February 19, 2020
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randc09
Dorset41 contributions
Jul 2022
Walked from Beer to Branscombe on the cliff top path and back via the undercliff. Some steep parts on both paths, and the cliff top is exposed to a south west wind, but good walking and great views. The cafe at Branscombe was good value. The undercliff is an intesting alternative route, but note that parts of it are narrow, very uneven and potentially slippery. At the Beer end it rises up a long set of steps sometimes close to the edge - not recommended if you are scared of heights or have any walking or balance issues.
Written July 15, 2022
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kt55
Lancashire. England240 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
We left Beer around 09.00, hopping on the local bus to Sidmouth. The bus journey was a spectacle in itself, squeezing along tiny narrow country lanes, through Branscombe and on to the seafront at Sidmouth. After a pleasant coffee stop, we set off on our coastal walk back to Beer. It was the end of September, and after a slightly misty start with light drizzle in the air the day steadily improved, turning into a beautiful summer like day. The walk was undulating, with some steepish sections as you cross a number of valleys along the way. The route takes you through broadleaf woodlands, meadows and pastures with sheep and cattle grazing, before dropping down to the seashore in a couple of places. At Branscombe, there's a cafe and car park, and a lovely section of coastline to enjoy. Unfortunately, we just arrived a few minutes after the cafe closing time. Continuing on, past the caravan park, we neared our final destination - Beer.
If youre looking for a good days walking with varied scenery and landscapes, then this walk is ideal.
Written October 31, 2016
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Ruth G
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Feb 2017 • Couples
We chose a nice sunny day for our walk, we caught the 899 bus from Seaton and travelled to Branscombe along country roads. We then walked down from the village hall (where the bus stops) to the beach, a short walk away. From there we walked up a steep hill out of Branscombe at the top of this hill we paused to catch our breath and take in the view of Branscombe from above. The following part of the walk was flat, you have a nice view of the sea. The next field had cows grazeing in the far corner. We were soon makeing our way into Beer, as we walked towards the main village center we passed a line of identical fishermen's cottages. Beer was a very nice place so we decided to stop and have lunch here, we ate at 'Duckeys' on the beach and then continued our walk. We climbed out of Beer and towards Seaton. At Weston Hole there was a path diversion however this made no difference to us as it was only slight and didn't take us out of our way. We arrived in Weston from what had been a very nice coastal walk. We both look forward to doing it again soon.
Written March 1, 2017
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C B
Rickmansworth, UK393 contributions
May 2019 • Couples

Upon reading other reviews did the circular walk Branscombe =>Beer =>Branscombe
Agree best route. We walked out along the lower cliff walk via the holiday home park then back across the cliff top
This meant that the return walk down into Branscombe you had spectacular views which would be behind you if you walked up the hill and did clifftop to Beer.

Took 3 hours including drink and walk around Beer.

Really recommend
Written May 28, 2019
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