Walk - Seatown to Abbotsbury

12.4 miles (19.9 km)

Seatown Abbotsbury

Moderate - Moderate

A walk along a spectacularly dramatic section of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site awaits as you set off from the little village of Seatown. The Coast Path begins with some short, steep climbs before easing as it becomes more level beyond Burton Bradstock.
After resting to enjoy the magnificent views and keeping a look out for peregrines from Burton Cliff, continue as the Path drops to pick up the spectacular, long pebbly sweep of Chesil Beach. It is no wonder that this truly breathtaking place is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and it is especially beautiful in the spring and summer months when there are many colourful flowers to enjoy.
The hundreds of mute swans of Abbotsbury Swannery make for an extraordinary sight at the end of your day and there is a small selection of welcome refreshments in the fascinating, historic village of Abbotsbury.

There are a range of wonderful places to lay your head near the Coast Path for a well-earned sleep. From large and luxurious hotels, to small and personable B&B's, as well as self-catering options and campsites. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

Number Five

18 Century pretty cottage, quiet location, private bathroom. Dogs welcome, open all year. Minimum 2 night stay

Graston Farm Cottages

Situated 30 minutes walk from the Path, set in the beautiful Bride Valle. Newly converted cosy self catering cottages.

Parkdean Resorts West Bay Holiday Park

Located on a picturesque harbour close to the nearby beach (and Path), this is the ideal location for exploring the Jurassic Coast.

The Seaside Shepherd's Hut

Beautiful, hand-crafted shepherd's hut for 2 with all mod cons, double bed, wood burner and stunning views over Lyme Bay with private path to Chesil beach. Includes breakfast.

Highlands End Holiday Park

Highlands End is a 5 star family-run Holiday Park with lodges, glamping, caravans, apartments and bungalows for rent, as well as pitches for touring, motorhomes and tents.

Ammonite Cottage

Cosy Grade 11 Listed Cottage with log burner . Based in Bridport within easy reach of town amenities, the Jurassic Coast, the Path and West Bay. Sleeps 4.

Chideock House B&B

Thatched wisteria clad house, built 1465 is full of charm and character. The dining room is oak beamed, rooms are fully equipped and we are 10 mins walk from the Coast Path.

You'll be spoilt for choice for where to eat and drink along the Path. With lots of local seasonal food on offer, fresh from the farm, field and waters. Try our local ales, ciders, wines and spirits, increasing in variety by the year, as you sit in a cosy pub, fine dining restaurant or chilled café on the beach. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

Hive Beach Cafe

Serving fresh, locally and ethically sourced produce, focusing on fish and seafood, lovingly prepared to our customers from near & far.

Watch House Cafe

Voted by the Guardian as one of the he top 20 of the UK’s best seaside restaurants, cafes and shacks

The Club House

Award winning restaurant right on Chesil beach - stunning location for coffee, lunches, cocktails and dinner.

Cherries at Chesil

Coffee and take-away ideally located at beach car park right on the SWCP.

What is on your list of things to do when you visit the Path? From walking companies, to help you tailor your visit, with itineraries and experts to enhance your visit, to baggage transfer companies and visitor attractions there are lots to people and places to help you decide what you'd like to do. The businesses that support the Path, where you've chosen to visit, are listed here.

West Bay Discovery Centre

Award winning West Bay Discovery Centre is a free visitor attraction offering a treasure trove of stories activities, and information for all interests and ages.

Interactive Elevation


  • Walking along part of the Monarch’s Way which is based on the escape route taken by Charles II after the battle of Worcester in 1651.
  • Climbing to the top of Thornecombe Beacon to be rewarded with breathtaking views.
  • Looking back to the impressive yellow sandstone of the Golden Cap from Eype Mouth. At 626 ft (191 metres) above sea level, the Golden Cap is the highest point on the South coast of England.
  • The immense sandstone cliffs of West Bay.
  • Chesil Beach backed by The Fleet, which is the largest tidal lagoon in Britain. This extraordinary natural ridge of pebbles extends for over 17 miles from West Bay to Portland and is thought to be between 4000 and 7000 years old. Many ships have been lost along this stretch of coast, which was renamed Dead Man’s Cove by Thomas Hardy who was born in Dorset.
  • The wildlife of Burton Cliff. There are many beautiful flowers along these cliffs, enjoyed by butterflies and birds. You may even see dolphins from here.
  • The pretty village of Burton Bradstock: the church of St. Mary’s is a fine example of 14th to 15th century architecture and contrasts quite dramatically with the plain style of the 1825 Wesleyan Methodist chapel nearby. The West Country’s first 'flax swingling mill' was built here in 1803 establishing the village as a centre for the flax industry.
  • Bind Barrow: a Bronze Age burial mound and the site of a Second World War pillbox.
  • Cogden Beach and the reed beds and maritime flowers of Burton Mere.
  • West Bexington Nature Reserve: the scrub and reed beds are visited by many varieties of birds, including Cetti's warblers, corn buntings, grasshopper warblers, snipe and water rails.
  • Enjoying a cream tea in the historic village of Abbotsbury. There is much to see here, including taking a walk round the Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens, browsing the art and craft galleries, exploring the great Tithe Barn and ruins of the Abbey and immersing yourself in the incredibly rich history of this area.

Shorter option

Stop at West Bay (3 miles, 4.9 km).

Longer option

We suggest you end the walk at Abbotsbury to avoid having to go too far inland for accommodation further on.

Public transport

The nearest mainline train station in the cathedral city of Exeter. After a 10 minute walk or bus ride into the city centre, you can then catch one of the regular buses to Chideock, which is just inland from Seatown. It then continues on to West Bay, Burton Bradstock and Abbotsbury. For timetable information, zoom in on the interactive map and click on the train station and bus stop symbols, visit Traveline or phone 0871 200 22 33.


Seatown, Eype Mouth, West Bay, Burton Bradstock, Cogden Beach, West Bexington and Abbotsbury.


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