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Lyme Bay Land & Sea

In search of the numinous – Lyme Bay Land & Sea. Dorset, 22-28 Sept 2019

 A journey on foot through the hidden landscape of Lyme Bay in Dorset, part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. We start on the Isle of Portland in the east and walk to Lyme Regis in the west. This is a chance to immerse yourself in the area’s spirit of place, connecting with landscape and nature. We’ll be walking close to the autumn equinox, a time of seasonal change and reflection as the nights grow imperceptibly longer than the days. Fittingly, we begin by ascending a lighthouse, and end at the shrine of St Wite, one of England’s most sacred places and a healing site of pilgrimage for more than a thousand years.

We’re guided by writer and Guardian Country Diarist Sara Hudston and ecologist Andy Jefferies. Andy and Sara live in this magical part of Dorset and are both deeply involved in conservation and creative projects relating to the land.

This trip offers a unique experience for writers, creatives and anyone interested in nature, the environment, books and history.

Where we stay

We’re so lucky to be able to stay at the Kingcombe Centre, Dorset Wildlife Trust’s flagship nature reserve. Hidden away in the hills a few miles from the sea, the centre is surrounded by ancient woodland, small rivers and wildflower meadows. The 450-acre Kingcombe Meadows reserve is a tranquil and inspirational setting.

You’ll have your own private room with en-suite shower room in a converted cowshed. Or there is the option of staying in the orchard in a traditional Victorian workers’ hut, beautifully restored with its own wood-burner and electricity connected (supplement payable). More details here.

Food and drink

All meals are included in the price, as are tea, coffee, soft drinks, plus wine or beer with evening meals. Food is either grown in the Kingcombe Centre’s gardens or sourced locally as much as possible. More details here.

Environmental awareness

Heating and hot water is generated onsite at the Kingcombe Centre using the latest environmentally sensitive wood pellet boiler system and photovoltaic solar panels.

Contributing to conservation

Our stay at Kingcombe contributes to the future sustainability of this wonderful place and the work of Dorset Wildlife Trust, the county’s largest nature conservation charity.

Responsible dogs welcome with well-behaved owners if arranged at time of booking.

Why “numinous” and what does it mean?

Numen” describes the spirit or divine power characteristic of a thing or place. It is literally the genius loci, or spirit of place. You can read Sara’s article on numens and the Dorset landscape here.

MORE TRIP DETAILS HERE

To the Stones

“We’re walking out west, up to the ridge and beyond the crest…” Watch a short video of the landscape we walk through set to music by Dorset folk band Ninebarrow:

About

Walking West is a new venture started by writer and Guardian Country Diarist Sara Hudston with Andy Jefferies of Wild Days Conservation. Our aim is to connect with the deep spirit of place in England’s west country – Dorset, Devon, Somerset and eventually Cornwall.

We’re beginning with a Dorset journey through hidden places we know well.

Read more about Sara.

Read more about Andy.

Booking

Lyme Bay Land & Sea – Dorset 22-28 September 2019

6 nights inclusive of all meals, accommodation and transport during the journey.

Contact Sara Hudston on journeys@walkingwest.co.uk for a booking form.

More details here.