Walking through the Hooken Undercliff
The Hooken Undercliff is on the cliff route between Beer and Branscombe. A slump in the Chalk cliffs in 1790 separated a 10-acre (40,000 m2) tract of land, now a wooded and sheltered habitat with chalk pinnacles on the seaward side.
On the walk from Beer to Branscombe Mouth, it is possible to vary the route by taking the path down Hooken Cliff into the Undercliff and along the edge of the Undercliff to Branscombe Mouth.
Follow the Sign Post to the Hooken Undercliff. The path splits at a signpost on the cliff top between Beer Head and the Old Coast Guard Lookout. The path down into the Undercliff is very steep and made up of many steps. The Grizzly runners, run up these steps referring to them as the “stairway to heaven”.
The beach below Hooken Cliffs. When you get to edge of the undercliff on the beach, you can either walk along the beach or take the path along the edge of the Undercliff to Branscombe Mouth.
Through the edge of the Undercliff. The path goes to Branscombe Mouth through the edge of the Undercliff. The path parallels the beach with the sea coming constantly into view.
When you reach Branscombe Mouth you will find the National Trust Car Park, Sea Shanty and Visitor Centre. Here at the Sea Shanty visitors can buy snacks, drinks and if they wish a full meal