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Walking Hooken Undercliff.

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.

  • the Stairway to Heaven

    the Stairway to Heaven

  • Sign post down

    Sign post down

  • Stairway to Heaven steps

    Stairway to Heaven steps

  • the Hooken Under Cliff

    the Hooken Under Cliff

  • down the steps

    down the steps

  • steep steps

    steep steps

  • bottom of the steps

    bottom of the steps

  • along the path

    along the path

  • through the Under Cliff

    through the Under Cliff

  • cliffs above

    cliffs above

  • almost on the beach

    almost on the beach

  • keep to the path

    keep to the path

  • above the beach

    above the beach

  • keep to the path

    keep to the path

  • sea views

    sea views

  • along the path

    along the path

  • above the beach

    above the beach

  • under cliffs

    under cliffs

  • sea views

    sea views

  • follow the path

    follow the path

  • past rocks

    past rocks

  • up and down

    up and down

  • sea views

    sea views

  • going up hill

    going up hill

  • by the caravans

    by the caravans

  • along the path

    along the path

  • follow the sign

    follow the sign

  • along the path

    along the path

  • end of the path

    end of the path

  • Heart Attack Hill

    Heart Attack Hill

  • Branscombe Mouth beach

    Branscombe Mouth beach

  • Branscombe Mouth beach

    Branscombe Mouth beach

  • Branscombe Mouth beach

    Branscombe Mouth beach

Walk Details

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

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