2009 Undercliff Walk

A happy party of OH walkers met in the Holmbush car-park, Lyme Regis, at 10am on Saturday 20 th June 2009, for their Undercliff Walk to Axmouth and a pub lunch at the Harbour Inn. Among them were our intrepid Hon. Treasurer Michael Shaw who suggested the walk, Michael Blooman, Derek’s brother who led the party, Robert Morton, John and Heather Ottaway, Stephen and Karen Dales, Myf Adams (née Gregson), Hul Johnson, Andrew Hughes and his Springer Spaniel, Frank Perry, Giles and Gru Blomfield, Maggie Palmer, Giles’ brother-in-law and wife, Dominic Naish and Vernon Burchell,

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The group entered the Undercliffe near Ware Lane and surveyed the Cobb below, fortified and strengthened on Walsingham’s orders with cow stones floated on barrels from Dowlands beach before the Armada. The party made its way to Rousdon Cliffs, familiar to all OHs, and inspected the surviving chimney at Rousdon pumping station. We spotted wild irises and headed past Goat Island and Chasm, caused by the great landslip of 1839 – now heavily overgrown. We took the lane beside the Golf Course and arrived promptly for a super pub lunch in the garden of the Harbour INN – medals for all round stamina!

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D.J.B

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