Dorset Coast Christmas & New Year Guided Walking Holiday

Celebrate Christmas and New Year on the Dorset Coast

Code: LHXFW

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • Free WiFi
  • Meadows & hills

Level

  • 2
  • 3
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Choosing the level of your walks

Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £799.00 - 5 to 6 nights

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Holiday overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoy Christmas or New Year at our new Country House at Lulworth Cove
  • Plenty of exercise to walk off the festive excesses
  • A choice of guided walks along the spectacular Dorset Coast
  • Just relax, soak up the party atmosphere, enjoy wonderful festive fare and leave all the organising to us
  • Evening activities include dancing, quizzes and carol evenings 

Price includes

  • Wonderful meals – full selection at breakfast, your choice of picnic lunch, an excellent evening meal, afternoon tea and cakes every day, and plenty of festive sweets and nuts
  • A programme of organised walks and activities
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays’ guides
  • Any transport to and from the walks

In pictures...

Accommodation

HF Holidays' West Lulworth House in West Lulworth

West Lulworth House has a wonderful elevated location just 200 yards from the sea. Its elevated location overlooking Lulworth Cove allows spectacular views from many of the rooms, the garden and the outdoor swimming pool. The house has undergone major investment with the completion of a new lounge and dining room

We have 20 newly refurbished bedrooms at West Lulworth House, many with wonderful views down to the sea. 

Rooms

'Good' Rooms 

These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:

  • Check in from 2:30pm
  • Tea and coffee-making facilities
  • 23 inch TV
  • Toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Free WiFi

'Better' Rooms 

These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:

  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

Only an extra £15 per person per night

'Best' Rooms 

These rooms truly are the best in the house for extra luxury during your stay. They include:

  • Recently refurbished to an exceptional standard
  • Large rooms
  • Stunning views of the surrounding area
  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

Only an extra £20 per person per night

Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplements to upgrade to 'Better' or 'Best' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.

At the house

  • Excellent boot and drying rooms
  • Recently extended
  • New lounge and dining room opening up onto a terrace with views over the cove
  • Free WiFi is available in the public rooms
  • South-facing garden
  • Outdoor swimming pool
    (Open in summer)
  • Complimentary parking for guests is available in the public car park opposite the house

Dining

An example of Lulworth cheese board an option with your HF dinnerAll holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
 Take your fill from our famous self-service picnic lunches
A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the barJust relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.

All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.

Itinerary

Festive Walking at Lulworth

Our House Manager and leaders are busy putting together a unique programme of walks and social activities, and look forward to welcoming you on your holiday.

The walks are tailored to the time of year and will remain flexible to suit the weather conditions. Each day three grades of walk will be offered. Typically, easier walks are up to a maximum of 6 miles (10km), medium walks are up to a maximum of 8 miles (13km), while harder walks can be up to a maximum of 11 miles (17½km).

Corfe Castle to Studland - Sunday 23 December

Corfe Castle villageThe lovely village of Corfe, with its imposing castle, features on all today’s walks. The easier and medium routes start here, while the harder has an additional section starting at Kingston. We follow the chalk ridge that runs along the Isle of Purbeck to the coast, with outstanding views in all directions, to finish in the village of Studland.

South Purbeck Coast - Monday 24 December

View over Swanage BayToday’s walks start from three different villages in the Purbeck peninsula and follow the medieval Priests’ Way to Durlston Country Park, a clifftop nature reserve. Each walk also follows part of the ‘South West Coast Path, the longest National Trail in Britain before finishing in the seaside town of Swanage.

The section of coast between Dancing Ledge and Swanage is worth the journey to Langton and Worth Matravers from where we head south to reach the superb South West Coast Path into Swanage. The harder walk starts near Kingston and takes in St Aldhelm’s Head with its Norman castle.

Durdle Door - Tuesday 25 December

The impressive sea arch of Durdle DoorCircular walks that head west from Lulworth Cove to see some of the most famous cliff scenery of the south coast. All walks pass above Durdle Door on the way back, the easier walk first going north over downland to reach Newlands Farm then down to the sea via Scratchy Bottom. The medium route goes as far as West Bottom before following the coast home, and the harder follows a similar route with its apex at Holworth House near Ringstead.

Corfe Castle and Swyre Head - Wednesday 26 December

Chapmans Pool and Houns Tout cliffToday all three walks start in the village of Kingston and head out to Swyre Head for spectacular views west towards Weymouth Bay. The easier route crosses farmland and goes through the village of Church Knowle to reach the ridge which leads to Corfe Castle. The medium descends to the coast from Swyre Head and follows a short section of the South West Coast Path east, ascending to Houns-tout before eventually reaching Corfe Castle village, while the harder walk takes in more of the coast before coming back inland, meeting the other walks at Corfe Castle.

Lulworth Range Walks - Thursday 27 December

Lulworth CoveToday’s walks take advantage of the military ranges opening up for Christmas and will explore some of the area’s most dramatic scenery in the area above and around the village of West Lulworth. The medium and harder walks go through the unmissable deserted village of Tyneham and then follow the South West Coast Path back to Lulworth Cove.

South Purbeck Coast - Saturday 29 December

View over Swanage BayToday’s walks start from three different villages in the Purbeck peninsula and follow the medieval Priests’ Way to Durlston Country Park, a clifftop nature reserve. Each walk also follows part of the ‘South West Coast Path, the longest National Trail in Britain before finishing in the seaside town of Swanage.

The section of coast between Dancing Ledge and Swanage is worth the journey to Langton and Worth Matravers from where we head south to reach the superb South West Coast Path into Swanage. The harder walk starts near Kingston and takes in St Aldhelm’s Head with its Norman castle.

Lulworth Range Walks - Sunday 30 December

Coast path through the milittary rangesToday’s walks take advantage of the military ranges opening up for the festive period and will explore some of the area’s most dramatic scenery in the area above and around the village of West Lulworth. The medium and harder walks go through the unmissable deserted village of Tyneham and then follow the South West Coast Path back to Lulworth Cove.

Corfe Castle to Studland - Monday 31 December

Chalk stacks of Old Harry RocksThe lovely village of Corfe, with its imposing castle, features on all today’s walks. The easier and medium routes start here, while the harder has an additional section starting at Kingston. We follow the chalk ridge that runs along the Isle of Purbeck to the coast, with outstanding views in all directions, to finish in the village of Studland.

Durdle Door - Tuesday 1 January

Chalk cliffs near LulworthCircular walks that head west from Lulworth Cove to see some of the most famous cliff scenery of the south coast. All walks pass above Durdle Door on the way back, the easier walk first going north over downland to reach Newlands Farm then down to the sea via Scratchy Bottom. The medium route goes as far as West Bottom before following the coast home, and the harder follows a similar route with its apex at Holworth House near Ringstead.

Corfe Castle and Swyre Head - Wednesday 2 January 

Coastline near KimmeridgeToday all three walks start in the village of Kingston and head out to Swyre Head for spectacular views west towards Weymouth Bay. The easier route crosses farmland and goes through the village of Church Knowle to reach the ridge which leads to Corfe Castle. The medium descends to the coast from Swyre Head and follows a short section of the South West Coast Path east, ascending to Houns-tout before eventually reaching Corfe Castle village, while the harder walk takes in more of the coast before coming back inland, meeting the other walks at Corfe Castle.

Local area

Discover Dorset

Lulworth Cove is a justifiably popular destination, with day-trippers and holiday-makers drawn by the stunning local scenery. The Cove itself is a near-perfect circle which has been carved by the waves into the soft rocks. A 20 minute walk along the cliff path will take you to Durdle Door, the area's other geological wonder. This impressive natural sea arch has been carved from the harder chalk rocks. The free Heritage Centre next to the public car park is well worth a visit during your stay.

Facilities in Lulworth Cove are limited to a selection of pubs, cafés and souvenir shops. The nearest towns are Wareham, Dorchester and Weymouth, which all have a good selection of banks, chemists and supermarkets.

During your visit to Dorset you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:

Children looking at an historic tankThe Tank Museum
The Tank Museum at Bovington, 20 minutes' drive north of Lulworth Cove, houses a particularly impressive collection of tanks from around the world. Trace the history from the tank's origins in the First World War to the present day. www.tankmuseum.org

 

 

Lulworth Castle
Situated just a couple of miles inland from the cove, Lulworth Castle is a 17th century mock medieval castle that was once the heart of an extensive estate. Having been gutted by fire in 1929 it was derelict for many years, but has since been completely renovated. www.lulworth.com/castle

Corfe Castle
The iconic ruins of Corfe Castle stand guard over a natural gap in the Purbeck Hills, about 30 minutes' drive from Lulworth. Dating from the 11th century it is now maintained by the National Trust. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/corfe-castle

Steam locomotive at Swange StationSwanage Railway
Ride on this lovingly restored branch line through the glorious Purbeck countryside. Steam hauled trains run throughout the year. You may want to leave your car in the Park & Ride at Norden, about 30 minutes' drive from Lulworth, and use the railway to visit the attractive seaside resort of Swanage. www.swanagerailway.co.uk

 

 

Group of chimps at Monkey WorldMonkey World
Located near Wool, 20 minutes' drive north of Lulworth Cove, Monkey World is a great family attraction. Orginally set up to rescue mistreated monkeys from overseas, it is now home to a huge collection of primates of all shapes and sizes. www.monkeyworld.org

 

 

Brownsea Island
Brownsea Island is located in the middle of Poole Harbour – boats depart from Poole Quay and Sandbanks, about 40 minutes' drive from Lulworth Cove. The island is now a nature reserve, managed by the National Trust and one of last remaining places to spot red squirrels in the UK. Brownsea is also famous as the location of the world's first scout camp in 1907. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brownsea-island

Weymouth
Weymouth is a fine Regency seaside resort with an ever-popular beach and bustling harbour.

Thomas Hardy’s Cottage
The writer Thomas Hardy was one of Dorset’s most celebrated residents who used the local towns and villages around Dorchester as the setting for many of his novels. His birthplace near Dorchester is around 30 minutes' drive away and now owned by the National Trust. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hardy-country

Exterior of Athelhampton HouseAthelhampton House & Gardens
Located near Dorchester, about 30 minutes' drive away, Athelhampton House is a fine Tudor building dating from 1485. The surrounding formal gardens are also impressive and were built between 1891 - 1899. www.athelhampton.co.uk

 

 

Imposing fascade of Kingston Lacey houseKingston Lacy
This fine country house and estate is located near Wimborne Minster, about 45 minutes' drive from Lulworth Cove. Dating from 1665, and now managed by the National Trust, it houses a fine collection of antiques, with many notable examples from the Middle East and Egypt. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kingston-lacy

 

 

 

Kingston Lacey image ©National Trust Images/Chris Lacey, Swanage Railway image © Brian Robert Marshall

Travel

Travel to Lulworth Cove

Our address is: West Lulworth House, Lulworth Cove, Dorset BH20 5RJ

Due to a change on the Lulworth Estate's parking policy, we recommend getting the train to West Lulworth House. However if you are planning on driving please check the process below

How to get to us by train

By train:

The nearest railway station is at Wool. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

The 5 mile journey from Wool railway station takes approximately 10 minutes. Pre-booked taxis cost approx £13 per taxi. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the West Lulworth House Manager.

Driving to us

By car:

The recommended route is via Bere Regis and Wool – although slightly longer this avoids the traffic through Bournemouth and Poole. From Bere Regis follow signs to Wool. At Wool cross the level crossing and turn left following signs to Lulworth Cove and West Lulworth. Continue for a further 4 miles to Lulworth Cove. As you enter Lulworth Cove Village, there is a slip road on your left to West Lulworth House. Park on the slip road if you would like to take advantage of our bag drop off service, which is available from 10am to 6.30pm, on arrival and departure days. You can then continue to the public car park at the end of the slip road to park your car.

This car park is free for HF Holidays’ guests as long as you leave us your car registration number. You MUST give us this within 30 minutes of arriving, failure to do this could result in a fine from the Lulworth Estate.  

Travel by plane

Travelling from overseas

If you're travelling from Europe the most convenient airport is at Southampton. From Southampton Airport Parkway station (adjacent to the airport terminal) there are direct trains every hour to Wool - journey time 1hr 20mins. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for details.

For most guests, travelling to either London Heathrow or London Gatwick airport is the best option. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for onward connections by train to Wool.

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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
22 Dec 2018 LHXFW - Festive Walking - Lulworth Cove 6 £919.00 Book Now
22 Dec 2019 LHXFW - Festive Walking - NEXT YEAR 2019 - Lulworth Cove 6 £945.00 Book Now
28 Dec 2019 LHXFW - Festive Walking - NEXT YEAR 2019 - Lulworth Cove 5 £799.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

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