4-Night Dorset Coast Guided Walking for Solos Holiday

Lulworth Cove, Dorset at Sunset
Duration: 4 nights
Type: Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 2 & 3
from £539pp

In the heart of the Jurassic Coast, snuggled above the shimmering waters of Lulworth Cove, our newly refurbished Country House is the perfect base for exploring this glorious fossil-rich coastline. On our Guided Walking holidays you'll visit beaches, lofty cliffs and the iconic arch of Durdle Door.

Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoy the remarkable coastal path and views of the iconic chalk cliffs, rugged headlands and hidden bays
  • Soak up the sea air and delight in the sweeping panoramas over the rolling Dorset hills
  • Let our knowledgeable leaders bring the surroundings to life
  • Spend the evenings enjoying the spectacular views from the terrace and outdoor swimming pool

What’s included

  • High quality en-suite accommodation in our country house
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • 3 days guided walking
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point
  • Choice of up to three guided walks each walking day
  • The services of HF Holidays Walking Leaders

Trip Notes

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Option 1 - Corfe Castle to Studland

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)

In Summary: Enjoy a stunning variety of inland and coastal scenery. Our walk from Corfe Castle to Studland follows the glorious chalk ridge along the spine of Purbeck peninsula, with the views getting ever more impressive as we near our destination.

Highlight: Walking atop the Downs is a real delight with panoramic views north over Poole Harbour, and south to the English Channel.


Option 2 - Chalk Downs & Heath

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Ascent: 1,300 feet (380m)

In Summary: Follow the chalk ridge from Corfe Castle heading towards the coast. Towards the end of the walk we cross the beautiful Godlingstone Heath, past the curious Agglestonne Rock, with the final stretch along the beach to Studland.

Highlight: Godlingstone Heath is a fascinating scenic contrast, and an excellent place to spot rare butterflies and lizards basking in the sand.


Option 3 - Old Harry Rocks

Distance: 11 miles (17½km)

Ascent: 1,350 feet (420m)

In Summary: Cross fields and common land to Corfe Castle then follow the fabulous chalk ridge along the spine of the Purbeck peninsula to Ballard Down and the coast at Old Harry Rocks.

Highlight: Soak up the sea views from the famous chalk stacks of Old Harry Rocks, and gaze out towards the corresponding Needles Rocks on the Isle of Wight.


Option 1 - Around Cerne Abbas

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Ascent: 800 feet (260m)

In Summary: Our circuit takes us through rolling countryside to the hamlet of Minterne Magna, ascends Minterne Hill and returns to the village of Cerne Abbas contouring below the carved giant.

Highlight: You'll be struggling to miss the famous Cerne Abbas giant - a 55 metre naked man carved into the chalk hillside above the viillage - don't be prudish! 


Option 2 - Buckland Newton circuit

Distance: 9½ miles (15½km)

Ascent: 1,200 feet (360m)

In Summary: Explore the glorious Dorset countryside on this undulating circuit over the downs to the village of Buckland Newton, then returning past the famous giant.

Highlight: An opportunity to discover the quieter delights of rural Dorset; a scene straight out of a Thomas Hardy novel.


Option 3 - The Wessex Ridgeway

Distance: 10½ miles (16½km)

Ascent: 1,500 feet (460m)

In Summary: A circular walk from Cerne Abbas. Follow the Wessex Ridgeway atop the chalk downs, visit Buckland Newton and Minterne Magna and enjoy splendid views of the Cerne and Sydling Valleys. 

Highlight: The walk finishes with some of the best views of the Giant.


Option 1 - Durdle Door

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Ascent: 1,150 feet (360m)

In Summary: Start inland at the hamlet of West Chaldon and head south to the coast path above Ringstead Bay. Our route avoids the steepest sections of the cliff path as we continue to Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove.

Highlight: Admire the classic views of Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove as you follow the coastal path past these geological masterpieces.


Option 2 - Osmington to Lulworth

Distance: 7 miles (11½km)

Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

In Summary: A fabulous walk along the Dorset Coast Path from Osmington to Lulworth Cove. A highlight is the rollercoaster chalk cliffs - expect some steep ups and downs as you follow this dramatic section of coastline towards Durdle Door.

Highlight: The tiny church of St Catherine-by-the-Sea. Little bigger than a garden hut it occupies a glorious position atop the cliffs.


Option 3 - Weymouth to Lulworth

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Ascent: 1,800 feet (540m)

In Summary: Follow this superb stretch of the Dorset Coast Path from Weymouth to Lulworth Cove. The cliffs steadily increase in grandeur as we pass Osmington Mills, then on over the rollercoaster cliffs to Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove.

Highlight: With fantastic sea views throughout, this is coastal walking at its very best.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 

West Lulworth House

Set just 200 yards from the sea, West Lulworth House has a highly coveted location just above the lake-still expanse of Lulworth Cove on Dorset’s iconic Jurassic Coast. Built in 1881 by the then Mayor of Weymouth, it has been perennially popular with walkers, twitchers and fossil hunters. As well as 22 delightful bedrooms, there’s a south facing garden and elevated terrace with cracking views, an outdoor heated pool and a pair of lovely lounges, perfect for a relaxing walking holiday exploring the Jurassic Coast. Step out the front door and on to the coast path. To the west lies Middle Beach and the picture perfect Durdle Door, with its massive rock arch and gently sloping beach. East lie the beaches of Mupe Bay and Arish Mell. But you’re here for the walking and what adventure you’ll have on the coast path or exploring the interior. Then there’s Lulworth Castle and the famous ruins of Corfe Castle standing guard over the Purbeck Hills to explore.


Need to know

Important Covid-19 steps we have taken for guest safety: Please Read

As we slowly reopen in the wake of the Coronavirus lockdown, our country house stays are set to be organised a little differently; extra steps have been taken to keep our guests, house teams and leaders safe while we return to action. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

Initially the overall capacity of the houses has been reduced. Guests must wear face coverings in public spaces. To adhere to social distancing guidelines, we have taken the necessary steps to space out furniture and seating in public areas. In addition, a one-way system will be in place around the house. Adequate signage will be displayed to support the direction of travel to be followed by guests and house teams.

As a temporary measure, we will not be servicing rooms during a stay. Extra tea, coffee, milk, and toiletries will be made available on request for all guests. It is recommended that guests bring their own toiletries for the duration of their stay. We have removed all non-essential and reusable items from our rooms for the meantime including cushions, hairdryers, bathrobes, bed throws, and printed materials to reduce the number of items that need to be disinfected. Hairdryers will be available on request. Clean towels will be available on request. We will though be increasing the frequency of cleaning in our public areas providing particular attention to frequently touched items including door handles and handrails.

For now, there is no cream tea on arrival day. We have also adapted our food offering to remove all buffets and open food items. Different sittings may be required for breakfast and dinner due to the occupancy and size of the house. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. The bar in each country house will be open, and we will be offering a table service for drinks. At this time there is no, or only a very limited, evening social programme available. Outdoor swimming pools at those houses that have them will re-open throughout August, except at Freshwater Bay House, where the pool will remain closed for 2020. Indoor swimming pools will remain closed.

For more information and to see all the steps taken, visit our page on how house stays will be adapted.


Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi

Stay in one of the main building’s bright, beautifully presented rooms or in the adjoining cottage. With 22 bedrooms, West Lulworth House has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good, Better and Best Rooms to choose from: each room has an airy feel and the same cosy style. Opt though for Room 4 on the first floor of the main house for its weathered, pastel-painted wood panels and the lovely view looking over the cove, or squirrel yourself away in Room 23 in the cottage to the side of the main house for a large room with more sumptuous views to soak up.

All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ and ‘Best’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress and larger television – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-25 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.


Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, attractive garden, outdoor swimming pool, multi-purpose activity room, lounge, library and board games to borrow

After a day walking on the Dorset Coast or hunting for fossils, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Relax by sitting in the sunny south facing gardens or take a table on the terrace with matchless views of the cove below. Slip in to the heated outdoor pool then surface in time to retire to the cosy lounge and its squishy sofas and seafaring decorations to read up on the area or the attractive bar with its pretty tiled insets for a sundowner.

Food & Drink

As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at West Lulworth House is hearty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might tuck in to flavours such as Dorset blue Vinney, pork fillet with Purbeck Cider and apple sauce and New Forest wild mushroom tagliatelle. Settle in under the large roof lantern or beside the panoramic double doors to dine in style – if the sun’s out they’ll even throw the doors open to let the outside in.


For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865

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Getting to West Lulworth House

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What to Bring

Essential Equipment

  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner,
  • Thermos flask for hot drink,
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
  • Small torch
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
  • Insect repellent,
  • Sun hat,
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £20 per person.

Holiday Prices

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27 Sep - 01 Oct
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