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5-Night Dorset Coast Self-Guided Walking Holiday

Kimmeridge Bay Dorset
Duration: 5 nights
Type: Self-Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 1, 2 & 3
from £505pp £455pp

Enjoy a break on Dorset's Jurassic Coast with the walking experts; we have all the ingredients for your perfect self-guided escape. West Lulworth House, overlooking the magnificent Lulworth Cove, is geared to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and is in a fantastic location from which to explore the local area. Enjoy hearty local food, plan your walks with our detailed route notes and make the most of the many attractions in this stunning area.

Holiday Highlights

  • Use our Discovery Point, stocked with maps and walks directions, for exploring the local area
  • 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
  • Explore Corfe Castle
  • Take a ride on the Swanage Steam Railway
  • 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
  • The use of our Discovery Point to plan your walks – maps and route notes available

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.


Our easiest routes allow plenty of time to savour the magnificent coastal views. All our walk notes suggest the best places to stop, great pubs, and tea rooms.

  • Old Harry Rocks - 1 mile
  • Durdle Door Walk - 2 miles
  • Durdle Door Circuit - 3 miles
  • Durlston Head - 3 miles
  • Corfe Castle Round - 3 miles
  • Corfe Castle & Church Knowle - 4 miles

Some longer walks following some of the easier stretches of the Dorset Coast Path. Experience the wonderful seascapes and fresh sea air.

  • Over the downs to Durdle Door - 5 miles
  • Around St Aldhelm's Head - 5 miles
  • Old Harry Rocks & the Agglestone - 6 miles
  • Coastline west of Lulworth - 6 miles
  • Lulworth Cove Highlights - 6 miles
  • Durlstone Head & Dancing Ledge - 7 miles

Some longer walks, primarily following the Dorset Coast Path. Be prepared for some short, but steep ascents and descents as you follow this rugged stretch of coastline.

  • Rollercoaster Cliffs west of Lulworth - 6 miles
  • Corfe Castle to Swanage - 8 miles
  • Coastline to Ringstead Bay - 9 miles
  • Lulworth to Tynham - 10 miles
  • Corfe Castle to Swanage via Studland - 11 miles
  • Corfe Castle to Swanage via the Coast - 13 miles
  • Durlston Head & St Aldhelm's Head - 13 miles

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

Following the relaxation in government guidance on 19 July, we are continuing to take extra steps to keep our guests leaders, and staff safe in our HF country houses. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

The English, Scottish and Welsh governments are not in sync, so measures in our country houses will vary between the nations. With the relaxation of social distancing in England, from 19 July we will be allowing larger groups to dine and relax in the bar together. However, we will still give guests space e.g. we will seat 6 people at a table where pre-pandemic we may have seated 8. We will ensure our public rooms are well ventilated by opening doors and windows wherever possible. If you have any concerns about distancing, please speak to the House Manager. The government recommendation for England is to wear face coverings in crowded areas. You must wear a face covering by law in public areas in hotels in Scotland. This is mandatory in public spaces; however, face coverings will not be required whilst eating and drinking in the restaurant and bar areas or whilst you are outside our houses. In Wales face coverings will remain a legal requirement indoors, with the exception of hospitality premises.

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 will though be increasing the frequency of cleaning in our public areas providing particular attention to frequently touched items including door handles and handrails.

Menus for the week will be available in your room on arrival. A self-service breakfast will be served from 7.45am – 9am. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. Evening meals will be table service. A dinner order form will be available in each room for completion. Dinner is served at either 7.15pm or 7.30pm. Please check at the house for details. The bar will be open. We will be offering a table service but guests can also come to the bar to order (depending on local restrictions).

Join our team after dinner on Wednesday evenings for the HF Big Pub Quiz. There will be one other evening of entertainment at the start of the week, which will vary depending on the country house that you are staying at. Our Walk Leaders will also be on hand in the bar or lounge for individual or small group walks talks briefings, which allow guests to talk through the following day’s walk options and ask any questions. All of our swimming pools are open, except for Glen Coe, which will not re-open this year. Swimming Pools will be operated in line with maximum capacities.

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

Rooms

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 Classic, Premium and Superior 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 ‘Classic’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Premium’ and ‘Superior’ 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.

Facilities

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 (currently closed) 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.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865 or view the accessibility information online for West Lulworth House

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All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £30 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2021
05 Dec - 10 Dec 2021
5 Self-Guided £479 £439 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
2022
06 Mar - 11 Mar 2022
5 Self-Guided £505 £455 Save £50 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
24 Apr - 29 Apr 2022
5 Self-Guided £579 £549 Save £30 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
5 nights
Type:
Self-Guided Walking
Walking Grade:
1 & 2

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