7-night Dorset Coast Gentle Guided Walking Holiday

Duration: 7 nights
Type: Gentle Walks
Walking Grade: 1 & 2
from £929pp £879pp

This easier variation of our best-selling Guided Walking holidays is the perfect way to enjoy a gentle exploration of the Dorset Coast. The choice of three guided walks includes a gentle easy walk of 3 or 4 miles. Explore the very best of the Dorset on our gentle guided walks. The coast is never far away, with the remarkable coastal path providing access to iconic limestone cliffs, rugged headlands, hidden bays and the famous arch at Durdle Door. Soak up the sea air and delight in the sweeping panoramas over the rolling Dorset hills. Join our friendly and knowledgeable guides who will bring this beautiful landscape to life.

Holiday Highlights

Holiday Highlights:

  • Enjoy the remarkable coastal path and views of the iconic limestone 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

Whats Included:

  • High quality en-suite accommodation in our Country House
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • 5 days guided walking
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point

Trip Notes

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You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.

Option 1 - Langton Matravers to Swanage

Distance: 3.5 miles (7km)

Ascent: 400 feet (120m)

In Summary: Starting from Langton Matravers we head South until we reach the former coastal quarrying area looking down towards Dancing Ledge. We turn East along the top of this area and walk along its boundary with superb views out to sea until we reach Durlston Castle, the Jurassic Coast Visitor Centre.  From there we are taken to Swanage to explore this traditional Victorian seaside resort until we board the coach to return to our hotel. 

Don't miss: There's time to explore the traditional seaside resort of Swanage with its beach, pier and steam railway.


Option 2 - Dancing Ledge

Distance: 6 miles (9.5km)

Ascent: 800 feet (240m)

In Summary: Walk from the village of Langton Matravers to the coast at Dancing Ledge, a popular spot for rock climbers. From here we head east along the South West Coast Path to the Swanage.

Don’t miss: There's time to explore the traditional seaside resort of Swanage with its beach, pier and steam railway.

Option 3 - St Aldhelm's Head

Distance: 9½ miles (15km)

Ascent: 1,200 feet (400m)

In Summary: Walk from the picturesque village of Worth Matravers to the coast at St. Aldhelm’s Head. From here the route follows the South West Coast Path, passing old quarries and Dancing Ledge to reach Swanage.

Don’t miss: With fine coastal walking throughout, there's much to enjoy on this stretch of the Jurassic Coast.

Option 1 - Kingston to Corfe Castle

Distance: 3 miles (5 km)

Ascent: 200 feet (55m) 

In Summary: After visiting “the cathedral of the Purbecks” we take a gently undulating route from Kingston, across Corfe Common to Corfe Castle where we should have time to explore the Castle (National Trust), the railway station or any of the other attractions before walking to the Castle Visitor Centre to board our bus.  


Don't miss: Time at the end of the walk to explore Corfe Castle.


Option 2 - Worth Matravers to Corfe Castle via Kingston

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Ascent: 600 feet (180m)


Further details to follow.

Option 3 - Langton Matravers via the Priests way to Corfe Castle

Distance: 9 miles (15km)

Ascent: 1,150 feet (280m)

In Summary: : This walk begins in Langton Matravers and uses part of the historic Priests Way. We turn south for superb coastal views joining a permissive path which leads us to an inland balcony route heading to Worth Matravers.  We then follow the route taken by Option 2 walkers to Corfe Castle.

Don’t miss: Stunning coastal views along the way with the opportunity to explore Corfe Castle at the end of the walk.

Option 1 - Studland and Old Harry Rocks

Distance: 4 miles (6km)

Ascent: 500 feet (160m)

In Summary: On this circular walk from Studland we ascend steadily to the summit of Ballard Down from where we will have views over Swanage Bay before we turn towards Old Harry with views over Poole Harbour and (on a clear day) across to the Isle of Wight.  From Old Harry we return to Studland with opportunities there to explore or take refreshment. 

Don't miss: Stunning panoramic views of Poole Harbour and the opportunity to explore Studland.

Option 2 - 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.

Don’t miss: Walking atop the Downs is a real delight with panoramic views north over Poole Harbour, and south to the English Channel.

Option 3 - Chalk Downs & Heath

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)

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.

Don’t miss: Godlingstone Heath is a fascinating scenic contrast, and an excellent place to spot rare butterflies and lizards basking in the sand.

Option 1 - Minterne, The Cerne Giant and Cerne Abbas

Distance: 4 miles (6.5km)

Ascent: 300 feet (100m)

In Summary: This walk begins on the downs to the North of Cerne Abbas and we begin by descending into Minterne Magna with views of the attractive Manor House.  We walk through Upcerne and, with views of the Giant, onwards to Cerne Abbas.

Don't miss: The opportunity to view the attractive Manor House of Minterne Magna and vies of the famous Cerne Abbas giant.

Option 2 - Around Cerne Abbas

Distance: 6 miles (9.5km)

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.

Don’t miss: 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 3 - Cerne Abbas and Buckland Newton Circuit

Distance: 8½ miles (13.5km)

Ascent: 1,150 feet (360m)

In Summary: Starting in Cerne Abbas we walk below the Giant, and visit Buckland Newton, Minterne Magna and Upcerne before returning to Cerne Abbas.

Don’t miss: An opportunity to discover the quieter delights of rural Dorset; a scene straight out of a Thomas Hardy novel.

Option 1 - Durdle Door & Lulworth cove

Distance: 3.5 miles (5.5km)

Ascent: 450 feet (140m)

In Summary: After a short coach ride we alight at Daggers Gate and take a high level route overlooking the coast before gently descending the hidden valley that is Scratchy Bottom.  Reaching the coast just beyond Durdle Door enables us to get the best views before we encounter day visitors to this iconic location.  We then continue back to Lulworth Cove.

Don't miss: Admire the stunning views of Durdle door before continuing on to explore Lulworth cove.

Option 2 - 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.

Don’t miss: Admire the classic views of Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove as you follow the coastal path past these geological masterpieces.

Option 3 - 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.

Don’t miss: The tiny church of St Catherine-by-the-Sea. Little bigger than a garden hut it occupies a glorious position atop the cliffs.

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.



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 3 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 22 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, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 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

What to bring:


  • 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)


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

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Holiday Prices

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