Butterflies & Wildflowers of the Dorset Coast
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Meadows & hills
Butterflies and wildflowers are inextricably linked by the need for particular caterpillar food plants. During this fascinating and colourful holiday we shall give equal attention to identifying both butterflies and flowers of chalk downs, heathland and the Portland limestone.
- Plethora of salt and drought specialist plants at Studland dunes and heathland
- Old limestone quarries now celebrated butterfly reserves on the Isle of Portland
- Leisurely walks with regular stops to watch butterflies and enjoy wildflowers
- Our expert leader will guide you around the best sites
Great Reasons to Join Us
- Great value: price includes Full Board en-suite accommodation, guidance from our expert leader, transport to locations and any entrance fees
- Accommodation: enjoy high quality accommodation and excellent food at all of our Country Houses
- Expert leaders: our leaders are expert in their field and will ensure that you get the most from your holiday
- Sociability: spend time with like-minded people in a fun and relaxed environment
Just a stone's throw from the beach at Lulworth Cove, Lulworth Lodge is a walkers lodge with magnificent sea views from the private terrace.
As one of our smaller properties, it makes a comfortable and exclusive base for smaller groups.
We have 12 bedrooms at Lulworth Lodge, some with spectacular views to the sea.
Our classic bedrooms offer comfortable accommodation and an en-suite bathroom with bath or shower. They also have TV, hairdryer, and tea and coffee making facilities. Single rooms are available for an extra £8 per night.
You can enjoy extra space or exceptional views plus additional facilities including a towelling robe and complimentary slippers when you upgrade to a premium bedroom. Premium rooms are available at just £5 extra per person per night.
All our Country Houses are tailored to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and have excellent boot and drying rooms.
Lulworth Lodge has a relaxed lounge area with open fireplace. There is also a bar and dining area. Free WiFi is available in the public rooms.
Outside the raised private terrace has seating with delightful views down to the cove.
Complimentary parking is available for guests in the public car park about 100 metres from Lulworth Lodge.
All holidays at our Country Houses are Full Board with all meals included, from dinner on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure.
Start your day with our extensive breakfast. Choose from a wide selection on the cold buffet and/or a full cooked breakfast. Maybe enjoy a lighter option of fruit and yoghurt followed by scrambled egg, go for porridge followed by a full English breakfast, or select something in between.
Choose from our famous self-select picnic lunches - everything you need to keep you going on a day outdoors. Your own choice of sandwiches is prepared to order, and you can add crisps and snacks, fruit, nuts, chocolate bars, sweets and biscuits as you wish.
Our house-based Leisure Activities include an in-house lunch (generally soup, sandwiches etc).
The relaxed dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses. With tables seating up to 10 and no seating plan, it offers a great opportunity to get to know your fellow guests. There is always a choice of dishes for every course, featuring good British cooking and often local specialities. A vegetarian option is always available.
All our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.
Friday: Arrival day
You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards. Please join us for afternoon tea at 4pm. All guests are invited – we’ll introduce your leader and welcome you to your holiday.
Saturday: Durlston Country Park
Jumping in at the deep end we head for Swanage and one of Dorset’s finest flower and butterfly reserves. On the limestone grassland a vast range of calcicole flowers can be seen and a dozen species of butterfly could be flying, including the gorgeous Adonis Blue.
Sunday: Purbeck Heaths
The heathland reserves of Hartland Moor and Stoborough Heath encompass acidic and alkaline soils with grassland, heath and bog; a total contrast to yesterday’s habitats, and offering a whole different range of plants. Butterflies will be fewer but should include Green Hairstreak.
Monday: Free day
A free day for you to explore the local area or to relax in the Country House.
Tuesday: The Portland Quarries
The limestone of the Isle of Portland has been quarried for centuries, leaving behind some superb sites for both plants and butterflies. Several old quarries are butterfly reserves and we shall explore these thoroughly for butterflies like Small and Silver-studded Blue and plants such as ivy Broomrape.
Wednesday: Lodmoor and Chesil Beach
Two more of Dorset’s great range of habitats! The wetland at Lodmoor will introduce plant species we have not seen on previous walks, while the unique Chesil Beach gives us a chance to see shingle specialists such as Sea Pea and Sea Kale. We’ll also have the possibility of viewing immigrant butterflies.
For our final walk we visit the dunes and sandy heathland at Studland with fine views to the Old Harry Rocks. We can expect some salt- and drought-tolerant plants like Sea Holly, and butterflies of open ground such as Skippers and Small Copper.
Friday: Depart after a leisurely breakfast.
Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.
What to bring
Outdoor clothing appropriate to the season, including waterproofs
Strong, comfortable footwear with a good tread is essential
A hand lens, binoculars and a close-focussing monocular (not essential)
Thermos flask (optional)
Your favourite field guides to wildflowers and butterflies (Recommended are Blamey/Fitter, Wild Flowers of Britain and Ireland, and Wildguides British Butterflies)
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:
The 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
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
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
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
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 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
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
Weymouth is a fine Regency seaside resort with an ever-popular beach and bustling harbour.
Athelhampton 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
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
Lulworth Lodge, Lulworth Cove, Dorset BH20 5RQ
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).
By taxi: The 5 mile journey from Wool railway station takes approximately 10 minutes. Taxis cost approx £12 per taxi. Every year we negotiate a pre-booked rate for these journeys. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. We recommend pre-booking your taxi and the taxi company will arrange shared taxis wherever possible. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Lulworth Lodge Manager.
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, turn in to the public car park at the turning circle. Park your car here. This car park is free for HF Holidays’ guests. Pick up a parking permit from Lulworth Lodge. Exit the car park on foot by the Heritage Centre and follow the road towards the sea. Lulworth Lodge is 50 yards down this road on the left hand side.
To help you plan your journey, use www.traveline.info
Mike Phillips is a countryman born and bred. After a rural upbringing, his adult life has (apart from a few years in commerce) been devoted to enthusing and informing people about the fascinating wildlife of the British countryside, both as a tour guide and an adult education tutor. Mike’s expertise extends to most branches of natural history and he is a passionate believer in an holistic approach to the interdependency of the natural world, from the underlying geology through the vegetation to the creatures which depend on it. He now brings his long experience to leading for HF Holidays.
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|23 Jun 2017||MHWBF - Butterflies & Wildflowers of the Dorset Coast - Lulworth Lodge||7||£999.00||£924.00||Book Now|
Prices are per person
- Standard single room: (2016) £8 per night; (2017) no supplement
- Premium single room: £15 per night (2017 only)
- Premium twin/double room: (2016) £5 per person per night; (2017) £10 per person per night
- Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person