Walking with Sightseeing at Lulworth Lodge

Dorset Coast

Code: MHWOD

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • History
  • Meadows & hills

Level

  • Easy
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Holiday overview

Enjoy full days exploring Dorset, combining guided walks of up to 5 miles (8km) and 850 feet (260m) of ascent, with plenty of time for sightseeing. Some ascents and descents are steep.

Holiday highlights

  • Walk on the Jurassic Coast to see the iconic Durdle Door
  • Discover Max Gate, Thomas Hardy’s home
  • Take a ride on a heritage steam railway and discover the romantic ruins of Corfe Castle
  • Experience rural Dorset and view the ancient carved giant at Cerne Abbas

Great reasons to join us

  • Great value: all prices include Full Board en-suite accommodation, the services of an experienced HF Holidays’ guide, all transport to and from the walks and sightseeing, and light-hearted evening activities
  • Walks & Visits: enjoy carefully selected guided walks and sightseeing visits with a knowledgeable leader
  • Accommodation: an outstanding location, just a stone's throw from the beach at Lulworth Cove
  • Sociability: we pride ourselves on the social atmosphere of our holidays - walk together, eat together and relax together

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Accommodation

Just a stone's throw from the beach at Lulworth Cove, Lulworth Lodge is a walkers lodge with      4-star Visit Britain Guest Accommodationmagnificent sea views from the private terrace.

As one of our smaller properties, it makes a comfortable and exclusive base for smaller groups.

Bedrooms

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.    

 

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Facilities

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.

 

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Food

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.

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Itinerary

Friday: arrival day

Chapmans Pool and the cliffs of the South Dorset coastSaturday: South Purbeck coast and Swanage

Walk on the Isle of Purbeck from Langton Matravers to Swanage, with great views towards the Isle of Wight. Our walk gives us the opportunity to explore the legacy of quarrying in the area, to spend some time at the visitor centre at Durlston Country Park (a recently renovated folly). We continue to the Victorian seaside resort of Swanage, with the chance to visit its heritage centre, enjoy a town trail, or simply relax on the beach. 5 miles (8km) with 650 feet (200m) of ascent.

 

View over Lulworth CoveSunday: The coast path and the "lost" village of Tyneham

Today we walk from above the little village of Kimmeridge, down to the coast and follow the South West Coast Path to Worbarrow Bay on the Army Ranges. From there we head inland and explore the deserted village of Tyneham. Abandoned for military training during the 2nd World War, this "lost" village is one of the area's hidden gems. 5 miles (8km) with 650 feet (200m) of ascent.

 

Monday: free day

 

NoneTuesday: Isle of Purbeck and Old Harry Rocks

We travel to the small village of Studland, on the Isle of Purbeck, where our walk takes us to Swanage, along the stunning South West Coast Path, passing the famous Old Harry Rocks. From Swanage we hop on board the heritage steam train to Corfe, to explore this pretty village and the romantic ruins of Corfe Castle. 4.5 miles (7.5km) with 500 feet (160m) of ascent.

 

 

The Cerne Abbas Giant, carved into the chalk hillsideWednesday: The Cerne Giant and Max Gate

A chance to escape the crowds and to explore a bit of rural Dorset. We walk from Minterne Magna, north west of Dorchester, up onto a ridge with lovely views above the Cerne Valley, then down into Cerne Abbas village, contouring below the famous Cerne Giant. After exploring this picturesque village we transfer to Max Gate, Thomas Hardy’s house, where he wrote many of his famous novels. 4 miles (6kms) with 450ft (140m) of ascent.

 

The impressive sea arch of Durdle DoorThursday: Lulworth and Durdle Door

Today we take a circular walk heading above the village of West Lulworth, walking down to the coast and following the South West Coast Path to the much photographed Durdle Door rock arch, before continuing back to Lulworth Cove. We've left the afternoon for you to relax, or there's the option of a boat ride (weather and tide permitting) or a visit to Lulworth Castle. 5 miles (8km) with 850ft (260m) of ascent.

 


Holiday information

  • Walks are up to 5 miles (8km) and 850 feet (260m) of ascent. Some ascents and descents are quite steep.
  • Each holiday visits a selection of museums, historic buildings and attractions, whose entrance is optional. Please allow £35 for admissions, less if you bring your National Trust card.
  • The seven night holiday has a free day on the Monday for you to explore independently.

Local area

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

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

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).

Train at Wool station 

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, 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. 

 

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10 May 2016, 2:28 p.m.

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efficient company, lovely holiday locations

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I did Discovery Walks here
9 May 2016, 6:01 p.m.

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HF keep referring to Guided Walking when we were on a Discovery Walk holiday.
5 May 2016, 6:43 a.m.

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All staff were superb!

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Guide; Pat; was again Superb, very professional, knowledgeable etc.

Overall; An excellent 3 nights, although I stayed and extra night! Bank Holiday Monday.
2 Nov 2015, 7:12 a.m.

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Walking was good generally and places visited interesting. The transport was not as good as usual.

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Service was very good, helpful and friendly.
29 Oct 2015, 1:32 p.m.

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Hated the huge mugs used at Lulworth Lodge!
Bring back cups and saucers!
11 Sep 2015, 8:12 p.m.

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All as hoped for.

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Very enjoyable walking and sociable
9 Sep 2015, 6:52 p.m.

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Small hotel and good food.

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A small group of ladies in a small hotel with good food. The only problem was that if you wanted any evening entertainment, you had to walk up to the main hotel up the road in the dark, as no street lighting.
1 Jul 2015, 4:41 p.m.

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Usual good feel

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Good now redone, especially for our sized group, staff good but a bit stretched I feel
1 Jul 2015, 9:35 a.m.

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HF Holidays are nearly always excellent, that is why I keep going on them every year.

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I have been to many HF houses over the years and they have nearly always been excellent . I have not rated Lulworth excellent because I was disappointed with the room that I was in.
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This holiday was not "guided walking"----I was on a "discovery walks" holiday

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20 Oct 2017 MHWOD - Guided Walking with Sightseeing - Lulworth Lodge 7 £819.00 £789.00 Offer - £30 off pp Book Now
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