7-Night Dorset Coast Walking with Sightseeing Holiday

Old Harry Rocks
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Walks with sightseeing
Walking Grade: 2

Enjoy a week on the stunning Dorset Coast for a perfect mix of short, guided walks (4-5 miles) combined with time spent sightseeing. The natural wonders of the Dorset coastline are not to be missed so a range of guided walks are planned to take in some of the most scenic stretches including between Kimmeridge and Worbarrow Bay, from Lulworth Cove to Durdle Door and from Studland to Swanage, passing Old Harry Rocks. A steam train journey ends with an exploration of the hilltop ruins of Corfe Castle while walks take in highlights such as the Cerne Abbas Giant and the lost village of Tyneham. Please note: although the walks are not especially long in distance, they do feature some very steep sections, especially on the coast path.

Holiday Highlights

  • Walk on the stunning Jurassic Coast and see the iconic Durdle Door
  • Visit the deserted village of Tyneham & the famous Old Harry Rocks
  • Experience rural Dorset and view the ancient chalk-carved giant at Cerne Abbas 
  • Ride the steam railway from the Victorian seaside resort of Swanage to Corfe Castle
  • Visit the pretty villages of West Lulworth, Kimmeridge and Studland

 

What’s included

  • From 01 January 2022, all admission fees to places of interest (including National Trust and English Heritage sites) are included in the price
  • All transport to and from walks and places of interest
  • High quality en-suite accommodation in our country house
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • The services of an HF Holidays Leader

 

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

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

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.


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.


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.


Discover more about West Lulworth House and the local area for ideas on how to spend your free day.


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.

4½ miles (7½km) with 500 feet (160m) of ascent.


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 Dorchester for some sightseeing.

4 miles (6kms) with 450ft (140m) of ascent.


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 you could take a trip to Lulworth Castle.

5 miles (8km) with 850ft (260m) of ascent.


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.

 

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. Food at West Lulworth House is varied with a strong emphasis on the use of seasonal British produce. Our experienced chefs create each dish using only the freshest ingredients and, when in season, use home grown herbs and vegetables taken from our own gardens to give a true taste of the local area.

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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Getting to West Lulworth House

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Essential Information

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong type of clothing!” goes the adage. Come prepared for all eventualities and you’ll walk in comfort as well as safety. Britain’s famous for its changeable weather, so here’s our advice on what to wear and bring.

Essentials

  • Waterproof walking boots providing ankle support and good grip.
  • A waterproof jacket and over-trousers
  • Gloves and a warm hat (it can be chilly at any time of the year)
  • Rucksack
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)
  • A small torch (everywhere in winter, year round in mountains)
  • Sun hat and sunscreen
    Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.

Recommended

  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed
  • Specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • A first aid kit inc plasters– your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication
  • Sit mat (insulated pad to sit on when you stop for a break)

You might also want

  • Walking poles, particularly useful for descents.
  • Insect repellent
  • Flask for hot drinks
  • Rigid lunch box
  • Gaiters
  • Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
  • Waterproof rucksack liner

Guest Reviews

Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Walks with sightseeing
Walking Grade:
2

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