Dorset Coast Path Guided Trail Holiday

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Duration: 7 nights
Type: Guided Trails
Walking Grade: 3
from £1,069pp

Enjoy dramatic scenery as you journey along the spectacular ‘Jurassic Coast’ in Dorset - England’s first Natural World Heritage Site. Our trail follows the final section of the South West Coast Path, from Golden Cap to Studland Bay.

Holiday Highlights

  • Stay in the stunning horseshoe cove at Lulworth
  • Take on sections of England's first Natural World Heritage Site - the spectacular 'Jurassic Coast'
  • Enjoy dramatic scenery and fossil-filled beaches

What’s included

  • 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' walks leader
  • All transport on walking days

Trip Notes

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62 miles with 9-12 miles and up to 2,600 feet of ascent in a day.

Your leader will give an introductory talk about the holiday.

We start from Golden Cap, the highest point on the South Coast of Great Britain (626ft). On a clear day we can enjoy views across Lyme Bay and as far as Dartmoor. We will walk along the famous Jurassic Coast into the pretty village of Seatown, before the next hill takes us over to West Bay. Beaches and sandstone cliffs take us past Burton Bradstock to the start of the 18-mile long Chesil Beach at West Bexington.

11 miles (18km), with 1,350 feet (420m) of ascent.

From West Bexington we take the Inland Coast Path section via Abbotsbury, with views out towards Chesil Beach and a chance to explore one of the UK’s most important ancient ceremonial landscapes. Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Age constructions and remains line our route. We pass the National Trust monument to the Battle of Trafalgar, hero Vice-Admiral Hardy, on its exposed setting above Portesham. We finish at the village of Upweyl, north of Weymouth.

11 miles (17.5km), with 1,300 feet (400m) of ascent.

We start this section from the outskirts of this seaside resort made popular by regular visits from King George III. The path goes over grassy cliff tops to reach the old smugglers’ haunt at Osmington Mills. From there we continue to Ringstead Bay and ascend to White Nothe cottages, the highest coastguard cottages on the Dorset Coast. The landscape becomes more dramatic as the path descends and ascends steeply three times before passing the famous arch of Durdle Door and finally descends with wonderful views into Lulworth Cove.

10 miles (16km), with 1,800 feet (550m) of ascent.

Walking from Lulworth around the Cove, we ascend on to the Lulworth Army Ranges. Access to the path here is restricted to when there is no live firing. We pass above the Fossil Forest and the attractive bay at Mupe and then follow a dramatic and scenic section of steep cliffs to Warbarrow Bay and Tyneham, the deserted village, leaving the Ranges at Kimmeridge Bay. We then follow the Kimmeridge Ledges towards the picturesque village of Kingston, with its fine church and traditional pub.

12 miles (20km), with 2,500 feet (750m) of ascent.

From Kingston, we rejoin the South West Coast Path to take us first to the beautiful headland of St Aldhelm’s Head – a stunning start to the day. We reach the cliffs of Dancing Ledge, interspersed with caves. Our route then progresses along white cliffs to Durlston Head and the Visitor Centre.

9 miles (15km), with 1,450 feet (440m) of ascent.

From Durlston we continue to Peveril Point and into the Victorian resort of Swanage. After following Swanage Bay and ascending on to the Downs, the iconic sea stacks of Old Harry mark our final stretch of the coast path, past Studland and on to South Haven Point, the end of the South West Coast Path.

9 miles (14.5km), with 925 feet (280m) of ascent.

Dorset Coast Path Map

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.


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.


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.


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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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.


  • 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.


  • 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

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
16 Sep - 23 Sep 2022
7 Guided Trail £1,069 Available Trip Notes Book Now
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7 nights from £1,069pp

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