Dorset Coast Path

Guided Trail

Code: MHLUL

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Activity types:

  • Coastal

Level

  • Medium
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Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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Holiday overview

Enjoy dramatic scenery and fossil-filled beaches as you journey along England’s first Natural World Heritage Site – the spectacular ‘Jurassic Coast’ in Dorset. Our route follows the final section of the South West Coast Path, from the Golden Cap to Studland Bay, and you’ll stay at the stunning horseshoe cove at Lulworth.

Holiday highlights:

  • Discover the South West’s outstanding Jurassic Coast
  • Stay at HF Holidays’  Lulworth Lodge, an ideal central location for this trail
  • Wonderful scenery along rugged coastline including chalk cliffs, Golden Cap and the famous Durdle Door

What’s included:

  • 7 nights’ Full Board en-suite accommodation with all meals
  • The services of an experienced HF Holidays’ guide
  • All transport to and from the route is provided on walking days
  • Social activities in the evening

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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Holiday itinerary

Planned Itinerary

(The itinerary on Friday 29 July and Friday 19 August will follow the programme detailed below. As the access is restricted at times on the Lulworth Army Ranges  the order of walks will change for holidays on Friday 1 April and Friday 23 September to the following: Golden Cap to West Bexington; Lulworth Cove to Worth Matravers; Rest Day; West Bexington to Elwell; Weymouth to Lulworth Cove; Worth Matravers to Studland.) 

Golden Cap to West Bexington

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.

West Bexington to Elwell

From West Bexington we take the Inland Coast Path section (also known as the South Dorset Ridgeway) 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 Age and Iron Age remains and constructions 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 Elwell, north of Weymouth. 12 miles (20km), with 1,300 feet (400m) of ascent.

Rest Day

A day without any walks programmed, giving you the opportunity to explore the local area independently

Weymouth to Lulworth Cove

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.

 Lulworth Cove to Worth Matravers

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 abandoned village, leaving the Ranges at Kimmeridge Bay.  We then follow the Kimmeridge Ledges towards the picturesque village of Worth Matravers, with its village pond and traditional pub. 13 miles (21km), with 2,600 feet (800m) of ascent.

Worth Matravers to Studland Bay

From Worth Matravers, our final stretch around the Isle of Purbeck takes us first to the beautiful headland of St Aldhelm’s Head – a stunning start to the day. We reach the sheer cliffs of Dancing Ledge, interspersed with caves. Our route progresses along white cliffs then around Durlston Head and Peveril Point, into the Victorian resort of Swanage. After following Swanage Bay, the iconic sea stacks of Old Harry mark our final stretch of the coast path to Studland, with views towards Poole Harbour. 13 miles (21km), with 1,900 feet (580m) of ascent.

The itinerary may be subject to change at the discretion of the leader with regard to the weather and other external factors 

 

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:

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

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

Swanage 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

Monkey 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

Kingston 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

Weymouth
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

Travel

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

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29 Aug 2016, 5:50 p.m.

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This coastal path was not rated as a harder walk but certain days certainly were. The lodge is an extremely good place to stay.
10 Aug 2016, 9:47 a.m.

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Excellent organisation, accomodation, leadership

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Amazing walk with friendly people
8 Aug 2016, 8:50 p.m.

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Very easy to book, good information beforehand, friendly company.

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Great setting & service, rooms beautifully appointed, lovely walks & views, good company .
8 Aug 2016, 2:16 p.m.

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8 Aug 2016, 10:27 a.m.

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All the booking arrangements, accommodation, service and in particular the leader were excellent.
8 Aug 2016, 7:32 a.m.

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HF is a well established organisation that understands customer service and delivers what it promises to deliver. Lulworth Lodge has been refurbished to an excellent standard. The food was outstanding as was the local coach service.

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The Dorset Coast Path is an iconic walk that should appeal to all who like trails and coastlines. Some days are very tough and the trail needs an experienced and empathetic leader who can pace a walk which is what we had. It was a brilliant walking experience.
8 Aug 2016, 7:22 a.m.

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Easy to book online and the information provided before the holiday was clear and comprehensive. John the leader was fantastic. Really friendly and clearly loved walking and Dorset. We both had a great time.

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The holiday was excellent and I cannot think of anything that could be better. The hotel was superb with great locally cooked produce. The hotel manager
Madison was willing to do anything to accommodate special requirements. The coach drivers were prompt and courteous with Callum a wealth of local knowledge. Overall an enjoyable holiday with fantastic walking made even better by our leader John.
8 Aug 2016, 5:32 a.m.

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No problems with booking the holiday. All staff I dealt with were pleasant, knowledgeable and helpful

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I could not fault this holiday (Dorset Coastal Trail). The accommodation, leader and organisation were all excellent. The Lodge is a wonderful place to stay and I would definitely recommend it for location, comfort and food
16 Sep 2015, 1:28 p.m.

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Great holiday which was well lead.

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14 Apr 2017 MHLUL - Dorset Coast Path - Lulworth Lodge 7 £839.00 £669.00 Offer - £170 off pp - Top Offer Book Now
26 May 2017 MHLUL - Dorset Coast Path - Lulworth Lodge 7 £839.00 £669.00 Offer - £170 off pp - Top Offer Book Now
28 Jul 2017 MHLUL - Dorset Coast Path - Lulworth Lodge 7 £839.00 £669.00 Offer - £170 off pp - Top Offer Book Now
22 Sep 2017 MHLUL - Dorset Coast Path - Lulworth Lodge 7 £839.00 £669.00 Offer - £170 off pp - Top Offer Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • 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

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