Festive Self-guided Walking at Lulworth Lodge

Code: MHPXA

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • Meadows & hills

Level

  • Easier
  • Easy
  • 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 a festive break on the Dorset Coast. We have all the ingredients for your perfect self-guided escape this winter.

Lulworth Lodge, overlooking the magnificent Lulworth Cove, is geared to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts. In addition to fantastic days of winter walking (with the Dorset coastline almost all to yourself!), the lodge will treat you to hearty local food, our legendary picnic lunches, and our excellent boot and drying room (just in case the festive forecast doesn’t only include sunshine). To help you explore we'll give you a free Ordnance Survey map, plus detailed route notes for our recommended walks. On many holidays our experienced leaders are on hand to offer help and advice.

Great value. What’s included:

  • Full Board accommodation - breakfast, evening meal and an extensive walkers' picnic lunch
  • A free Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 scale Explorer map of the local area with every booking
  • Detailed route notes, ranging from short strolls to longer coastal walks
  • Country House Escapes guide – full of information about local attractions, activities and suggested itineraries to help plan your break
  • All the Country House facilities, including our well equipped boot and drying room and outdoor swimming pool
  • On many holidays our experienced walking leaders are available to offer help and advice

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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Self-guided walks

Our Discovery Point at Lulworth Lodge is the starting point for your outdoor adventure. You'll find:

  • Our recommended walking routes - detailed route notes for you to borrow
  • Comprehensive library of local maps and guidebooks
  • Ideas and contacts for more active options such as kayaking and pony trekking
  • A daily weather forecast 

When you're not walking, there's plenty to do locally. Why not explore Corfe Castle or take a ride on the Swanage Steam Railway. See the 'Local Area' tab for further ideas.

Detailed walking notes: all our walking notes contain detailed directions, route maps, and information about the places of interest on the route.

Sample route - MH Corfe Castle Round   Sample route - MH Corfe Castle to Swanage

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Laid back walks

Our easiest routes, allowing plenty of time to savour the magnificent coastal views. All our walk notes suggest the best places to stop, great pubs, and tea rooms.

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  HF Holidays walks level 1 easier   Old Harry Rocks - 1 mile
Self-guided walking at HF Holidays  HF Holidays walks level 1 easier Durdle Door Walk - 2 miles

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 HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy Durdle Door Circuit - 3 miles

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 HF Holidays walks level 1 easier  Corfe Castle Round - 3 miles

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 HF Holidays walks level 1 easier  Durlston Head - 3 miles

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 HF Holidays walks level 1 easier  Corfe Castle & Church Knowle - 4 m

Leg stretcher walks

Some longer walks following some of the easier stretches of the Dorset Coast Path. Experience the wonderful seascapes, and fresh sea air.

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HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy Over the downs to Durdle Door - 5 miles

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 HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy Around St Aldhelm's Head - 5 miles

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 HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy Old Harry Rocks & the Agglestone - 6 miles

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 HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy Coastline west of Lulworth - 6 miles
Self-guided walking at HF Holidays  HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy Lulworth Cove Highlights - 6 miles

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 HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy Durlstone Head & Dancing Ledge - 7 miles

Full on walks

Some longer walks, primarily following the Dorset Coast Path. Be prepared for some short, but steep ascents and descents as you follow this rugged stretch of coastline.

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HF Holidays walks level 3 medium Rollercoaster cliffs west of Lulworth - 6 miles

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 HF Holidays walks level 3 medium Corfe Castle to Swanage - 8 miles

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 HF Holidays walks level 3 medium Coastline to Ringstead Bay - 9 miles

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 HF Holidays walks level 3 medium Lulworth to Tynham - 10 miles

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 HF Holidays walks level 3 medium Corfe Castle to Swanage via Studland - 11 miles

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 HF Holidays walks level 3 medium Corfe Castle to Swanage via the Coast - 13 miles

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 HF Holidays walks level 3 medium Durlston Head & St Aldhelm's Head - 13 miles

What our HF Holidays' route testers say:

Old Harry Rocks -"An easy walk on good paths to Old Harry Rocks, one of the most iconic features of Dorset’s Jurassic coastline. Enjoy the far reaching views." Jim Horton, HF Holidays' Leader

Durdle Door -"A short walk uphill to one of the best views on the south coast."  Peter Maule, HF Holidays' Leader

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

Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
23 Dec 2016 MHPXA - Festive Self-guided - Lulworth Lodge 4 £595.00 Book Now
30 Dec 2016 MHPXA - Festive Self-guided - Lulworth Lodge 4 £549.00 Book Now
23 Dec 2017 MHPXA - Festive Self-guided - Lulworth Lodge 4 £615.00 Book Now
24 Dec 2017 MHPXA - Festive Self-guided - Lulworth Lodge 3 £465.00 Book Now
27 Dec 2017 MHPXA - Festive Self-guided - Lulworth Lodge 3 £335.00 Book Now
30 Dec 2017 MHPXA - Festive Self-guided - Lulworth Lodge 4 £565.00 Book Now
30 Dec 2017 MHPXA - Festive Self-guided - Lulworth Lodge 3 £425.00 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