5-Night Dorset Coast New Year Guided Walking Holiday

Serene South Dorset Beach and Sea at Sunset
Duration: 5 nights
Type: Festive Breaks
Walking Grade: 2 & 3
from £799pp

The Dorset Coast is beautiful all year round but there are some even more spectacular sights around winter. Spend the festive season on the Dorset Coast, socialising and walking in this beautiful place. There’s something magical about walking in winter. Whether it’s the frosty footsteps, the clear crisp air, or the breathtaking views, it’s a wonderful time to go walking. Join our festive breaks and choose from a guided walking holiday in the company of one of our knowledgeable leaders. We pull out all the stops on our festive holidays, with fabulous food, lots of seasonal entertainment and great walks and activities. The walks are tailored to the time of year and will remain flexible to suit the weather conditions. Each day three grades of walk will be offered. So wrap up warm, lace up your boots and go for an invigorating walk.

Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoy Christmas or New Year at our new Country House at Lulworth Cove
  • Plenty of exercise to walk off the festive excesses
  • A choice of guided walks along the spectacular Dorset Coast
  • Just relax, soak up the party atmosphere, enjoy wonderful festive fare and leave all the organising to us
  • Evening activities include dancing, quizzes and carol evenings 

What’s included

  • Wonderful meals – full selection at breakfast, your choice of picnic lunch, an excellent evening meal and plenty of festive treats
  • A programme of organised walks and activities
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays’ guides
  • Any transport to and from the walks

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

On our Guided Walking holidays, we believe that choice is key. Our walks descriptions will help you choose according to your interests and fitness. The walks are grouped together with care by local experts to give the best experience. While every effort will be made to adhere to the described itinerary, we may occasionally vary the sequence shown here or substitute an alternative route to suit local conditions or for other operational reasons, potentially at short notice.

You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.


Today’s walks start from three different villages in the Purbeck peninsula and follow the medieval Priests’ Way to Durlston Country Park, a clifftop nature reserve. Each walk also follows part of the ‘South West Coast Path, the longest National Trail in Britain before finishing in the seaside town of Swanage.

The section of coast between Dancing Ledge and Swanage is worth the journey to Langton and Worth Matravers from where we head south to reach the superb South West Coast Path into Swanage. The harder walk starts near Kingston and takes in St Aldhelm’s Head with its Norman castle.


Today’s walks take advantage of the military ranges opening up for Christmas and will explore some of the area’s most dramatic scenery in the area above and around the village of West Lulworth. The medium and harder walks go through the unmissable deserted village of Tyneham and then follow the South West Coast Path back to Lulworth Cove.


The lovely village of Corfe, with its imposing castle, features on all today’s walks. The easier and medium routes start here, while the harder has an additional section starting at Kingston. We follow the chalk ridge that runs along the Isle of Purbeck to the coast, with outstanding views in all directions, to finish in the village of Studland.


Circular walks that head west from Lulworth Cove to see some of the most famous cliff scenery of the south coast. All walks pass above Durdle Door on the way back, the easier walk first going north over downland to reach Newlands Farm then down to the sea via Scratchy Bottom. The medium route goes as far as West Bottom before following the coast home, and the harder follows a similar route with its apex at Holworth House near Ringstead.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. 


You're welcome to check-in to your room from 2:30 p.m. onwards (upgraded rooms from 1 p.m.) Please join us for afternoon tea.


The lovely village of Corfe, with its imposing castle, features on all today’s walks. The easier and medium routes start here, while the harder has an additional section starting at Kingston. We follow the chalk ridge that runs along the Isle of Purbeck to the coast, with outstanding views in all directions, to finish in the village of Studland.


Today’s walks start from three different villages in the Purbeck peninsula and follow the medieval Priests’ Way to Durlston Country Park, a clifftop nature reserve. Each walk also follows part of the ‘South West Coast Path, the longest National Trail in Britain before finishing in the seaside town of Swanage.

The section of coast between Dancing Ledge and Swanage is worth the journey to Langton and Worth Matravers from where we head south to reach the superb South West Coast Path into Swanage. The harder walk starts near Kingston and takes in St Aldhelm’s Head with its Norman castle.


Circular walks that head west from Lulworth Cove to see some of the most famous cliff scenery of the south coast. All walks pass above Durdle Door on the way back, the easier walk first going north over downland to reach Newlands Farm then down to the sea via Scratchy Bottom. The medium route goes as far as West Bottom before following the coast home, and the harder follows a similar route with its apex at Holworth House near Ringstead.


Today’s walks take advantage of the military ranges opening up for Christmas and will explore some of the area’s most dramatic scenery in the area above and around the village of West Lulworth. The medium and harder walks go through the unmissable deserted village of Tyneham and then follow the South West Coast Path back to Lulworth Cove.


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 Good, Better and Best Rooms to choose from: each room has an airy feel and the same cosy style. Opt though for Room 3 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 22 in the cottage to the side of the main house for a large room with more sumptuous views to soak up.

All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ and ‘Best’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 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 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.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865

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Getting to West Lulworth House

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What to Bring

“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

  • 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)

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
  • Sun hat and sunscreen (we may just get lucky and have some festive sunshine!)

Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-Member fee: £10 per person. Non-member associate fee: £10 per person.

Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2019
28 Dec - 02 Jan
5 New Year £799 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
2020
23 Dec - 28 Dec
5 Christmas £869 Available Trip Notes Book Now
28 Dec - 02 Jan
5 New Year £827 Available Trip Notes Book Now
Duration:
5 nights
Type:
Festive Breaks
Walking Grade:
2

5 nights from £799pp

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