Christmas & New Year Walking at Lulworth Cove

Dorset Coast

Code: LHXFW

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • Meadows & hills

Level

  • Easy
  • Medium
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Difficulty indicator

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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From £759.00 - 5 to 6 nights

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Holiday overview

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, afternoon tea and cakes every day, and plenty of festive sweets and nuts
  • A programme of organised walks and activities
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays’ guides
  • Any transport to and from the walks

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Accommodation

West Lulworth House has a wonderful elevated location just 200 yards from the sea. Its elevated location overlooking Lulworth Cove allows spectacular views from many of the rooms, the garden and 4-star Visit Britain Guest Accommodationthe outdoor swimming pool. The house has undergone major investment with the completion of a new lounge and dining room.

Bedrooms

We have 20 newly refurbished bedrooms at West Lulworth House, many with wonderful views down 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 at no extra charge.

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 £10 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.

West Lulworth House has recently been extended to provide a new lounge and dining room opening up onto a terrace with views over the cove. Free WiFi is available in the public rooms.

The house  has a sunny south-facing garden and outdoor swimming pool (open in summer).

Complimentary parking for guests is available in the public car park opposite the house.

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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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Evening

Guided Walking: enjoy a glass of wine or local beer in the bar before a talk about the next day's walks. After dinner there will be an activity or entertainment which you will be welcome to join. These vary from week to week but could include a talk on local history from a local speaker or a team quiz. Alternatively if you prefer, feel free to just relax in our lounge or bar.

Leisure Activities: many of our Leisure Activities holidays continue into the evening with programmed sessions. Other holidays will have the evenings free, and you will be welcome to join in other social activities that may be happening in the house.

Self-Guided Walking: there may be evening social activities happening in the house during your holiday, and you will be most welcome to join in. However, not all self-guided holidays will have evening activities available – if these are important to you, please check before booking.

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Itinerary

Our House Manager and leaders have put together a unique programme of walks and social activities, and look forward to welcoming you on your holiday.

The walks programme

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:
Easier: up to a maximum of 6 miles (10km)
Medium: up to a maximum of 8 miles (13km)
Harder: up to a maximum of 11 miles (17.5km)



Christmas – Festive Guided Walking

Friday 23 December 2016

Enjoy a warm welcome over afternoon tea.


Saturday 24 December 2016 – Christmas Eve

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 broad crest of 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.


Sunday 25 December 2016 – Christmas Day

We wish all our guests a Merry Christmas. 

Circular walks that head west from Lulworth Cove to see some of the most famous cliff scenery on the south coast. All walk above Durdle Door on the way back, the easier walk firstly 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.

When you return to West Lulworth House there will be a gift for all our guests under the tree. 

Our Christmas meal will be the highlight of the evening – enjoy traditional turkey with all the trimmings, or alternative options if you prefer. This is an opportunity to dress up – you are invited to ‘dress to impress’.


 
Monday 26 December 2016 – Boxing Day

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 in or near Kingston and takes in St Aldhelm’s Head.


Tuesday 27 December 2016

Today all three walks start in the village of Kingston and head out to Swyre Head for spectacular views west towards Weymouth Bay. The easier route crosses farmland and goes through the village of Church Knowle to reach the ridge which leads to Corfe Castle. The medium descends to the coast from Swyre Head and follows a short section of the South West Coast Path east, ascending to Houns-tout before eventually reaching Corfe Castle village, while the harder walk takes in more of the coast before coming back inland like the others to meet at the end.


Wednesday 28 December 2016

Today’s walks take advantage of the military ranges opening up for Christmas and will explore some of the area’s most dramatic scenery, and 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.


New Year – Festive Guided Walking

Thursday 29 December 2016

Enjoy a warm welcome over afternoon tea.


Friday 30 December 2016

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 in or near Kingston and takes in St Aldhelm’s Head.


Saturday 31 December 2016 – New Year’s Eve

Today’s walks take advantage of the military ranges opening up for Christmas and will explore some of the area’s most dramatic scenery, and 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.

 

Sunday 1 January 2017

We wish all our guests a Happy New Year. 

Circular walks that head west from Lulworth Cove to see some of the most famous cliff scenery on the south coast! All walk above Durdle Door on the way back, the easier walk firstly 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.


Monday 2 January 2017

Today all three walks start in the village of Kingston and head out to Swyre Head for spectacular views west towards Weymouth Bay. The easier route crosses farmland and goes through the village of Church Knowle to reach the ridge which leads to Corfe Castle. The medium descends to the coast from Swyre Head and follows a short section of the South West Coast Path east, ascending to Houns-tout before eventually reaching Corfe Castle village, while the harder walk takes in more of the coast before coming back inland like the others to meet at the end.

Local area

Discover Dorset

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:

Children looking at an historic tankThe 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

Steam locomotive at Swange StationSwanage 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

 

 

Group of chimps at Monkey WorldMonkey 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

Weymouth
Weymouth is a fine Regency seaside resort with an ever-popular beach and bustling harbour.

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

Exterior of Athelhampton HouseAthelhampton 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

 

 

Imposing fascade of Kingston Lacey houseKingston 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

 

 

 

Kingston Lacey image ©National Trust Images/Chris Lacey, Swanage Railway image © Brian Robert Marshall

Travel

Travel to Lulworth Cove

Our address is: West Lulworth House, Lulworth Cove, Dorset BH20 5RJ

How to get to us by train

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).

Train at Wool station 

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

The 5 mile journey from Wool railway station takes approximately 10 minutes. Pre-booked taxis cost approx £13 per taxi. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the West Lulworth House Manager.

 

Driving to us

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, there is a slip road on your left to West Lulworth House. Park on the slip road if you would like to take advantage of our bag drop off service, which is available from 10am to 6.30pm, on arrival and departure days. You can then continue to the public car park at the end of the slip road to park your car. This car park is free for HF Holidays’ guests. Pick up a parking permit from West Lulworth House.

 

Travel by plane

Travelling from overseas

If you're travelling from Europe the most convenient airport is at Southampton. From Southampton Airport Parkway station (adjacent to the airport terminal) there are direct trains every hour to Wool - journey time 1hr 20mins. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for details.

For most guests, travelling to either London Heathrow or London Gatwick airport is the best option. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for onward connections by train to Wool.

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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
23 Dec 2017 LHXFW - Festive Walking - West Lulworth House 6 £899.00 Book Now
29 Dec 2017 LHXFW - Festive Walking - West Lulworth House 5 £759.00 Book Now

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