Dorset's Jurassic Coast Geology Holiday

A fossil-filled exploration of the fascinating Jurassic Coast

Code: LHWGE

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
From £460.00 - 4 nights

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Holiday overview

Explore 150 million years of the Earth's history as we travel through the beautiful scenery of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. We'll visit classic spots such as Lulworth Cove, the Isle of Portland, Chesil Beach and Lyme Regis. There will also be an opportunity to admire world-class fossils in the new museum at Kimmeridge, and search for our own specimens along the coast. During the course of each day we'll walk up to 5 miles (8km) over some rough ground.

Holiday highlights

  • Experienced leaders share their knowledge and guide you to the best locations
  • Enjoy the landscape around you and understand how it was created

Price includes

  • High quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our Country House
  • Guidance from a knowledgeable HF Holidays’ leader, to ensure you get the most from your holiday
  • All essential transport on a comfortable, good-quality mini-coach or other mode of transport, e.g. boat
  • Entrance fees to venues included as part of your holiday’s itinerary

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Accommodation

HF Holidays' West Lulworth House in West Lulworth

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 the outdoor swimming pool. The house has undergone major investment with the completion of a new lounge and dining room

We have 20 newly refurbished bedrooms at West Lulworth House, many with wonderful views down to the sea. 

Rooms

'Good' Rooms 

These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:

  • Check in from 2:30pm
  • Tea and coffee-making facilities
  • 23 inch TV
  • Toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Free WiFi

'Better' Rooms 

These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:

  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

Only an extra £15 per person per night

'Best' Rooms 

These rooms truly are the best in the house for extra luxury during your stay. They include:

  • Recently refurbished to an exceptional standard
  • Large rooms
  • Stunning views of the surrounding area
  • Early check in from 1pm
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Fluffy bathrobe & slippers
  • 32 inch TV
  • More luxurious mattress
  • Enhanced toiletries
  • Hairdryer
  • Smalls drying rack
  • Free WiFi

Only an extra £20 per person per night

Choose Your Room: Our new “Choose Your Room” service is available at our UK country houses, providing the option to choose and confirm a specific room for an extra £30 per room. Supplements to upgrade to 'Better' or 'Best' rooms still apply. The choice of room number must be of the same room type as originally booked and is subject to availability.

At the house

  • Excellent boot and drying rooms
  • Recently extended
  • New lounge and dining room opening up onto a terrace with views over the cove
  • Free WiFi is available in the public rooms
  • South-facing garden
  • Outdoor swimming pool
    (Open in summer)
  • Complimentary parking for guests is available in the public car park opposite the house

Dining

An example of Lulworth cheese board an option with your HF dinnerAll holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
 Take your fill from our famous self-service picnic lunches
A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the barJust relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.

All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.

Itinerary

Arrival day

You can check in to your room from 2.30pm onwards (better & best rooms from 1pm). Please join us for afternoon tea. This is the first occasion when everyone in the country house meets together – an opportunity to meet your leader and fellow guests, and find out more about your holiday.

Other days

On our Natural World holidays we spend most of the day outdoors, travelling to new areas by mini-coach, and then exploring them on foot. We stop regularly to admire the scenery, look at rock formations and search for fossils.

Around Lulworth

After a hearty breakfast we begin by examining a wonderful local landform, the picture-perfect Lulworth Cove with its crumpled rocks. Then we head for the iconic sea arch that is Durdle Door, followed by a visit to Kimmeridge Bay where there will be an opportunity to visit the newly opened fossil museum and look at the rocks along the coast.

Isle of Portland & Chesil Beach

Armed with a tasty picnic lunch, we head west to a high point on the Isle of Portland where we’ll soak up the excellent coastal views. We’ll then walk around a sculpture park that is set in a series of abandoned stone quarries with many interesting geological features, before visiting Portland Bill. Later in the day we’ll look more closely at the Chesil Beach tombolo, before ending at the spectacular golden-yellow cliffs close to Bridport.

Around Lyme Regis

Today we’ll search for fossils at Lyme Regis, and depending on the state of the tide and the cliffs, other localities along the coast. There is always plenty of interest to see in the rocks that have been freshly exposed by the winter storms, so this day is a voyage of discovery and a perfect finale to a brilliant holiday.

Departure day

Depart after a leisurely breakfast

Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.  

 

What to bring

  • Outdoor clothing appropriate to the season, including waterproofs
  • Strong, comfortable footwear with a good tread is essential
  • Thermos flask (optional)
  • Camera  (optional - as many of the sites are photogenic, plus you capture a visual record what you have seen)
  • Notebook and walking poles (optional - but very handy)

 

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 soft rocks by the waves. 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 is developed in more resistant limestones. 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

We recommend getting the train to Wool and then a taxi transfer to West Lulworth House. However if you are planning on driving, please note that you can only park in a public car park. Please check the process below

How to get to us by train

By train:

The nearest railway station is at Wool. For train times and route planning by train visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or phone 03457 48 49 50.

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

The 5 mile journey from Wool railway station takes approximately 15 minutes. Pre-booked taxis cost approx £13 per 4 seat taxi.  The taxi company will arragen shared taxis wherever possible.  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 as long as book your car in with House staff within 30 minutes of arriving, failure to do this could result in a fine from the Lulworth Estate.  

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.

Leaders

Philippe Apchin

Philippe’s enthusiasm for the natural world developed when working as a scuba-diving instructor and underwater naturalist all over the world.

Originally from France, he fell in love with the UK in 2004 and started exploring the country mountain biking, fell running, birdwatching and hill walking.

Now a full-time Mountain Leader, Philippe is leading walking holidays in the UK and in France and bespoke birdwatching tours in Provence. At home in Bath, he regularly guides country walks as a volunteer Cotswold Warden.

Philippe is a generalist leader with a passion to share his wide range of interests in birdwatching, wildlife, wildflowers, geography and geology developed through his experience in the field and attending online university courses.

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21 Oct 2019 LHWGE - The Jurassic Dorset Coast - Lulworth Cove 4 £495.00 £460.00 Save £35 Per Person Book Now

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