4-Night Dorset Coast Guided Walking Holiday

Durdle Door Dorset England
Duration: 4 nights
Walking Grade: 2 & 3
from £435pp £385pp

In the heart of the Jurassic Coast, snuggled above the shimmering waters of Lulworth Cove, our newly refurbished Country House is the perfect base for exploring this glorious fossil-rich coastline. On our Guided Walking holidays you'll visit beaches, lofty cliffs and the iconic arch of Durdle Door.

Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoy the remarkable coastal path and views of the iconic chalk cliffs, rugged headlands and hidden bays
  • Soak up the sea air and delight in the sweeping panoramas over the rolling Dorset hills
  • Let our knowledgeable leaders bring the surroundings to life
  • Spend the evenings enjoying the spectacular views from the terrace and outdoor swimming pool

What’s included

  • High quality en-suite accommodation in our Country House
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • 3 days guided walking
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point

Trip Notes

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Discover the Dorset Coast on Foot

Explore the very best of the Dorset on our guided walks. The coast is never far away, with the remarkable coastal path providing access to iconic chalk cliffs, rugged headlands and hidden bays. Soak up the sea air and delight in the sweeping panoramas over the rolling Dorset hills. Join our friendly and knowledgeable guides who will bring this beautiful landscape to life.

  • Our experienced guides offer the choice of up to three different walks each day
  • Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness
  • We provide flexible holidays. Join our guided walks, explore independently, or relax at Lulworth Cove

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.


Option 1 - Corfe Castle to Studland

 

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)

In Summary: Enjoy a stunning variety of inland and coastal scenery. Our walk from Corfe Castle to Studland follows the glorious chalk ridge along the spine of Purbeck peninsula, with the views getting ever more impressive as we near our destination.

Highlight: Walking atop the Downs is a real delight with panoramic views north over Poole Harbour, and south to the English Channel.

 

Option 2 - Chalk Downs & Heath

 

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Ascent: 1,300 feet (380m)

In Summary: Follow the chalk ridge from Corfe Castle heading towards the coast. Towards the end of the walk we cross the beautiful Godlingstone Heath, past the curious Agglestonne Rock, with the final stretch along the beach to Studland.

Highlight: Godlingstone Heath is a fascinating scenic contrast, and an excellent place to spot rare butterflies and lizards basking in the sand.

 

Option 3 - Old Harry Rocks

 

Distance: 11 miles (17½km)

Ascent: 1,350 feet (420m)

In Summary: Cross fields and common land to Corfe Castle then follow the fabulous chalk ridge along the spine of the Purbeck peninsula to Ballard Down and the coast at Old Harry Rocks.

Highlight: Soak up the sea views from the famous chalk stacks of Old Harry Rocks, and gaze out towards the corresponding Needles Rocks on the Isle of Wight.

 


Option 1 - Around Cerne Abbas

 

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Ascent: 800 feet (260m)

In Summary: Our circuit takes us through rolling countryside to the hamlet of Minterne Magna, ascends Minterne Hill and returns to the village of Cerne Abbas contouring below the carved giant.

Highlight: You'll be struggling to miss the famous Cerne Abbas giant - a 55 metre naked man carved into the chalk hillside above the viillage - don't be prudish! 

 

Option 2 - Buckland Newton circuit

 

Distance: 9½ miles (15½km)

Ascent: 1,200 feet (360m)

In Summary: Explore the glorious Dorset countryside on this undulating circuit over the downs to the village of Buckland Newton, then returning past the famous giant.

Highlight: An opportunity to discover the quieter delights of rural Dorset; a scene straight out of a Thomas Hardy novel.

 

Option 3 - The Wessex Ridgeway

 

Distance: 10½ miles (16½km)

Ascent: 1,500 feet (460m)

In Summary: A circular walk from Cerne Abbas. Follow the Wessex Ridgeway atop the chalk downs, visit Buckland Newton and Minterne Magna and enjoy splendid views of the Cerne and Sydling Valleys. 

Highlight: The walk finishes with some of the best views of the Giant.

 


Option 1 - Durdle Door

 

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Ascent: 1,150 feet (360m)

In Summary: Start inland at the hamlet of West Chaldon and head south to the coast path above Ringstead Bay. Our route avoids the steepest sections of the cliff path as we continue to Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove.

Highlight: Admire the classic views of Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove as you follow the coastal path past these geological masterpieces.

 

Option 2 - Osmington to Lulworth

 

Distance: 7 miles (11½km)

Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

In Summary: A fabulous walk along the Dorset Coast Path from Osmington to Lulworth Cove. A highlight is the rollercoaster chalk cliffs - expect some steep ups and downs as you follow this dramatic section of coastline towards Durdle Door.

Highlight: The tiny church of St Catherine-by-the-Sea. Little bigger than a garden hut it occupies a glorious position atop the cliffs.

 

Option 3 - Weymouth to Lulworth

 

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Ascent: 1,800 feet (540m)

In Summary: Follow this superb stretch of the Dorset Coast Path from Weymouth to Lulworth Cove. The cliffs steadily increase in grandeur as we pass Osmington Mills, then on over the rollercoaster cliffs to Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove.

Highlight: With fantastic sea views throughout, this is coastal walking at its very best.

 


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.


Option 1 - Dancing Ledge

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Ascent: 800 feet (240m)

In Summary: Walk from the village of Langton Matravers to the coast at Dancing Ledge, a popular spot for rock climbers. From here we head east along the South West Coast Path to the Swanage.

Highlight: There's time to explore the traditional seaside resort of Swanage with its beach, pier and steam railway.

 

Option 2 - St Aldhelm's Head

 

Distance: 9½ miles (15km)

Ascent: 1,200 feet (400m)

In Summary: Walk from the picturesque village of Worth Matravers to the coast at St. Aldhelm’s Head. From here the route follows the South West Coast Path, passing old quarries and Dancing Ledge to reach Swanage.

Highlight: With fine coastal walking throughout, there's much to enjoy on this strectch of the Jurassic Coast.

 

Option 3 - Chapman's Pool

 

Distance: 12 miles (19km)

Ascent: 1,800 feet (540m)

In Summary: This walk starts further west in the village of Kingston and goes south to join the coast at Houns-tout cliff. Our walk along the coastal path passes Chapman’s Pool with some steep ascents and descents before rounding St Aldhelm’s Head and continuing to Swanage.

Highlight: The horseshoe cove at Chapman's Pool; a tranquil haven beneath the towering cliffs.

 


Option 1 - Corfe Castle to Studland

 

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)

In Summary: Enjoy a stunning variety of inland and coastal scenery. Our walk from Corfe Castle to Studland follows the glorious chalk ridge along the spine of Purbeck peninsula, with the views getting ever more impressive as we near our destination.

Highlight: Walking atop the Downs is a real delight with panoramic views north over Poole Harbour, and south to the English Channel.

 

Option 2 - Chalk Downs & Heath

 

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Ascent: 1,300 feet (380m)

In Summary: Follow the chalk ridge from Corfe Castle heading towards the coast. Towards the end of the walk we cross the beautiful Godlingstone Heath, past the curious Agglestonne Rock, with the final stretch along the beach to Studland.

Highlight: Godlingstone Heath is a fascinating scenic contrast, and an excellent place to spot rare butterflies and lizards basking in the sand.

 

Option 3 - Old Harry Rocks

 

Distance: 11 miles (17½km)

Ascent: 1,350 feet (420m)

In Summary: Cross fields and common land to Corfe Castle then follow the fabulous chalk ridge along the spine of the Purbeck peninsula to Ballard Down and the coast at Old Harry Rocks.

Highlight: Soak up the sea views from the famous chalk stacks of Old Harry Rocks, and gaze out towards the corresponding Needles Rocks on the Isle of Wight.

 


Option 1 - Durdle Door

 

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Ascent: 1,150 feet (360m)

In Summary: Start inland at the hamlet of West Chaldon and head south to the coast path above Ringstead Bay. Our route avoids the steepest sections of the cliff path as we continue to Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove.

Highlight: Admire the classic views of Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove as you follow the coastal path past these geological masterpieces.

 

Option 2 - Osmington to Lulworth

 

Distance: 7 miles (11½km)

Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

In Summary: A fabulous walk along the Dorset Coast Path from Osmington to Lulworth Cove. A highlight is the rollercoaster chalk cliffs - expect some steep ups and downs as you follow this dramatic section of coastline towards Durdle Door.

Highlight: The tiny church of St Catherine-by-the-Sea. Little bigger than a garden hut it occupies a glorious position atop the cliffs.

 

Option 3 - Weymouth to Lulworth

 

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Ascent: 1,800 feet (540m)

In Summary: Follow this superb stretch of the Dorset Coast Path from Weymouth to Lulworth Cove. The cliffs steadily increase in grandeur as we pass Osmington Mills, then on over the rollercoaster cliffs to Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove.

Highlight: With fantastic sea views throughout, this is coastal walking at its very best.

 


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.


Option 1 - Agglestone Rock and Swanage

Distance: 5½ miles (9km)

Ascent: 550 feet (170m)

In Summary: Heading out over Studland Heath we pass the impressive Agglestone Rock before reaching the beach at beautiful Studland Bay. We then head up and over Ballard Down to finish in Swanage.  

Highlight: Explore the traditional seaside resort of Swanage with it’s beach pier and steam railway or simply relax with a coffee or a pint at the end of the walk.   

 

Option 2 - Down the Coast to Studland

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Ascent: 700 feet (220m) 

In Summary: This walk follows the same route as option 1 past the 400 tonne sandstone block at Agglestone and down to the coast Studland. Afterwards we take the coast path and take in Old Harry Rocks, we also finish in Swanage.

Highlight: Marvel at the magnificent chalk stacks of Old Harry Rocks at the start of the Jurassic Coast.

Option 3 - Corfe Castle to Swanage

Distance: 12½ miles (20km)

Ascent: 1,650 feet (500m)

In Summary: Enjoy a stunning variety of inland and coastal scenery. We begin in Corfe Castle and head towards the coast along the Purbeck Way. We leave the Purbeck Way to take in the village of Studland, before continuing along the coast to Swanage.  

Highlight: Soak up the sea views from the famous chalk stacks of Old Harry Rocks, and gaze out towards the corresponding Needles Rocks on the Isle of Wight.

 


Option 1 - The Priests' Way

Distance: 6 miles (9.5km)

Ascent: 650 feet (200m)

In Summary: Beginning in Langton Matravers we follow the medieval Priests' Way to Durlston Country Park, a cliff top nature reserve. We also follow part of the South West Coast Path to Swanage. Why not warm up with coffee and cake at Durlston? 

Highlight: Industrial heritage of stone quarrying and The Great Globe in Durlston Country Park.

 

Option 2 - Dancing Ledge

Distance: 8½ miles (13.5km)

Ascent: 1,150 feet (360m)

In Summary: We walk from the picturesque village of Worth Matravers down to the coast and along the famous South West Coast Path to Dancing Ledge. We then go on to follow the Priests' Way to Durlston Country Park and on to Swanage.  

Highlight: The delightful village of Worth Matravers and the old quarry at Dancing Ledge.

 

Option 3 - Purbeck Coast

Distance: 10½ miles (17.5km)

Ascent: 1,400 feet (440m)

In Summary: Walking out towards the coast above Chapman's Pool from the village of Kingston we take in the highlights of the South Purbeck Peninsula including Dancing Ledge, the Priests' Way and Durlson Country Park. We will be ready for a warm coffee or a pint once we reach Swanage. 

Highlight: The “Cathedral of the Purbecks” at Kingston and the spectacular views over the Encombe estate.

 


Option 1 - Above Lulworth

Distance: 6½ miles (10.5km) 

Ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)

In Summary: Walking a circular route from Lulworth, todays walk heads above the village, before descending to the coast where we follow the South West Coast Path. We’ll take soup and sandwiches on our walk today, with a delightful afternoon tea to look forward to on our return to West Lulworth House. 

Highlight: The spectacular Durdle Door features in our walk today.

 

Option 2 - Dorset Coast Path

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)

Ascent: 1,450 feet (440m)

In Summary: A fabulous circular walk visiting St Catherine’s Church with its beautifully etched glass. We return following a high level route back descending to the coast at Durdle Door and on to Lulworth. We’ll take soup and sandwiches on our walk today, with a delightful afternoon tea to look forward to on our return to West Lulworth House.

Highlight: Visit the tiny church of St Catherine’s-by-the-Sea with its beautifully etched stained glass atop the cliffs.

 

Option 3 - Durdle Door

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Ascent: 1,750 feet (540m)

In Summary: Again a fabulous circular walk above the coast visiting St Catherine’s Church with its beautifully etched glass. Expect some steep ups and downs as you follow the rollercoaster chalk cliffs back towards Durdle Door and on to Lulworth Cove. We’ll take soup and sandwiches on our walk today, with a delightful afternoon tea to look forward to on our return to West Lulworth House.

Highlight: The stunning and strenuous coastal walk along the 'Bottoms' and past Durdle Door. 

 


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.

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What to Bring

Essential Equipment

  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner,
  • Thermos flask for hot drink,
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre)
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
  • Small torch
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed)

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents
  • Insect repellent,
  • Sun hat,
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Camera

Guest Reviews

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

Holiday Prices

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2019
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Duration:
4 nights
Walking Grade:
2

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