4-Night Dorset Coast Guided Walking Holiday

Lulworth Cove, Dorset at Sunset
Duration: 4 nights
Type: Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 2 & 3
from £495pp £465pp

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
Three days of guided walking
Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point
Choice of up to two guided walks each walking day
The services of HF Holidays Walking Leaders

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

 

You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.


Option 1 - Dancing Ledge

Distance: 6 miles (9.5km)

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: 1,300 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 stretch of the Jurassic Coast.


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.

Don’t miss: Walking atop the Downs is a real delight with panoramic views north over Poole Harbour, and south to the English Channel.

Option 2 - Norden Station to Old Harry Rocks & Studland

Distance: 9.5 miles (15km)

Ascent: 1250 feet (380m)

In Summary: From Norden, we start with a short walk beside the Heritage Railway to Corfe Castle. We 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 - Above Lulworth & Durdle Door

Distance: 6.5 miles (10.5km) 

Ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)

In Summary: This walk leads us into the village of West Lulworth and gradually up into the hills. From here we head west towards Scratchy Bottom. We then join the South West Coast path and make our way back to Lulworth via Durdle Door.

Highlight: Aside from the potential for glorious views along the Coast Path. Scratchy bottom, although noted for its rather unusual name is a lovely chalk valley surrounded by farmland.

Option 2 - Dorset Coast Path

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)

Ascent: 1,450 feet (440m)

In Summary: After a fairly level walk West, on the inland track, to reach Burning Cliff and St Catherine’s church, we have a fabulous walk along a section of the Dorset Coast Path as we return.

Highlight: The tiny church with its view over Weymouth Bay.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.


You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.


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: 1,100 feet (340m)

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 1 - Swyre Head & Corfe

Distance: 6½ miles (10.5km)

Ascent: 650 feet (200m)

In Summary: Walk from Kingston village south west to the viewpoint of Swyre Head. We then head inland to the village of Church Knowle then onto the chalk ridge which heads to the village of Corfe Castle. 

Highlight: If we are very lucky we’ll see all the way to Dartmoor from the superb viewpoint at Swyre Head.

Option 2 - Kingston to Corfe Castle

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)

Ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)

In summary: We will also start from Kingston, but we first head out towards Kimmeridge to take in Swyre Head and on to Steeple to take advantage of the views along Ridgeway Hill before descending to Corfe Castle.   

Highlight: The impressive Ridgeway Hill from Steeple to Corfe castle.


Option 1 - Above Lulworth & Durdle Door

Distance: 6.5 miles (10.5km) 

Ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)

In Summary: This walk leads us into the village of West Lulworth and gradually up into the hills. From here we head west towards Scratchy Bottom. We then join the South West Coast path and make our way back to Lulworth via Durdle Door.

Highlight: Aside from the potential for glorious views along the Coast Path. Scratchy bottom, although noted for its rather unusual name is a lovely chalk valley surrounded by farmland.

Option 2 - Dorset Coast Path

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)

Ascent: 1,450 feet (440m)

In Summary: After a fairly level walk West, on the inland track, to reach Burning Cliff and St Catherine’s church, we have a fabulous walk along a section of the Dorset Coast Path as we return.

Highlight: The tiny church with its view over Weymouth Bay.


Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home.


You're welcome to check in from 4pm onwards.

Enjoy a complimentary Afternoon Tea on arrival.


Option 1 - Dancing Ledge

Distance: 6 miles (9.5km)

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: 1,300 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 stretch of the Jurassic Coast.


Option 1 - Above Lulworth & Durdle Door

Distance: 6.5 miles (10.5km) 

Ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)

In Summary: This walk leads us into the village of West Lulworth and gradually up into the hills. From here we head west towards Scratchy Bottom. We then join the South West Coast path and make our way back to Lulworth via Durdle Door.

Highlight: Aside from the potential for glorious views along the Coast Path. Scratchy bottom, although noted for its rather unusual name is a lovely chalk valley surrounded by farmland.

Option 2 - Dorset Coast Path

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)

Ascent: 1,450 feet (440m)

In Summary: After a fairly level walk West, on the inland track, to reach Burning Cliff and St Catherine’s church, we have a fabulous walk along a section of the Dorset Coast Path as we return.

Highlight: The tiny church with its view over Weymouth Bay.


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.

Don’t miss: Walking atop the Downs is a real delight with panoramic views north over Poole Harbour, and south to the English Channel.

Option 2 - Norden Station to Old Harry Rocks & Studland

Distance: 9.5 miles (15km)

Ascent: 1250 feet (380m)

In Summary: From Norden, we start with a short walk beside the Heritage Railway to Corfe Castle. We 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.


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 Classic, Premium and Superior Rooms to choose from: each room has an airy feel and the same cosy style. Opt though for Room 4 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 23 in the cottage to the side of the main house for a large room with more sumptuous views to soak up.

All ‘Classic’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Premium’ and ‘Superior’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress and larger television – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-25 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 (currently closed) 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. Food at West Lulworth House is varied with a strong emphasis on the use of seasonal British produce. Our experienced chefs create each dish using only the freshest ingredients and, when in season, use home grown herbs and vegetables taken from our own gardens to give a true taste of the local area.

Accessibility

For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865 or view the accessibility information online for West Lulworth House

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Essential Information

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. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £30 per person.

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Duration:
4 nights
Type:
Guided Walking
Walking Grade:
2

4 nights from £495pp £465pp

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