7-Night Dorset Coast Guided Walking Holiday

Old Harry Rocks
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 2 & 3
from £775pp £705pp

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
  • 5 days guided walking; 1 free day
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point
  • Choice of up to three guided walks each walking day
  • The services of HF Holidays Walking Leaders

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 from 4pm onwards.


Option 1 - Coombe Keynes & Belhuish

Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)

Ascent: 900 feet (260m)

In Summary: A delightful linear walk that starts in the small hamlet of Coombe Keynes. This walk delivers glimpses of Lulworth Castle and an impressive bird's eye view of Lulworth Cove as we make our way back along the farm tracks and foot paths towards West Lulworth House.

Highlight: Stunning vistas east to Worbarrow Tout and west to Isle of Portland.

Option 2 - Above Kimmeridge To Lulworth

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

In Summary: Descend from the chalk downs to the remains of the village of Tyneham. Our walk to Lulworth Cove has two steep ascents as we cross the high cliffs of the military ranges.

Highlight: The atmospheric, deserted village of Tyneham, requisitioned in 1943 to make way for the military training range.

 

Option 3 - Kimmeridge to Lulworth

Distance: 8½ miles (14km)

Ascent: 1,700 feet (520m)

In Summary: Follow the coastal path from Kimmeridge to Tyneham, then on over the dramatic cliffs of the military ranges back to Lulworth Cove.

Highlight: The coastline to the east of Lulworth Cove is particularly impressive. Expect some steep ascents and descents as you follow the undulating coastal path over the chalk cliffs.

 


Option 1 - Daggers Gate & the Top of Lulworth Cove

Distance: 5.25 miles (8.5km)

Ascent: 850 feet (260m)

In Summary: A circular walk that leads us past Daggers Gate, with its legendary tale. From here we head East along an inland ridge and hopefully are gifted with expansive views. We then ascend Bindon Hill for a Bird’s Eye View of Lulworth Cove, then back into West Lulworth.

Highlight: We hope to have stunning views above Lulworth. To the west the Isle of Portland and east to Worbarrow Tout and St Aldhelm’s Head.

Option 2 - Hidden Valleys, East Chaldon & Coastal Views.

Distance: 9miles (15km)

Ascent: 1100ft (330m)

In Summary: Walking from the house we walk to Daggers Gate and continue North West across peaceful countryside to the quiet village of East Chaldon (sometimes called Chaldon Herring) then to the hamlet of West Chaldon. From there we turn South ascending steadily to the inland track that runs parallel to the coast but offers superb views out to sea.

Highlight: Stunning views from Portland to St Aldhelms Head.

Option 3 - Winfrith, East and West Chaldon

Distance: 12 miles (19km)

Ascent: 1250ft (380m)

In Summary: A extended circular walk that takes in views of the Isle of Portland. As we head inland we are gifted with views ahead of Dorset Heath and the village of Winfrith. We then complete our walk passing by Shell sculptures on our way back into West Lulworth

Highlight: If clear enough we could be rewarded with views of St Aldhelm's Head. The most southerly point of the Purbeck peninsula. 



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 - Above Lulworth and Durdle Door.

Distance: 6.5 miles (10.5km) 

Ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)

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 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. 


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


Option 1 - Coombe Keynes & Belhuish

Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)

Ascent: 900 feet (260m)

In Summary: A delightful linear walk that starts in the small hamlet of Coombe Keynes. This walk delivers glimpses of Lulworth Castle and an impressive bird's eye view of Lulworth Cove as we make our way back along the farm tracks and foot paths towards West Lulworth House.

Highlight: Stunning vistas east to Worbarrow Tout and west to Isle of Portland.

Option 2 - Above Kimmeridge To Lulworth

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)

In Summary: Descend from the chalk downs to the remains of the village of Tyneham. Our walk to Lulworth Cove has two steep ascents as we cross the high cliffs of the military ranges.

Highlight: The atmospheric, deserted village of Tyneham, requisitioned in 1943 to make way for the military training range.

 

Option 3 - Kimmeridge to Lulworth

Distance: 8½ miles (14km)

Ascent: 1,700 feet (520m)

In Summary: Follow the coastal path from Kimmeridge to Tyneham, then on over the dramatic cliffs of the military ranges back to Lulworth Cove.

Highlight: The coastline to the east of Lulworth Cove is particularly impressive. Expect some steep ascents and descents as you follow the undulating coastal path over the chalk cliffs.

 


Option 1 - Daggers Gate & the Top of Lulworth Cove

Distance: 5.25 miles (8.5km)

Ascent: 850 feet (260m)

In Summary: A circular walk that leads us past Daggers Gate, with its legendary tale. From here we head East along an inland ridge and hopefully are gifted with expansive views. We then ascend Bindon Hill for a Bird’s Eye View of Lulworth Cove, then back into West Lulworth.

Highlight: We hope to have stunning views above Lulworth. To the west the Isle of Portland and east to Worbarrow Tout and St Aldhelm’s Head.

Option 2 - Hidden Valleys, East Chaldon & Coastal Views.

Distance: 9miles (15km)

Ascent: 1100ft (330m)

In Summary: Walking from the house we walk to Daggers Gate and continue North West across peaceful countryside to the quiet village of East Chaldon (sometimes called Chaldon Herring) then to the hamlet of West Chaldon. From there we turn South ascending steadily to the inland track that runs parallel to the coast but offers superb views out to sea.

Highlight: Stunning views from Portland to St Aldhelms Head.

Option 3 - Winfrith, East and West Chaldon

Distance: 12 miles (19km)

Ascent: 1250ft (380m)

In Summary: A extended circular walk that takes in views of the Isle of Portland. As we head inland we are gifted with views ahead of Dorset Heath and the village of Winfrith. We then complete our walk passing by Shell sculptures on our way back into West Lulworth

Highlight: If clear enough we could be rewarded with views of St Aldhelm's Head. The most southerly point of the Purbeck peninsula. 



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 - 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 - Creech Hill to Corfe Castle

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Ascent: 750 feet (220m) 

In Summary: Starting near Steeple we make our way down towards Kimmeridge where this walk heads east for the viewpoint at Swyre Head, the highest point of the Purbeck Hills. We make our way to the village of Kingston and finally walk Northward to enjoy 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 3 - Kingston to Corfe Castle

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)

Ascent: 1,020 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 and Durdle Door.

Distance: 6.5 miles (10.5km) 

Ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)

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 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. 


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


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 - Daggers Gate & the Top of Lulworth Cove

Distance: 5.25 miles (8.5km)

Ascent: 850 feet (260m)

In Summary: A circular walk that leads us past Daggers Gate, with its legendary tale. From here we head East along an inland ridge and hopefully are gifted with expansive views. We then ascend Bindon Hill for a Bird’s Eye View of Lulworth Cove, then back into West Lulworth.

Highlight: We hope to have stunning views above Lulworth. To the west the Isle of Portland and east to Worbarrow Tout and St Aldhelm’s Head.

Option 2 - Hidden Valleys, East Chaldon & Coastal Views.

Distance: 9miles (15km)

Ascent: 1100ft (330m)

In Summary: Walking from the house we walk to Daggers Gate and continue North West across peaceful countryside to the quiet village of East Chaldon (sometimes called Chaldon Herring) then to the hamlet of West Chaldon. From there we turn South ascending steadily to the inland track that runs parallel to the coast but offers superb views out to sea.

Highlight: Stunning views from Portland to St Aldhelms Head.

Option 3 - Winfrith, East and West Chaldon

Distance: 12 miles (19km)

Ascent: 1250ft (380m)

In Summary: A extended circular walk that takes in views of the Isle of Portland. As we head inland we are gifted with views ahead of Dorset Heath and the village of Winfrith. We then complete our walk passing by Shell sculptures on our way back into West Lulworth

Highlight: If clear enough we could be rewarded with views of St Aldhelm's Head. The most southerly point of the Purbeck peninsula. 



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 - 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 - Creech Hill to Corfe Castle

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Ascent: 750 feet (220m) 

In Summary: Starting near Steeple we make our way down towards Kimmeridge where this walk heads east for the viewpoint at Swyre Head, the highest point of the Purbeck Hills. We make our way to the village of Kingston and finally walk Northward to enjoy 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 3 - Kingston to Corfe Castle

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)

Ascent: 1,020 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 and Durdle Door.

Distance: 6.5 miles (10.5km) 

Ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)

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 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. 


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


Option 1 - Swyre Head

Distance: 6.5 miles (10.5km)

Ascent: 650ft (200m)

In Summary: Walk from Kingston villlage to the viewpoint of Swyre Head. We then head inland through the village of Church Knowle and along the chalk ridge to Corfe Castle.

Highlight: Explore the village of Corfe Castle and its iconic ruined 11th Century namesake. Seek out the quaint pubs and sweet shop, or visit the restored railway.

Option 2 - Creech Hill to Corfe Castle

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Ascent: 750 feet (220m) 

In Summary: Starting near Steeple we make our way down towards Kimmeridge where this walk heads east for the viewpoint at Swyre Head, the highest point of the Purbeck Hills. We make our way to the village of Kingston and finally walk Northward to enjoy 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 3 - Coast Path to Kimmeridge

Distance: 11 miles (18 km)

Ascent: 1,450 feet (440m)

In Summary: Admire the views from Swyre Head then descend to the coast and head west towards Kimmeridge. We return to Corfe Castle along the fine chalk ridge that forms the spine of the Purbeck peninsula.

Highlight: After a day of fabulous coastal views, enjoy the fine approach along the Ridgeway to Corfe Castle.


Option 1 - Daggers Gate & the Top of Lulworth Cove

Distance: 5.25 miles (8.5km)

Ascent: 850 feet (260m)

In Summary: A circular walk that leads us past Daggers Gate, with its legendary tale. From here we head East along an inland ridge and hopefully are gifted with expansive views. We then ascend Bindon Hill for a Bird’s Eye View of Lulworth Cove, then back into West Lulworth.

Highlight: We hope to have stunning views above Lulworth. To the west the Isle of Portland and east to Worbarrow Tout and St Aldhelm’s Head.

Option 2 - Hidden Valleys, East Chaldon & Coastal Views.

Distance: 9miles (15km)

Ascent: 1100ft (330m)

In Summary: Walking from the house we walk to Daggers Gate and continue North West across peaceful countryside to the quiet village of East Chaldon (sometimes called Chaldon Herring) then to the hamlet of West Chaldon. From there we turn South ascending steadily to the inland track that runs parallel to the coast but offers superb views out to sea.

Highlight: Stunning views from Portland to St Aldhelms Head.

Option 3 - Winfrith, East and West Chaldon

Distance: 12 miles (19km)

Ascent: 1250ft (380m)

In Summary: A extended circular walk that takes in views of the Isle of Portland. As we head inland we are gifted with views ahead of Dorset Heath and the village of Winfrith. We then complete our walk passing by Shell sculptures on our way back into West Lulworth

Highlight: If clear enough we could be rewarded with views of St Aldhelm's Head. The most southerly point of the Purbeck peninsula. 



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 - Above Lulworth and Durdle Door.

Distance: 6.5 miles (10.5km) 

Ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)

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 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.

 

Need to know

Important Covid-19 steps we have taken for guest safety: Please Read

As we slowly reopen in the wake of the Coronavirus lockdown, our country house stays are set to be organised a little differently; extra steps have been taken to keep our guests, house teams and leaders safe while we return to action. We ask all our guests to respect the measures put in place.

Initially the overall capacity of the houses has been reduced. Guests must wear face coverings in public spaces. To adhere to social distancing guidelines, we have taken the necessary steps to space out furniture and seating in public areas. In addition, a one-way system will be in place around the house. Adequate signage will be displayed to support the direction of travel to be followed by guests and house teams.

As a temporary measure, we will not be servicing rooms during a stay. Extra tea, coffee, milk, and toiletries will be made available on request for all guests. It is recommended that guests bring their own toiletries for the duration of their stay. We have removed all non-essential and reusable items from our rooms for the meantime including cushions, hairdryers, bathrobes, bed throws, and printed materials to reduce the number of items that need to be disinfected. Hairdryers will be available on request. Clean towels will be available on request. We will though be increasing the frequency of cleaning in our public areas providing particular attention to frequently touched items including door handles and handrails.

For now, there is no cream tea on arrival day. We have also adapted our food offering to remove all buffets and open food items. Different sittings may be required for breakfast and dinner due to the occupancy and size of the house. Picnic lunches will now be pre-ordered the night before from an order form in the room. The bar in each country house will be open, and we will be offering a table service for drinks. At this time there is no, or only a very limited, evening social programme available. Outdoor swimming pools at those houses that have them will re-open throughout August, except at Freshwater Bay House, where the pool will remain closed for 2020. Indoor swimming pools will remain closed.

For more information and to see all the steps taken, visit our page on how house stays will be adapted.

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 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 ‘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 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 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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More Information

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: £20 per person.

Holiday Prices

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2021
14 May - 21 May
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22 Oct - 29 Oct
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19 Nov - 26 Nov
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26 Nov - 03 Dec
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Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Guided Walking
Walking Grade:
2

7 nights from £775pp £705pp

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