3-Night Dorset Coast Outdoor Escapes Holiday

Dorset coast
Duration: 2 nights
Type: Outdoor Escapes
Walking Grade: 1 & 2
from £405pp £390pp

In the heart of the Jurassic Coast, overlooking the shimmering waters of Lulworth Cove, our country house is the perfect base for exploring this glorious fossil-rich coastline. Experience the very best of Dorset's Coast including visiting the abandoned village of Tyneham and seeing the ruins of ancient Corfe Castle. Each day we'll offer three options, ranging from relaxing shorter strolls, to more challenging longer walks. Our flexible programme allows you to choose the option that suits your mood.

Holiday Highlights

When you discover a forgotten village that will forever be 1943, a casualty of war unlike any other British community. Tyneham, requsitioned more than 75 years ago as part of D-Day preparations, is now the redoubt of ghosts. As you walk around the deserted, eerie streets and through the ruined, tumble-down houses and buildings, you'll uncover a story of loss, deception and betrayal, a  living history lesson that's all the more poignant because you can feel the presence of the villagers ripped away from their homes and never allowed to return. As you explore, the ghosts take on names, occupations and characters, their realness inescapable, to paint a vivid picture of life in pre-war England.

What’s included

  • High quality en-suite accommodation at our country house
  • Outdoor pool with a view
  • Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day
  • Celebration dinner on day 3
  • 2 full days of guided walking with choice of easier, medium and harder grades
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point
  • The services of HF Holidays Walking Leaders
  • Transport to and from the walks on day 3, plus an optional ride on a cliff railway

Trip Notes

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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.

Join us at our West Lulworth House Country House for an action-packed short break. If the weather is fine we can take a short pre-dinner stroll down to the cove itself to help get your bearings. After a delicious 3-course evening meal, there's time to relax with the rest of the group and look forward to the adventures to come.

Enjoy the choice of 3 guided walks on the beautiful Purbeck Peninsula. Take it easy on a stroll to Swanage, or stride out on our longest walk.

Option 1 - Old Harry Rocks

Distance: 5 miles (1.5km) 

Ascent: 550 feet (180m) 

In Summary: From Studland we walk the South West Coast Path to Swanage, passing the famous Old Harry Rocks. Then hop on board the train before exploring the pretty village and romantic ruins of Corfe Castle.

Highlight: A ride on the steam railway to Corfe Castle; a great way to see the beautiful Dorset countryside.

Option 2 - Chalk Downs & Heath

Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)

Total ascent: 1,300 feet (380m)

In summary: Follow the chalk ridge from Corfe Castle towards the coast. We cross the beautiful Godlingstone Heath, pass the curious Agglestone Rock, to end with a stretch along the beach to Studland.

Highlight: The chance to spot spot rare lizards and butterflies at Godlingstone Heath. Remember your swimming togs too - the beach at Studland is perfect for a post walk dip.

Option 3 - Purbeck Ridgeway

Distance: 14½ miles (23.5km)

Total ascent: 2,000 feet (600m)

In summary: Follow the ridgeline and the Purbeck Way to Corfe Castle then continue along this fabulous chalk ridge to the coast at Old Harry Rocks, and along to Studland.

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.

There's spectacular scenery right on our doorstep - enjoy great coastal walks along the undulating cliffs of the Lulworth Ranges.

Option 1 - Tyneham village

Distance: 6 miles (9.5km)

Total ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)

The walk in a nutshell: From Kimmeridge we head to the coast path and follow it to Worbarrow Bay where we head inland to explore the deserted village of Tyneham.

Don’t miss: Plenty of time to explore the "lost" village, as well as an early return to Lulworth to give you time to put your feet up & relax.

Option 2 - Tyneham to Lulworth

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km)

Total ascent: 1,350 feet (420m) 

The walk in a nutshell: Descend from the chalk downs to the ruined village of Tyneham. Our walk to Lulworth Cove has two steep ascents as we cross the high cliffs of the military ranges.

Don’t miss: The ghostly deserted village of Tyneham was abandoned in 1943 to make way for the military training range.

Option 3 - Corfe to Lulworth

Distance: 13 miles (21km)

Total ascent: 2,250 feet (680m)

The walk in a nutshell: A really good leg stretcher allowing you to enjoy the dramatic cliffs of the coast path, with time too, to explore the "lost" village of Tyneham. 

Don’t miss: The coastline east of Lulworth Cove is impressive. We've some steep ascents and descents following the coastal path over the chalk cliffs.

Make the most of your final morning with the opportunity to join a half-day guided walk to Durdle Door. 

Durdle Door

Distance: 5 miles (8km) 

Ascent: 900 feet (280m) 

In summary: A circular walk taking in the much photographed Durdle Door before returning along the coastal path to Lulworth Cove. 

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

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.



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, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – 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.


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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Getting to West Lulworth House

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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. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £10 per person.

Holiday Prices

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19 Jun - 22 Jun
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