Dorset Coast Outdoor Escapes holidays

Exhilarating weekends - as adventurous or relaxing as you choose


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  • Coastal
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Choosing the level of your walks

Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £350.00 - 3 to 7 nights


Prices are per person

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Holiday overview

Nothing beats heading off at the end of the week for an Outdoor Escapes break with people on the same wavelength as you. Spend your days exploring the heritage, culture and wildlife of stunning landscapes before joining fellow travellers in the bar for an evening chatting about your adventures at one of our exclusive walkers’ country houses.

Outdoor Escapes offer exhilarating weekends and active breaks; ideal if you want to make the most of your time away from work.

Your break can be as action-packed or relaxed as you choose. There's a choice of three walks each day including challenging longer walks along the stunning coast path if you're keen to stretch yourself. If you prefer to take things easy, our shorter walks allow plenty of time to see wildlife, stop at the pub, or explore the key sights. 

Once the activity is over, relax at our 4-star Country House with a delicious meal and glass of wine with other likeminded outdoor enthusiasts.

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 coastline. On our Outdoor Escapes, guided walking holidays you'll visit fossil-rich beaches, lofty cliffs and the iconic arch of Durdle Door.

In pictures...


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. 


'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


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.


Experience the very best of Dorset's Jurassic Coast. 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.

For those of you staying for 7 nights, there will be a free day in the middle of the holiday - the perfect chance to head off and explore independently, or just kick back and relax.

Select the date of your holiday to see which walks are running during your stay.

Outdoor Escapes at Lulworth Cove - 2 & 3 night breaks

Available on: 3 May 2019, 2 Aug 2019

Day 1: Arrival Day

West Lulworth HouseJoin 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.

Day 2: Corfe Castle & Studland

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

Steam train att Corfe Castle station

Distance: 4½ miles

Total ascent: 500 feet

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: a ride on the steam railway to Corfe Castle; a great way to see the beautiful Dorset countryside.

Option 2: Chalk Downs & Heath


Distance: 8 miles

Total ascent: 1,300 feet

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: 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

Chalk stacks of Old Harry Rocks

Distance: 14 miles

Total ascent: 1,800 feet

The walk in a nutshell: 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.

Don’t miss: 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.

Day 3: The Lulworth Ranges

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

Option 1: Tyneham village

Lulworth Cove

Distance: 5 miles

Total ascent: 650 feet

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

Walkers heading out

Distance: 7 miles

Total ascent: 1,350 feet

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

Corfe Castle

Distance: 13 miles

Total ascent: 2,250 feet

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.


Day 4: Departure Day & Durdle Door

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

Total ascent: 850 feet

The walk in a nutshell: A circular walk taking in the much photographed Durdle Door, before returning along the coastal path to Lulworth Cove.

Don’t miss: Admire the classic views of Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove as you follow the coastal path past these geological masterpieces.

Outdoor Escapes at Lulworth Cove - 4 night breaks

Available on: 5 Aug 2019

Day 1: Arrival Day

West Lulworth HouseJoin 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.


Day 2: Along the Purbeck Coast

Enjoy the choice of 3 guided walks along the stunning Dorset coast path, finishing in Swanage.

Option 1: Durlston Head

Spot red squirrels on the Isle of Wight this autumn

Distance: 5 miles

Total ascent: 650 feet

The walk in a nutshell: Explore the legacy of the local quarrying on the Isle of Purbeck before we head to the Victorian seaside town of Swanage. Time to chill out on the beach, visit the heritage centre, or check out the town trail.

Don’t miss: a visit to the visitor centre at Durlston Country Park. Take a peek at the wildlife cameras and the fossil exhibits.

Option 2: St Aldhelm's Head

Rugged cliffs of the Purbeck coast

Distance: 9 miles

Total ascent: 1,200 feet

The walk in a nutshell: Walk from the picturesque village of Worth Matravers to the coast at St Aldhelm’s Head. We follow the South West Coast Path, passing old quarries and the climbers haunt of Dancing Ledge, to reach Swanage.

Don’t miss: look out for climbers on the airy and scary Dancing Ledge.

Option 3: Chapman's Pool

Chapman's Pool and Hans Tout cliff

Distance: 12 miles

Total ascent: 1,800 feet

The walk in a nutshell: From Kingston we head south to the coast at Houns-tout cliff. Our walk along the coastal path passes Chapman’s Pool before rounding St Aldhelm’s Head and continuing to Swanage.

Don’t miss: The horseshoe cove at Chapman's Pool; a tranquil haven beneath the towering cliffs.


Day 3: Cerne Abbas - in the giant's footsteps

Head inland to discover peaceful corners of Dorset, with opportunity to discover the famous chalk giant at Cerne Abbas, and discover more about Thomas Hardy.

Option 1: The Cerne Giant & Max Gate

Cerne tithe barn

Distance: 4 miles

Total ascent: 450 feet

The walk in a nutshell: From Minterne Magna we head onto the ridge for fantastic views of the Cerne valley, contouring below the famous Cerne Giant. We've then the choice of relaxing in the pub, or hopping on the coach to Dorchester or Thomas Hardy's Max Gate.

Don’t miss: The famous Giant - a 55 metre naked man carved into the hillside above the viillage! 

Option 2: Footsteps of Thomas Hardy

Chalk figure of the Cerne Abbas giant

Distance: 8 miles

Total ascent: 1,050 feet

The walk in a nutshell: Our walk explores the world of Thomas Hardy with our local guide, and discovers the landscapes of Hardy's Woodlanders. A chance to spot the famous Cerne Giant too.

Don’t miss: ask our local expert all your Thomas Hardy questions - they'll accompany you on your walk, or can tell you Hardy tales over a post walk pint.

Option 3: Along the Wessex Ridgeway


Distance: 10½ miles

Total ascent: 1,500 feet

The walk in a nutshell: A circular leg stretcher from Cerne Abbas. Follow the Wesex Ridgeway over the chalk downs, visit Buckland Newton and Minterne Magna and enjoy stunning views of the Cerne and Sydling Valleys. 

Don’t miss: The walk finishes with some of the best views of the Giant before heading to the pub to sample some of the local cider.


Day 4: Durdle Door

Enjoy fabulous coastal walks right on our doorstep, including the famous sea arch of Durdle Door.

Option 1: Durdle Door

Chalk sea arch of Durdle Door

Distance: 5 miles

Total ascent: 850 feet

The walk in a nutshell: A circular walk taking in the much photographed Durdle Door, before returning to the Cove, leaving you the afternoon to relax in the garden or outdoor pool, or take a boat* out into the bay, or visit Lulworth Castle* (*payable locally). 

Don’t miss: Classic views of Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove.

Option 2: Osmington to Lulworth

Chalk cliffs near Lulworth

Distance: 7 miles

Total ascent: 1,300 feet

The walk in a nutshell: A fabulous walk along the coast from Osmington to Lulworth Cove. It's a rollercoaster of chalk cliffs - expect some steep ups and downs as you follow this dramatic section of coast towards Durdle Door.

Don’t miss: the tiny church of St Catherine-by-the-Sea. It has the perfect position on top of the cliffs.

Option 3: Weymouth to Lulworth

Walkers on the coast path between Lulworth and Durdle Door

Distance: 10 miles

Total ascent: 1,800 feet

The walk in a nutshell: A superb stretch of the coast path from Weymouth to Lulworth Cove. The cliffs increase in grandeur as we pass Osmington Mills, then on over the rollercoaster cliffs to Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove.

Don’t miss: With fantastic sea views throughout, this is coastal walking at its very best.

Day 5: Departure Day

Time to head home. If you've still time or energy to explore further then why not borrow one of our self-guided route cards from our Discovery Point, and enjoy a further walk independently.

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 waves into the soft rocks. 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 has been carved from the harder chalk rocks. 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.



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.

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.

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.



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.



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.

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.

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.



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.




Kingston Lacey image ©National Trust Images/Chris Lacey, Swanage Railway image © Brian Robert Marshall


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 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 for details.

For most guests, travelling to either London Heathrow or London Gatwick airport is the best option. See for onward connections by train to Wool.


Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Buy today for Book
3 May 2019 LHBOE - Guided Walking - Outdoor Escapes - Lulworth Cove 3 £375.00 £350.00 Save £25 Per Person Book Now
2 Aug 2019 LHBOE - Guided Walking - Outdoor Escapes - Lulworth Cove 7 £879.00 £854.00 Save £25 off pp Book Now
2 Aug 2019 LHBOE - Guided Walking - Outdoor Escapes - Lulworth Cove 3 £375.00 £360.00 Save £15 Per Person Book Now
5 Aug 2019 LHBOE - Guided Walking - Outdoor Escapes - Lulworth Cove 4 £529.00 £514.00 Save £15 Per Person Book Now

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