Self-guided Walking at Lulworth Lodge

Dorset Coast

Code: MHPOA

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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • Meadows & hills

Level

  • Easier
  • Easy
  • Medium
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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 use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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From £130.00 - 2 to 7 nights

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Holiday overview

Enjoy a break on the Dorset Coast with the walking experts; we have all the ingredients for your perfect self-guided escape.

Lulworth Lodge, overlooking the magnificent Lulworth Cove, is geared to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts. Enjoy hearty local food, our legendary picnic lunches, and our excellent boot and drying room. To help you explore we'll give you a free Ordnance Survey map, plus detailed route notes for our recommended walks. On many holidays our experienced leaders are on hand to offer help and advice.

Great value. What’s included:

  • Full board accommodation - breakfast, evening meal and an extensive walkers' picnic lunch
  • A free Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 scale Explorer map of the local area with every booking
  • Detailed route notes, ranging from short strolls to longer coastal walks
  • Country House Escapes guide – full of information about local attractions, activities and suggested itineraries to help plan your break
  • All the Country House facilities, including our well equipped boot and drying room and outdoor swimming pool
  • On many holidays our experienced walking leaders are available to offer help and advice

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Accommodation

Just a stone's throw from the beach at Lulworth Cove, Lulworth Lodge is a walkers lodge with      4-star Visit Britain Guest Accommodationmagnificent sea views from the private terrace.

As one of our smaller properties, it makes a comfortable and exclusive base for smaller groups.

Bedrooms

We have 12 bedrooms at Lulworth Lodge, some with spectacular views to the sea.

Our classic bedrooms offer comfortable accommodation and an en-suite bathroom with bath or shower. They also have TV, hairdryer, and tea and coffee making facilities. Single rooms are available for an extra £8 per night.

You can enjoy extra space or exceptional views plus additional facilities including a towelling robe and complimentary slippers when you upgrade to a premium bedroom. Premium rooms are available at just £5 extra per person per night.    

 

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Facilities

All our Country Houses are tailored to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and have excellent boot and drying rooms.

Lulworth Lodge has a relaxed lounge area with open fireplace. There is also a bar and dining area. Free WiFi is available in the public rooms.

Outside the raised private terrace has seating with delightful views down to the cove.

Complimentary parking is available for guests in the public car park about 100 metres from Lulworth Lodge.

 

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Food

All holidays at our Country Houses are Full Board with all meals included, from dinner on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast. Choose from a wide selection on the cold buffet and/or a full cooked breakfast. Maybe enjoy a lighter option of fruit and yoghurt followed by scrambled egg, go for porridge followed by a full English breakfast, or select something in between.

Choose from our famous self-select picnic lunches - everything you need to keep you going on a day outdoors. Your own choice of sandwiches is prepared to order, and you can add crisps and snacks, fruit, nuts, chocolate bars, sweets and biscuits as you wish.     

Our house-based Leisure Activities include an in-house lunch (generally soup, sandwiches etc).   

The relaxed dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses. With tables seating up to 10 and no seating plan, it offers a great opportunity to get to know your fellow guests. There is always a choice of dishes for every course, featuring good British cooking and often local specialities. A vegetarian option is always available.

All our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

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Self-guided walks

To make the most of your break use the Discovery Point at Lulworth Lodge - the starting point for your outdoor adventure. 

You'll find our recommended walking and cycling routes - detailed route notes for you to borrow contain route maps, and information about the places of interest on the walk. There's also a comprehensive library of local maps and guidebooks.

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When you're not walking, there's plenty to do locally. Why not explore Corfe Castle or take a ride on the Swanage Steam Railway. See the 'Local Area' tab for further ideas.


During your stay at Lulworth Cove you can enjoy the following recommended routes:

View over Lulworth CoveLaid back walks HF Holidays walks level 1 easier

Our easiest routes, allowing plenty of time to savour the magnificent coastal views. All our walk notes suggest the best places to stop, great pubs, and tea rooms.

  • Old Harry Rocks - 1 mile
  • Durdle Door Walk - 2 miles
  • Durdle Door Circuit - 3 miles
  • Durlston Head - 3 miles
  • Corfe Castle Round - 3 miles  Sample route - MH Corfe Castle Round
  • Corfe Castle & Church Knowle - 4 miles

The impressive sea arch of Durdle DoorLeg stretcher walks HF Holidays walks grade 2 easy

Some longer walks following some of the easier stretches of the Dorset Coast Path. Experience the wonderful seascapes, and fresh sea air.

  • Over the downs to Durdle Door - 5 miles
  • Around St Aldhelm's Head - 5 miles
  • Old Harry Rocks & the Agglestone - 6 miles
  • Coastline west of Lulworth - 6 miles
  • Lulworth Cove Highlights - 6 miles
  • Durlstone Head & Dancing Ledge - 7 miles

Chapmans Pool and the cliffs of the South Dorset coastFull on walks HF Holidays walks level 3 medium

Some longer walks, primarily following the Dorset Coast Path. Be prepared for some short, but steep ascents and descents as you follow this rugged stretch of coastline.

  • Rollercoaster cliffs west of Lulworth - 6 miles
  • Corfe Castle to Swanage - 8 miles  Sample route - MH Corfe Castle to Swanage
  • Coastline to Ringstead Bay - 9 miles
  • Lulworth to Tynham - 10 miles
  • Corfe Castle to Swanage via Studland - 11 miles
  • Corfe Castle to Swanage via the Coast - 13 miles
  • Durlston Head & St Aldhelm's Head - 13 miles

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. www.tankmuseum.org

 

 

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. www.lulworth.com/castle

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. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/corfe-castle

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. www.swanagerailway.co.uk

 

 

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. www.monkeyworld.org

 

 

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. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brownsea-island

Weymouth
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. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hardy-country

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. www.athelhampton.co.uk

 

 

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. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kingston-lacy

 

 

 

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

Travel

Travel to Lulworth Cove

Our address is: Lulworth Lodge, Lulworth Cove, Dorset BH20 5RJ

How to get to us by train

By train:

The nearest railway station is at Wool. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

Train at Wool station 

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

The 5 mile journey from Wool railway station takes approximately 10 minutes. Pre-booked taxis cost approx £13 per taxi. 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, turn in to the public car park at the turning circle. Park your car here. This car park is free for HF Holidays’ guests. Pick up a parking permit from Lulworth Lodge. Exit the car park on foot by the Heritage Centre and follow the road towards the sea. Lulworth Lodge is 50 yards down this road on the left hand side. 

 

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Good on the whole, but your central admin seems a bit hit and miss. I had to remind someone about a discount that they said was being credited to my account.

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Good only in parts. Good bits: The house and boot room were warm, the shower was excellent. Poor bits: There was so little space & storage in the bedroom (no. 10) we had to keep most clothes in the suitcase. The food was definitely not up to the standard we expect from HF. Much of it looked and tasted as if it had been frozen for too long; rather tasteless meat at dinner and in sandwiches and very dry puddings and rolls for lunch.
22 Nov 2016, 6:06 p.m.

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Delightful accommodation and excellent meals. Staff very helpful
21 Nov 2016, 4 p.m.

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The holiday was well organized and the accommodation was great. Our experience with HF in the past has been very positive and this holiday very much lived up to our expectations.

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We really enjoyed our time at the Lodge and our walks thru Hardy Country. The routes were interesting, the stopping places quite unique and the guide and fellow walkers good company.
17 Nov 2016, 9:39 a.m.

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excellent service from all staff friendly welcome and all questions answered.

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15 Nov 2016, 12:40 p.m.

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Room no 5 Lulworth Lodge, water temperature in shower is scalding hot......watch out as the adjustment between not and scary is too fine.
10 Nov 2016, 8:49 a.m.

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The format of HF Holidays is brilliant. It never disappoints.

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Lulworth Lodge is charming and very well situated. The service was superb.
9 Nov 2016, 5:54 p.m.

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The house was very pleasant and comfortable, the staff friendly and efficient, and the food fabulous.

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All I had hoped for: quiet at this time of year, lovely countryside, walks within my capability - after two days felt completely restored.
8 Nov 2016, 9:12 a.m.

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Small friendly house with attentive staff. Might be a bit cramped if kept in by inclement conditions.
7 Nov 2016, 3:23 p.m.

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HF Holidays are a first rate company, we shall book again.

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Great Holiday, Lovely room I think we just got lucky. The staff were excellent and the food was great.
7 Nov 2016, 3:17 p.m.

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Top notch. We don't want at go with any other company

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Brilliant all round

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11 Aug 2017 MHPOA - Self-guided Walking - Lulworth Lodge 3 £299.00 £279.00 Save £20.00 Per person Book Now
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29 Sep 2017 MHPOA - Self-guided Walking - Lulworth Lodge 3 £285.00 £265.00 Save £20.00 Per person Book Now
29 Sep 2017 MHPOA - Self-guided Walking - Lulworth Lodge 7 £649.00 £609.00 Save £40.00 Per person Book Now
2 Oct 2017 MHPOA - Self-guided Walking - Lulworth Lodge 4 £375.00 £345.00 Save £30.00 Per person Book Now
27 Oct 2017 MHPOA - Self-guided Walking - Lulworth Lodge 2 £170.00 £150.00 Save £20.00 Per person Book Now
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30 Oct 2017 MHPOA - Self-guided Walking - Lulworth Lodge 2 £170.00 £150.00 Save £20.00 Per person Book Now
30 Oct 2017 MHPOA - Self-guided Walking - Lulworth Lodge 4 £315.00 £285.00 Save £30.00 Per person Book Now
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6 Nov 2017 MHPOA - Self-guided Walking - Lulworth Lodge 2 £170.00 £150.00 Save £20.00 Per person Book Now
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Information

  • Standard single room: (2016) £8 per night; (2017) no supplement
  • Premium single room: £15 per night (2017 only)
  • Premium twin/double room: (2016) £5 per person per night; (2017) £10 per person per night
  • Non-member associate fee: (2016) £5 per person; (2017) £10 per person

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