4-Night Dorset Coast Self-Guided Walking Holiday

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Duration: 4 nights
Type: Self-Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 1, 2 & 3
from £359pp £299pp

Enjoy a break on Dorset's Jurassic Coast with the walking experts; we have all the ingredients for your perfect self-guided escape. West Lulworth House, overlooking the magnificent Lulworth Cove, is geared to the needs of walkers and outdoor enthusiasts and is in a fantastic location from which to explore the local area. Enjoy hearty local food, plan your walks with our detailed route notes and make the most of the many attractions in this stunning area.

Holiday Highlights

  • Use our Discovery Point, stocked with maps and walks directions, for exploring the local area
  • 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
  • Explore Corfe Castle
  • Take a ride on the Swanage Steam Railway
  • 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
  • The use of our Discovery Point to plan your walks – maps and route notes available

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

Download Trip Notes

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


Our easiest routes allow 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
  • Corfe Castle & Church Knowle - 4 miles

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

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
  • 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

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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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

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2020
26 Oct - 30 Oct
4 Self-Guided £429 £369 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
02 Nov - 06 Nov
4 Self-Guided £359 £299 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
09 Nov - 13 Nov
4 Self-Guided £359 £299 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
16 Nov - 20 Nov
4 Self-Guided £359 £299 Save £60 Per Person Trip Notes Book Now
23 Nov - 27 Nov
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30 Nov - 04 Dec
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2021
25 Jan - 29 Jan
4 Self-Guided £375 £325 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
01 Feb - 05 Feb
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08 Feb - 12 Feb
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15 Feb - 19 Feb
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22 Feb - 26 Feb
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01 Mar - 05 Mar
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08 Mar - 12 Mar
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15 Mar - 19 Mar
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22 Mar - 26 Mar
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29 Mar - 02 Apr
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02 Apr - 06 Apr
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12 Apr - 16 Apr
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17 May - 21 May
4 Self-Guided £495 £465 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
07 Jun - 11 Jun
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06 Sep - 10 Sep
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27 Sep - 01 Oct
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04 Oct - 08 Oct
4 Self-Guided £439 £399 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
25 Oct - 29 Oct
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01 Nov - 05 Nov
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08 Nov - 12 Nov
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22 Nov - 26 Nov
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29 Nov - 03 Dec
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Duration:
4 nights
Type:
Self-Guided Walking
Walking Grade:
1 & 2

4 nights from £359pp £299pp

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