7-Night Dorset Coast Self-Guided Walking Holiday

Man watching sunrise over Jurassic coast of Dorset, UK
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Self-Guided Walking
Walking Grade: 1, 2 & 3
from £625pp £525pp

Enjoy a break on the 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. Enjoy hearty local food, detailed route notes, and an inspirational location from which to explore this stunning landscape.

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
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

Download Trip Notes

To make the most of your break use the Discovery Point at West Lulworth House - 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.

 

Laid back walks

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

Leg stretcher walks 

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

Full on walks  

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

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.

 

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 3 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 22 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 £15-20 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.

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Getting to West Lulworth House

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All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
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Holiday Prices

Date (Start - End) Version Price Status Trip Notes Book
2019
01 Nov / 08 Nov 2019 Itinerary £625 £525 Save £100 per person Book Now
08 Nov / 15 Nov 2019 Itinerary £625 £525 Save £100 per person Book Now
15 Nov / 22 Nov 2019 Itinerary £625 £525 Save £100 per person Book Now
22 Nov / 29 Nov 2019 Itinerary £625 £525 Save £100 per person Book Now
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
Self-Guided Walking
Walking Grade:
1 & 2

7 nights from £625pp £525pp

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