Dorset Coast Self-Guided Walking Holiday
Explore the Dorset Coast at your own pace
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Meadows & hills
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.
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.
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.
These rooms are all ensuite and furnished to a good standard. They include:
These rooms are slightly larger and/or have a better view. They include:
Only an extra £15 per person per night
These rooms truly are the best in the house for extra luxury during your stay. They include:
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
|All 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.
Just 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.
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.
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:
Laid back walks
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
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 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
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 soft rocks by the waves. 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 is developed in more resistant limestones. 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:
The 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
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
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
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
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 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 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
Athelhampton 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
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 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.
The nearest railway station is at Wool. For train times and route planning by train visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or phone 03457 48 49 50.
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.
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.
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 www.nationalrail.co.uk for details.
For most guests, travelling to either London Heathrow or London Gatwick airport is the best option. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for onward connections by train to Wool.
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|3 May 2019||LHPOA - Self-guided Walking - Lulworth Cove||2||£235.00||£235.00||Book Now|
|31 May 2019||LHPOA - Self-guided Walking - Lulworth Cove||3||£319.00||£304.00||Book Now|
|5 Jul 2019||LHPOA - Self-guided Walking - Lulworth Cove||3||£319.00||£304.00||Book Now|
|12 Jul 2019||LHPOA - Self-guided Walking - Lulworth Cove||3||£319.00||£318.00||Book Now|
|27 Sep 2019||LHPOA - Self-guided Walking - Lulworth Cove||3||£299.00||£264.00||Book Now|
|18 Oct 2019||LHPOA - Self-guided Walking - Lulworth Cove||3||£299.00||£264.00||Book Now|
|25 Oct 2019||LHPOA - Self-guided Walking - Lulworth Cove||3||£285.00||£250.00||Book Now|
|1 Nov 2019||LHPOA - Self-guided Walking - Lulworth Cove||3||£285.00||£250.00||Book Now|
|1 Nov 2019||LHPOA - Self-guided Walking - Lulworth Cove||7||£625.00||£525.00||Book Now|
|4 Nov 2019||LHPOA - Self-guided Walking - Lulworth Cove||4||£345.00||£295.00||Book Now|
|8 Nov 2019||LHPOA - Self-guided Walking - Lulworth Cove||7||£625.00||£525.00||Book Now|
|8 Nov 2019||LHPOA - Self-guided Walking - Lulworth Cove||3||£285.00||£250.00||Book Now|
|11 Nov 2019||LHPOA - Self-guided Walking - Lulworth Cove||4||£345.00||£295.00||Book Now|
|15 Nov 2019||LHPOA - Self-guided Walking - Lulworth Cove||7||£625.00||£525.00||Book Now|
|15 Nov 2019||LHPOA - Self-guided Walking - Lulworth Cove||3||£285.00||£250.00||Book Now|
|18 Nov 2019||LHPOA - Self-guided Walking - Lulworth Cove||4||£345.00||£295.00||Book Now|
|22 Nov 2019||LHPOA - Self-guided Walking - Lulworth Cove||7||£625.00||£525.00||Book Now|
|22 Nov 2019||LHPOA - Self-guided Walking - Lulworth Cove||3||£285.00||£250.00||Book Now|
|25 Nov 2019||LHPOA - Self-guided Walking - Lulworth Cove||4||£345.00||£295.00||Book Now|
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