Dorset Coast Spring & Winter Walking Holiday
Great guided walks - specially adjusted for the season
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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.
Guided Walking continues throughout the year. Spring and Winter offer fantastic walking days on the Dorset Coast - blow away the cobwebs and enjoy a great selection of guided walks with us.
Between November and Easter we carefully adjust our usual walks to suit the season. We'll often end the day in a cosy pub or tearoom - perfect for warming up after an invigorating walk.
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.
Discover the Dorset Coast on Foot
Explore the very best of the Dorset on our guided walks. The coast is never far away, with the remarkable coastal path providing access to iconic chalk cliffs, rugged headlands and hidden bays. Soak up the sea air and delight in the sweeping panoramas over the rolling Dorset hills. Join our friendly and knowledgeable guides who will bring this beautiful landscape to life.
- Our experienced guides offer a choice of walks each day, adjusted for the season
- We'll often end the day in a cosy pub or tearoom
- Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness
- We provide flexible holidays. Join our guided walks, explore independently, or relax at Lulworth Cove
Select the date of your holidays to see which walks are running during your stay
2019 Spring & Winter Walks - Agglestone and Studland
Available on: 2 Nov 2019, 9 Nov 2019, 16 Nov 2019, 23 Nov 2019
Option 1: Agglestone Rock and Swanage
Distance: 5½ miles (9km)
Total ascent: 550 feet (170m)
The walk in a nutshell: Heading out over Studland Heath we pass the impressive Agglestone Rock before reaching the beach at beautiful Studland Bay. We then head up and over Ballard Down to finish in Swanage.
Don’t miss: Explore the traditional seaside resort of Swanage with it’s beach pier and steam railway or simply relax with a coffee or a pint at the end of the walk.
Option 2: Down the Coast to Studland
Distance: 7½ miles (12km)
Total ascent: 700 feet (220m)
The walk in a nutshell: This walk follows the same route as option 1 past the 400 tonne sandstone block at Agglestone and down to the coast Studland. Afterwards we take the coast path and take in Old Harry Rocks, we also finish in Swanage.
Don’t miss: Marvel at the magnificent chalk stacks of Old Harry Rocks at the start of the Jurassic Coast.
Option 3: Corfe Castle to Swanage
Distance: 12½ miles (20km)
Total ascent: 1,650 feet (500m)
The walk in a nutshell: Enjoy a stunning variety of inland and coastal scenery. We begin in Corfe Castle and head towards the coast along the Purbeck Way. We leave the Purbeck Way to take in the village of Studland, before continuing along the coast to Swanage.
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
2019 Spring & Winter Walks - Lulworth Range Walks
Available on: 3 Nov 2019, 10 Nov 2019, 24 Nov 2019
Option 1: Lulworth Cove circular walk
Distance: 6½ miles (10km)
Total ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)
The walk in a nutshell: Today we walk from the house to explore part of the military ranges which contain some of the area's most dramatic scenery, and the area above and around the village of West Lulworth.
Don’t miss: Discover the fascinating geology of Lulworth Cove, and how the sea has created this natural wonder.
Option 2: Tyneham to Lulworth
Distance: 7 miles (11½ km)
Total ascent: 1,350 feet (400m)
The walk in a nutshell: This walk starts further along the coast on the military ranges, goes through the deserted village of Tyneham and follows the South West Coast Path back to Lulworth Cove.
Don’t miss: The atmospheric deserted village of Tyneham, requisitioned in 1943 to make way for the military training range.
Option 3: Kimmeridge to Lulworth
Distance: 8½ miles (14km)
Total ascent: 1,700 feet (520m)
The walk in a nutshell: Follow the coastal path from Kimmeridge to Tyneham, then on over the dramatic cliffs of the military ranges back to Lulworth Cove.
Don’t miss: The coastline to the east of Lulworth Cove is particularly impressive. Expect some steep ascents and descents as you follow the undulating coastal path over the chalk cliffs.
2019 Spring & Winter Walks - Swyre Head and on to Corfe Castle
Available on: 5 Nov 2019, 12 Nov 2019, 19 Nov 2019, 26 Nov 2019
Option 1: Swyre Head & Corfe
Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)
Total ascent: 650 feet (200m)
The walk in a nutshell: Walk from Kingston village south west to the viewpoint of Swyre Head. We then head inland to the village of Church Knowle then onto the chalk ridge which heads to the village of Corfe Castle.
Don’t miss: If we are very lucky we’ll see all the way to Dartmoor from the superb viewpoint at Swyre Head.
Option 2: Kimmeridge to Corfe Castle
Distance: 8 miles (13km)
Total ascent: 950 feet (280m)
The walk in a nutshell: Starting near Kimmeridge this walk heads east for the viewpoint at Swyre Head, the highest point of the Purbeck Hills. We make our way up to Church Knowle and finally walk the short chalk ridge eastwards to enjoy the village of Corfe Castle.
Don’t miss: If we are very lucky we’ll see all the way to Dartmoor from the superb viewpoint at Swyre Head
Option 3: Kingston to Corfe Castle
Distance: 9 miles (14½km)
Total ascent: 1,020 feet (320m)
The walk in a nutshell: We will also start from Kingston, but we first head out towards Kimmeridge to take in Swyre Head and on to Steeple to take advantage of the views along Ridgeway Hill before descending to Corfe Castle.
Don’t miss: The impressive Ridgeway Hill from Steeple to Corfe castle.
2019 Spring & Winter Walks - South Purbeck Coast
Available on: 6 Nov 2019, 13 Nov 2019, 20 Nov 2019, 27 Nov 2019
Option 1: The Priests' Way
Distance: 6 miles (9½km)
Total ascent: 650 feet (200m)
The walk in a nutshell: Beginning in Langton Matravers we follow the medieval Priests' Way to Durlston Country Park, a cliff top nature reserve. We also follow part of the South West Coast Path to Swanage. Why not warm up with coffee and cake at Durlston?
Don’t miss: Industrial heritage of stone quarrying and The Great Globe in Durlston Country Park.
Option 2: Dancing Ledge
Distance: 8½ miles (13½km)
Total ascent: 1,150 feet (360m)
The walk in a nutshell: We walk from the picturesque village of Worth Matravers down to the coast and along the famous South West Coast Path to Dancing Ledge. We then go on to follow the Priests' Way to Durlston Country Park and on to Swanage.
Don’t miss: The delightful village of Worth Matravers and the old quarry at Dancing Ledge.
Option 3: Purbeck Coast
Distance: 10½ miles (17½km)
Total ascent: 1,400 feet (440m)
The walk in a nutshell: Walking out towards the coast above Chapman's Pool from the village of Kingston we take in the highlights of the South Purbeck Peninsula including Dancing Ledge, the Priests' Way and Durlson Country Park. We will be ready for a warm coffee or a pint once we reach Swanage.
Don’t miss: The “Cathedral of the Purbecks” at Kingston and the spectacular views over the Encombe estate.
2019 Spring & Winter Walks - Durdle Door
Available on: 14 Nov 2019, 21 Nov 2019, 28 Nov 2019
Option 1: West Chaldon to Lulworth
Distance: 5½ miles (9km)
Total ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)
The walk in a nutshell: Start inland at the hamlet of West Chaldon and head south to the coast path above Ringstead Bay. Our route avoids the steepest sections of the cliff path as we continue to Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove. There will be a delightful afternoon tea waiting for us on our return to West Lulworth House.
Don’t miss: Admire the classic views of Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove as you follow the coastal path past these geological masterpieces.
Option 2: Osmington to Lulworth
Distance: 7 miles (11½ km)
Total ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)
The walk in a nutshell: A fabulous walk along the Dorset Coast Path from Osmington to Lulworth Cove. A highlight is the rollercoaster chalk cliffs - expect some steep ups and downs as you follow this dramatic section of coastline towards Durdle Door. A delightful afternoon tea will be waiting for us on our return to West Lulworth House.
Don’t miss: The tiny church of St Catherine-by-the-Sea. Little bigger than a garden hut it occupies a glorious position atop the cliffs.
Option 3: Weymouth to Lulworth
Distance: 10 miles (16km)
Total ascent: 1,800 feet (540m)
The walk in a nutshell: Follow this superb stretch of the Dorset Coast Path from Weymouth to Lulworth Cove. The cliffs steadily 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.
2019 Spring & Winter Walks - Around Lulworth
Available on: 17 Nov 2019
Option 1: Above Lulworth
Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)
Total ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)
The walk in a nutshell: Walking a circular route from Lulworth, todays walk heads above the village, before descending to the coast where we follow the South West Coast Path. We’ll take soup and sandwiches on our walk today, with a delightful afternoon tea to look forward to on our return to West Lulworth House.
Don’t miss: The spectacular Durdle Door features in our walk today.
Option 2: Dorset Coast Path
Distance: 9 miles (14½km)
Total ascent: 1,450 feet (440m)
The walk in a nutshell: A fabulous circular walk visiting St Catherine’s Church with its beautifully etched glass. We return following a high level route back descending to the coast at Durdle Door and on to Lulworth. We’ll take soup and sandwiches on our walk today, with a delightful afternoon tea to look forward to on our return to West Lulworth House.
Don’t miss: Visit the tiny church of St Catherine’s-by-the-Sea with its beautifully etched stained glass atop the cliffs.
Option 3: Durdle Door
Distance: 10 miles (16km)
Total ascent: 1,750 feet (540m)
The walk in a nutshell: Again a fabulous circular walk above the coast visiting St Catherine’s Church with its beautifully etched glass.. Expect some steep ups and downs as you follow the rollercoaster chalk cliffs back towards Durdle Door and on to Lulworth Cove. We’ll take soup and sandwiches on our walk today, with a delightful afternoon tea to look forward to on our return to West Lulworth House.
Don’t miss: The stunning and strenuous coastal walk along the 'Bottoms' and past Durdle Door.
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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|1 Nov 2019||LHSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Lulworth Cove||3||£339.00||£304.00||Book Now|
|1 Nov 2019||LHSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Lulworth Cove||7||£725.00||£625.00||Book Now|
|4 Nov 2019||LHSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Lulworth Cove||4||£435.00||£385.00||Book Now|
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|8 Nov 2019||LHSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Lulworth Cove||7||£725.00||£625.00||Book Now|
|11 Nov 2019||LHSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Lulworth Cove||4||£435.00||£385.00||Book Now|
|15 Nov 2019||LHSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Lulworth Cove||7||£725.00||£625.00||Book Now|
|15 Nov 2019||LHSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Lulworth Cove||3||£339.00||£304.00||Book Now|
|18 Nov 2019||LHSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Lulworth Cove||4||£435.00||£385.00||Book Now|
|22 Nov 2019||LHSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Lulworth Cove||3||£339.00||£304.00||Book Now|
|22 Nov 2019||LHSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Lulworth Cove||7||£725.00||£625.00||Book Now|
|25 Nov 2019||LHSPW - Spring & Winter Walking - Lulworth Cove||4||£435.00||£385.00||Book Now|
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