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8 Days / 7 Nights
Availability : Year round
Start: West Lulworth House, Lulworth Cove, Dorset, England
End: West Lulworth House, Lulworth Cove, Dorset, England

Dorset Coast Guided Walking Tour: 7 nights based at West Lulworth House, Lulworth Cove, Dorset

Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca to book.

In the heart of the Jurassic Coast, snuggled above the shimmering waters of Lulworth Cove, our newly refurbished Country House is the perfect base for exploring this glorious fossil-rich coastline. On our Guided Walking holidays you’ll visit beaches, lofty cliffs and the iconic arch of Durdle Door.

Tour Details

Highlights:

  • 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
  • Let our knowledgeable leaders bring the surroundings to life
  • Spend the evenings enjoying the spectacular views from the terrace and outdoor swimming pool

Pick Up Location & TIme

West Lulworth House, Lulworth Cove, Dorset BH20 5RJ (Google Map)
4:00pm – You’re welcome to check into the country house hotel from 4pm onwards.

Drop off Location & Time

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way onward.

Price Includes

  • High quality en-suite upgraded accommodation at West Lulworth House
  • Excellent food in our country house, full board (B,L,D daily)
  • The services of our knowledgeable leader, ensuring you get the most from your holiday
  • 5 days guided walking + 1 free day
  • Choice of up to three guided walks each walking day
  • Transport to and from the walks
  • Use of our comprehensive Discovery Point

Meals

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 6 lunches
  • 7 dinners
  • 0 teas

Price Excludes

  • Airfare
  • Transfers
  • Pre / Post hotel nights
  • Travel to/from the Country Hotel (The nearest railway station is Wool)
  • Admissions (please allow approx. £10 per day for entrances)
  • Driver / Tour Leader gratuity is at your discretion
  • Travel Insurance
What to Expect
Dorset Coast Guided Walking Tour Walking Grade: 2 & 3.

Enjoy a full day’s walking with fellow guests and leave all the planning and navigation to us; it’s what we do best. Nobody knows the UK’s best places to walk like us. Our knowledgeable leaders make sure you’re never short of the inside story on local features, viewpoints and places of interest.

  • Unpack once
  • Accommodation at a country house hotel
  • Full Board Meals – from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day
  • Knowledgeable leader
  • Choice of up to 3 walks per walking day with required transport

On our Guided Walking holidays, we believe that choice is key. Our walks descriptions will help you choose according to your interests and fitness. The walks are grouped together with care by local experts to give the best experience. 

Walking Grades Explained:

  • Grades 1 & 2 – Leisurely walking grades
  • Grades 3 & 4 – Moderate walking grades
  • Grades 5 & 6 – Challenging walking grades
What to Bring

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong type of clothing!” goes the adage. Come prepared for all eventualities and you’ll walk in comfort as well as safety. Britain’s famous for its changeable weather, so here’s our advice on what to wear and bring.

Essentials

  • Waterproof walking boots providing ankle support and good grip.
  • A waterproof jacket and over-trousers
  • Gloves and a warm hat (it can be chilly at any time of the year)
  • Rucksack
  • Water bottle (at least 1 litre capacity)
  • A small torch (everywhere in winter, year round in mountains)
  • Sun hat and sunscreen
    Denim jeans and waterproof capes are not suitable on any walks.

Recommended

  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed
  • Specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • A first aid kit inc plasters– your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication
  • Sit mat (insulated pad to sit on when you stop for a break)

You might also want

  • Walking poles, particularly useful for descents.
  • Insect repellent
  • Flask for hot drinks
  • Rigid lunch box
  • Gaiters
  • Blister kit (eg Compeed) just in case
  • Waterproof rucksack liner
Version 1 Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Day

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

Accommodation: West Lulworth House (D)

Day 2Lulworth Range Walks

Option 1 – Coombe Keynes & Belhuish
Distance: 6.5 miles (10.5km)
Ascent: 900 feet (260m)
In summary: A delightful linear walk that starts in the small hamlet of Coombe Keynes. This walk delivers glimpses of Lulworth Castle and an impressive bird’s eye view of Lulworth Cove as we make our way back along the farm tracks and foot paths towards West Lulworth House.
Highlight: Stunning vistas east to Worbarrow Tout and west to Isle of Portland.

Option 2 – Above Kimmeridge To Lulworth
Distance: 8 miles (13km)
Ascent: 1,300 feet (400m)
In summary: Descend from the chalk downs to the remains of the village of Tyneham. Our walk to Lulworth Cove has two steep ascents as we cross the high cliffs of the military ranges.
Highlight: The atmospheric, deserted village of Tyneham, requisitioned in 1943 to make way for the military training range.

Option 3 – Kimmeridge to Lulworth
Distance: 8.5 miles (14km)
Ascent: 1,700 feet (520m)
In summary: Follow the coastal path from Kimmeridge to Tyneham, then on over the dramatic cliffs of the military ranges back to Lulworth Cove.
Highlight: 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.

Accommodation: West Lulworth House (B, L, D)

Day 3Lulworth Hinterland

Option 1 – Daggers Gate & the Top of Lulworth Cove
Distance: 5.25 miles (8.5km)
Ascent: 850 feet (260m)
In summary: A circular walk that leads us past Daggers Gate, with its legendary tale. From here we head East along an inland ridge and hopefully are gifted with expansive views. We then ascend Bindon Hill for a Bird’s Eye View of Lulworth Cove, then back into West Lulworth.
Highlight: We hope to have stunning views above Lulworth. To the west the Isle of Portland and east to Worbarrow Tout and St Aldhelm’s Head.

Option 2 – Hidden Valleys, East Chaldon & Coastal Views.
Distance: 9 miles (15km)
Ascent: 1,100 feet (330m)
In summary: Walking from the house we walk to Daggers Gate and continue North West across peaceful countryside to the quiet village of East Chaldon (sometimes called Chaldon Herring) then to the hamlet of West Chaldon. From there we turn South ascending steadily to the inland track that runs parallel to the coast but offers superb views out to sea.
Highlight: Stunning views from Portland to St Aldhelms Head.

Option 3 – Winfrith, East and West Chaldon
Distance: 12 miles (19km)
Ascent: 1,250 feet (380m)
In summary: A extended circular walk that takes in views of the Isle of Portland. As we head inland we are gifted with views ahead of Dorset Heath and the village of Winfrith. We then complete our walk passing by Shell sculptures on our way back into West Lulworth
Highlight: If clear enough we could be rewarded with views of St Aldhelm’s Head. The most southerly point of the Purbeck peninsula. 

Accommodation: West Lulworth House (B, L, D)

Day 4Free day

A free day for you to explore the local area or to relax in the Country House. Our Discovery Points help you make the most out of your free day. There’s plenty of maps and a selection of the best local walking routes, as well as weather forecasts and public transport options – plus details about other places to visit. 

Accommodation: West Lulworth House (B, L, D)

Day 5South Purbeck Coast

Option 1 – Dancing Ledge
Distance: 6 miles (9.5km)
Ascent: 800 feet (240m)
In summary: Walk from the village of Langton Matravers to the coast at Dancing Ledge, a popular spot for rock climbers. From here we head east along the South West Coast Path to the Swanage.
Highlight: There’s time to explore the traditional seaside resort of Swanage with its beach, pier and steam railway.

Option 2 – St Aldhelm’s Head
Distance: 9.5 miles (15km)
Ascent: 1,200 feet (400m)
In summary: Walk from the picturesque village of Worth Matravers to the coast at St. Aldhelm’s Head. From here the route follows the South West Coast Path, passing old quarries and Dancing Ledge to reach Swanage.
Highlight: With fine coastal walking throughout, there’s much to enjoy on this strectch of the Jurassic Coast.

Option 3 – Chapman’s Pool
Distance: 12 miles (19km)
Ascent: 1,800 feet (540m)
In summary: A circular walk from Cerne Abbas. Follow the Wessex Ridgeway atop the chalk downs, visit Buckland Newton and Minterne Magna and enjoy splendid views of the Cerne and Sydling Valleys. 
Highlight: The horseshoe cove at Chapman’s Pool; a tranquil haven beneath the towering cliffs.

Accommodation: West Lulworth House (B, L, D)

Day 6Corfe Castle to Studland

Option 1 – Corfe Castle to Studland
Distance: 7 miles (11km)
Ascent: 1,050 feet (320m)
In summary: Enjoy a stunning variety of inland and coastal scenery. Our walk from Corfe Castle to Studland follows the glorious chalk ridge along the spine of Purbeck peninsula, with the views getting ever more impressive as we near our destination.
Highlight: Walking atop the Downs is a real delight with panoramic views north over Poole Harbour, and south to the English Channel.

Option 2 – Chalk Downs & Heath
Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)
Ascent: 1,300 feet (380m)
In summary: Follow the chalk ridge from Corfe Castle heading towards the coast. Towards the end of the walk we cross the beautiful Godlingstone Heath, past the curious Agglestonne Rock, with the final stretch along the beach to Studland.
Highlight: Godlingstone Heath is a fascinating scenic contrast, and an excellent place to spot rare butterflies and lizards basking in the sand.

Option 3 – Old Harry Rocks
Distance: 11 miles (17.5km)
Ascent: 1,350 feet (420m)
In summary: Cross fields and common land to Corfe Castle then follow the fabulous chalk ridge along the spine of the Purbeck peninsula to Ballard Down and the coast at Old Harry Rocks.
Highlight: 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.

Accommodation: West Lulworth House (B, L, D)

Day 7Around Lulworth

Option 1 – Above Lulworth and Durdle Door
Distance: 6.5 miles (10.5km)
Ascent: 1,100 feet (340m)
In summary: This walk leads us into the village of West Lulworth and gradually up into the hills. From here we head west towards Scratchy Bottom. We then join the South West Coast path and make our way back to Lulworth via Durdle Door.
Highlight: Aside from the potential for glorious views along the Coast Path. Scratchy bottom, although noted for its rather unusual name is a lovely chalk valley surrounded by farmland.

Option 2 – Dorset Coast Path
Distance: 9 miles (14.5km)
Ascent: 1,450 feet (440m)
In summary: After a fairly level walk West, on the inland track, to reach Burning Cliff and St Catherine’s church, we have a fabulous walk along a section of the Dorset Coast Path as we return.
Highlight: The tiny church with its view over Weymouth Bay.

Option 3 – Durdle Door
Distance: 10 miles (16km)
Ascent: 1,750 feet (540m)
In summary: 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.
Highlight: The stunning and strenuous coastal walk along the ‘Bottoms’ and past Durdle Door. 

Accommodation: West Lulworth House (B, L, D)

Day 5Departure Day

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before making your way home. (B)

Dates and Prices
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Departure Dates
Per person (single or twin) Single in a double room
2021: July 2, 16, 23, 30 $2,170 $2,450
2021: August 6, 13, 20 $2,170 $2,450
2021: September 10 $2,170 $2,450
2021: October 22 $2,000 $2,280
2021: October 29 $1,840 $2,120
2022: January 28 $1,900 $2,180
2022: February 4, 11, 18, 25 $1,900 $2,180
2022: March 4, 11 $1,900 $2,180
2022: April 15, 22 $2,100 $2,380
2022: May 6, 20, 27 $2,330 $2,610
2022: June 3, 10, 24 $2,330 $2,610
2022: July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 $2,330 $2,610
2022: August 5, 12, 19, 26 $2,330 $2,610
2022: September 9, 23, 30 $2,330 $2,610
2022: October 14, 21 $2,100 $2,380
2022: October 28 $1,900 $2,180
2022: November 4, 11, 18 $1,900 $2,180
2022: December 2, 9 $1,900 $2,180

Dates shown in green are guaranteed departures.

Pricing

Pricing is per person (pp) based on single/twin/double occupancy.

Supplement applied for single in a double room.

Rates are in $ CAD. Rates include room upgrade (better) and membership fees. 


Contact DHTour at 1-888-597-3519 or 905-639-9954 or dhtour@dhtour.ca to book.

Ask us for the best available pricing for your dates & choice of airline. We can assist in your travel to/from the Country House.

During your Discovery Tour you’ll have the opportunity to visit many fascinating places. The following is our provisional programme, and your leader may adjust it at their discretion, taking into account factors such as weather, local opening times, or other events. This holiday includes active sightseeing and you should expect to spend lots of time on your feet.

Most admissions to places of interest are not included. Please allow up to £10 per day for admissions to all the places of interest we will be visiting. The full adult price is given but there are usually good reductions for parties and seniors. If you are a member of the National Trust, English Heritage or similar, remember to bring your card for free admission to their properties. Please bring cash as card machines are not always available at all venues.

Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.

Travel Details:
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.

By Train:
The nearest railway station is at Wool.

By Taxi:
The 5-mile journey from Wool railway station takes approximately 10 minutes. You can pre-book a taxi from our recommended taxi company, Durdle Door Cabs. As a guide price, it costs £12 per 4-seat taxi in 2020. 8-seat taxis are also available at a higher rate. They will arrange shared taxis wherever possible. Please pre-book your taxi at least 7 days in advance by contacting:

Durdle Door Cabs*
Tel: +44 (0) 1929 444546
Email: info@durdledoorcabs.com
The return journey can be arranged on your behalf by the West Lulworth House Manager.
*Durdle Door Cabs is not owned or managed by 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, 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 West Lulworth House 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.

Hotel Descriptions
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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.

Address: West Lulworth House, Lulworth Cove, Dorset BH20 5RJ

Room Amenities: 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, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers.

Hotel Amenities: 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.

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