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Jurassic Coast

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Coastal sunshine, delightful walking and ancient wonders in south Dorset.

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  • Duration

    2 Nights
  • Accommodation

    Hostel
  • Food

    Some provided. Details below
  • Difficulty Levels

    Multiple options available
    1 - 2

Join a friendly group on a perfect beginners walking weekend discovering the amazing natural splendour of the Dorset coast, where the emphasis is on enjoying the scenery, discovering beautiful places and getting to know new people. Your leader will take you on one some great walks, with opportunistic stops in tea rooms and pubs of course!

The Dorset coast is rightly famous for a number of reasons – dinosaur fossils, the miles of beaches, the impressive cliffs, and the inland ancient sites such as Maiden Castle. We’ll head out on two easy walks to see the area, leaving the stresses of the busy working week behind.

In a nutshell:

  • Head out on two guided walks with a Large Outdoors leader and a friendly group, to discover the delights of the Dorset coast.
  • Enjoy views over the English Channel, along Chesil Beach and towards the cliffs of the Isle of Portland.
  • Sample local drinks and snacks in pubs and cafes either on the walks or in the evenings, from our base in the village of Litton Cheney, nestled in the countryside alongside the River Bride.
  • Meet new people over a cup of tea, experiencing a weekend getting away from it all in the rolling hills and endless coast of the south of England.

Dates:

  • Friday 6th – Sunday 8th September 2019
  • Friday 13th – Sunday 15th March 2020

Kettlewell Walking Weekend

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Itinerary

Friday

You’re welcome to arrive from 5pm where your Large Outdoors host will be there to greet you and introduce you to your accommodation for the weekend. There will be hot drinks available, or you could grab one of your weekend walking companions and head next door to the pub!

The evening meal will be served at 8pm, and then we’ll go through plans for the weekend, including details about the walks!

Poppit sands in pembrokeshire - walking weekend.

Saturday

Breakfast is on the table for 8am, and there’s time to make packed lunches before we head out for the day. Depending on the size of the group we may split up into a ‘longer’ or ‘shorter’ walk, but either way we’ll head out on day walks accessible for all, aiming to cover between 7-10 miles of the spectacular local scenery.

There are lots of options for the day. Nearby we have the coastline around Chesil Beach and the Isle of Portland, and of course the low rolling hills around the River Bride, complete with wildflower meadows and ancient sites. Whatever we get up to, we can promise gentle walking around some spectacular coastal scenery.

In the afternoon we’ll arrive back at the hostel and relax for the evening. This evening we head out for dinner at a local pub and normally eat at around 7.30pm, so there’s plenty of time to enjoy the area if you want to wander round the village or simply soak up the sun!

Hadrian Wall Walking Weekend

Sunday

Today after breakfast we pack up and leave the hostel to head out on a half-day walk to see a different side of the area. Depending on what we did the previous day a great choice for this morning would be a walk taking in Maiden Castle, one of the most complete Iron Age sites in the UK, and with Roman ruins nearby.

We finish the walk at around 1pm somewhere where we can get lunch before the weekend comes to an end. We’re sure that you’ll head home with great memories of this peaceful place, fully recharged!

A social walking weekend along the South Downs.

Good to know:

Venue Address:

YHA Litton Cheney,
Cox’s Lane,
Dorchester,
DT2 9AT

 

What’s Included:

  • 2 nights hostel accommodation, please note bedding is supplied but you will need a towel
  • 2 days of guided day walks – please note any excursions or other extra activities will incur an additional charge.
  • Welcome meal on the Friday plus Saturday night evening meal. Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday and then a packed lunch for Saturday.
  • As well as meals, we also provide a variety of complimentary soft drinks and beverages – tea & coffee which includes herbal, fruit and decaffeinated options and fruit squashes.
  • The Basics:

    Age Limit:  You must be over 18 to attend this trip, there is no upper age limit.

    Dogs:  I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.

    Arrival Time:  You are welcome to arrive any time from 5pm onwards and settle in before we serve an evening meal at about 8pm. Please let us know if you intend arriving after 10pm.

    Solo Travellers:  This trip is perfect for solo travellers and although couples and small groups of friends are always welcome the majority of people do attend on their own.

    Dietary:

    Vegetarian or Vegan: 

    We will always supply a vegetarian or vegan meal, however due to the remote locations of our venues these must be booked at least 7 days in advance.

    Diets

    Unfortunately, we are unable to cater for a wide variety of diets. Therefore, if you follow a particular diet and wish to know what we will be serving please contact the office the week before your trip. If you don’t feel the menu is suitable then you are of course welcome to bring your own meals.

    Allergies, Intolerances & Gluten Free.

    Please ensure you list any allergies and intolerances clearly during the booking process, with notice we are able to offer gluten free meals and can accommodate most allergies. However, please note that due to the shared nature of the kitchens we cannot eliminate the possibility of cross contamination. If you have any questions, then please contact the office.

    Halal or Kosher:

    We are unable to offer Halal or Kosher meals but will be happy to supply a vegetarian alternative, please ensure you request this when booking.

    Simply complete the dietary section during the booking process or if your dietary needs have changed email the office and we will update your records.

  • Ticket and room types:

    Shared Room: This is our standard ticket ideal for solo travellers, individuals and small groups of friends, we will place you in a suitable same sex room, sharing with others. This will vary on the venue and can be twin rooms up to dorm style rooms on our hostel-based trips.

    If you make one booking for a group of people, we will do our best to accommodate you all in one room. However, if you and your friends have made a series of separate bookings but wish to be together, simply email us with a group list.

    Private Rooms: Whenever possible we will always offer any single or twin / double rooms as available. Please note single rooms are very popular and sell out quickly. Private twin rooms will have two single beds / bunk and a double room will have a double bed.

    Early Bird: On some trips we offer discounted early bird tickets, these tickets are based in our standard shared rooms and include the same meals, walks etc as our standard tickets. You can view our full list of Early Bird Tickets here…

    Deposits: You can secure your place on this trip with a 50% deposit, the balance is due no less than 12 weeks before you travel. Failure to pay your balance on time could result in you losing your deposit and place on this trip. If the trip is within the next 12 weeks you will need to pay in full to secure your place.

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YHA Litton Cheney,
Cox's Ln,
Dorchester,
DT2 9AT
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What our members have to say...

  • “I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.
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    Elizabeth
    Member Since 2016
  • My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocome
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    Vanessa
    Member Since 2018
  • Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!
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    Claire
    Member Since 2016
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