Coastal sunshine, delightful walking and ancient wonders in south Dorset.
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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.
- Friday 6th – Sunday 8th September 2019
- Friday 13th – Sunday 15th March 2020
- Friday 4th – Sunday 6th September 2020
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!
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!
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!
Good to know:
YHA Litton Cheney,
- 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.
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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.ElizabethMember Since 2016
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!ClaireMember 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. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocomeVanessaMember Since 2018