Gentle walks, gorgeous coastline and grand company...
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Just the names Durdle Door and Bat’s Head can be enticement enough to walk along an outstanding stretch of Dorset’s coastline.
So we thought why not create a gentle walking trip where we can dawdle at Durdle Door, linger at Lulworth Cove, saunter up to Swyre Head, and rest our limbs afterwards in peaceful surroundings just a spitting distance from the sea.
Staying in the picture postcard village of Lulworth – think nautical themed tearooms and thatched cottages – we’ll be walking in the footsteps of novelist Thomas Hardy as this is true ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’ country.
With limestone landmarks, stunning seascapes and the energy that comes with clifftop walking you’ll soon forget that the paths we’re following dip down and then back up in a series of undulations along the way.
But Dorset’s delights don’t stop at the coast as we can find out on the second day when we venture inland for a stroll from Corfe Castle, perhaps taking a ride on the Swanage steam train later in the day.
In a nutshell:
- Lap up leisurely walks in Thomas Hardy country along the Jurassic coast.
- Laze around with a drink in-hand after a grand day out
- Luxuriate in the knowledge that simple pleasures – countryside, good food, and great company – really are the ingredients of a happy weekend.
- Friday 27th – Sunday 29th March 2020
- Friday 25th – Sunday 27th September 2020
Our base for the weekend is YHA Lulworth Cove, a real rural retreat nestled in undulating countryside and yet just a short hop away from the fishing village and two inviting hostelries.
Following introductions to the rest of the group, there’s ample time for you to explore the surroundings and simply relax before our Large Outdoors host dishes up the evening ‘icebreaker’ meal.
Fuelled up on a good breakfast, we head out for today’s eight-mile walk, following the spectacular undulating coastal path that relives Thomas Hardy’s ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’.
Now for all those who have just read that sentence and are now hyperventilating having translated undulating as ‘steep’ we’d like to say a few words of reassurance: “Yes there are dips and swoops in the path before it climbs but the trail is very do-able and as you look at the scenery while putting one foot in front of the other these blips will soon pail into insignificance.”
Here’s a little more description: from Lulworth Cove we head towards the famous Durdle Door, a limestone arch jutting out into the sea.
From there the path leads us up to Swyre Head before it tumbles back down to Bat’s Head and then upwards again, all the while with beautiful views of the white limestone cliffs.
Just beyond West Bottom, we turn inland to explore the rolling countryside as we cross fields and green lanes back to Lulworth.
There, that wasn’t so bad was it? Once back at base, there is plenty of time to relax.
For some that means tea and cake, while for others it could be a mooch into the village and a drink at one of the inns to break up the return journey before sitting down to the freshly-cooked evening meal.
Today we’re offering a mix of walks – shorter yomps along further stretches of the coastal path or, if the legs feel fresh enough, a longer eight-mile stride out from the village of Corfe into countryside where the dramatic Mediaeval Corfe Castle dominates the skyline.
If we feel like it we might even venture as a far as Swanage before hopping on the steam train back to Corfe.
About the Area
The Dorset Coast is renowned the world over as a fossil hunting Mecca and as an incredibly beautiful stretch of coastline. We’re very lucky to have it right on our doorstep, and with miles of walking trails taking us to all parts of the coast and great sites inland, it’s perfect for walkers to explore. The jewels in the crown along this ‘Jurassic Coast’ are the natural bay of Lulworth Cove and the rock arch of Durdle Door. You’ll almost definitely have seen photos of these two features, but being there is even better, piecing together the area’s history, seeing how the rock formations fit into the landscape, or just gazing out to sea on a relaxing Sunday morning. Formed over the last few millions of years, this coastline is protected for its unique heritage, making a special place to visit regardless whether your interest is geological or purely aesthetic.
Good to know:
YHA Lulworth Cove
Arriving by Public Transport:
Nearest Train Station: Wool
Taxi: We will be offering a free collection from Wool Train station at 7pm on Friday. But this must be booked no later than 7 days before the trips starts, to do this please contact the Large Outdoors office. At alternative times there are plenty of taxi’s at Wool Station and these cost about £20.
Car shares / taxi share or travel buddy: If you are attending this trip then please use the Large Outdoors Facebook Members page to request or look for travel buddies.
- 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.
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.
Rooms: This venue has a mix of 4 – 6 bedded rooms and we only ever offer these on a same sex basis. Please note bedding is provided but you will need to bring a towel.
Alcoholic Drinks: We do not supply any alcohol for this trip but you are welcome to bring your own drinks to enjoy over the weekend.
Kit lists – You can view our kit lists here…
FAQ’s– For important information on what’s included with our standard trips, such as what food we supply, arrival times and answer to our most commonly asked questions please visit out our FAQ’s page
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What our members have to say...
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
“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
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