Stunning coastal scenery around the famous Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door
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Difficulty LevelsMultiple options available
1 - 2
This guided walking weekend explores the beautiful coastline around Dorset’s Lulworth Cove. Expect exhilarating cliff top views and tranquil countryside as we explore this historical area walking in the company of a friendly group.
The south coast of England is riddled with impressive cliffs and stunning seashore, but standing head and shoulders above them all in terms of majesty is surely Lulworth Cove. This awe-inspiring world heritage site is the perfect destination for a social weekend away meeting a friendly group keen to explore the surrounding area.
Join us on an easy guided walking weekend where we’ll be based a stone’s throw from the famous cove itself, and will also take in the natural arch of Durdle Door. Beyond these spectacular sites, we’ll of course enjoy brilliant sea views right out over the English Channel.
In a nutshell:
- Explore the Jurassic Coast, Lulworth Cove and the surrounding countryside over two days of easy coastal walks.
- Relax in our exclusive hostel, within easy reach of the coast and with freshly prepared food and hot drinks for the weekend.
- Enjoy the views, the wildlife and the spectacular geology while we worry about navigation and logistics!
- Meet a friendly group of fellow walkers and really get away from it all for two nights in the countryside.
DATES & Prices:
22nd – 24th February 2019.
20th – 22nd September 2019.
Day Walks Only:
There are a limited number of day walks places available. If you wish to join is for the walk on Saturday. This is a great way to get to know the group or indeed if you live locally and just want to pop along.
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 8-mile walk, following the spectacular coastal path that relives Thomas Hardy’s ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’.
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 undulating countryside as we cross fields and green lanes back to Lulworth.
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.
With two walks on offer, we’ll head aiming to explore more of the countryside. The shorter walk will last around 2-3 hours before finishing somewhere you can have to chance to get lunch before the weekend comes to an end. For those that opt for the longer stride you can wander more the stunning coastline before we aim to finish around 3pm with the chance to enjoy a final pub dinner. Please note that dinner on Sunday is not included in the price.
You’ll leave with a new appreciation and love for this fantastic corner of England. Whether the rock formations and rugged coastline is what you’ve come for, or if you just want a weekend of fresh air and sea views, you’ll find something here for you and head home refreshed and hopefully wanting to come back for more.
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
Train Station Collection:
We will be offering a collection from Wool Train station at 7pm. But this must be booked no later than 7 days before the trips starts. At alternative times there are plenty of taxi’s at Wool Station.
- 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...
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