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Explore the world-famous Dorset coast on this challenging 21 mile day walk

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  • Duration

    2 Nights
  • Accommodation

  • Food

    Some provided. Details below
  • Difficulty Level

    4 Four

If you’re looking for a fantastic idea for a challenge walk, pushing yourself while in the company of a friendly group and experienced leader, then look no further than the stunning Dorset Coast.

Lining the most beautiful stretches of the south coast of England, the Jurassic coast is named after the gold-mine of fossils to be found there, of dinosaurs and ancient life well before them. The coast is riddled with natural arches, bays, smugglers haunts and the wild vegetation of landslips.

Guided walking weekend to Lulworth Cove..

The challenge is a 21 mile walk, with around 1000m of ascent, from Swanage pier to Lulworth Cove, via Durlston Head Castle, St Alban’s Head and Kimmeridge Bay. With the constant joy of sea views over the English Channel and the ever-changing coastal landscape, you’ll find interest all around, and certainly more than enough to get you through to the grand finale at the most famous cove in Britain.

For this challenge we’re offering the chance to stay for the weekend at the hostel in Lulworth, or to come along just for the day walk.

In a nutshell:

  • A guided challenge day walk along the Jurassic Coast in Dorset, with a Large Outdoors leader to help you get through it!
  • Fantastic sea views over the Channel, with a beautiful coastline of rock formations and ancient fossils.
  • The chance to upgrade your challenge and stay with us for the weekend in Lulworth, with accommodation and food included – why not go and see Durdle Door on Sunday?

Jurassic Coast Challenge Dates:

  • Friday 25th – Sunday 27th September 2020 – Weekend Package
  • Saturday 26th September – Day Walk only

Guided walking weekend to Lulworth Cove..

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If you want to make a weekend of it and stay with us at YHA Lulworth, which we’ve hired exclusively for the weekend, book yourself on to the weekend package. You can arrive any time after 5pm on Friday. Dinner will be served at 8pm and there’s plenty of time to relax with endless hot drinks or a glass of something stronger.

Guided walking weekend to Lulworth Cove..


Those of you with us for the weekend will have a 6.30am breakfast and plenty of ingredients for packed lunches. We’ll assemble outside at 7.30am.

If you would like to come for the day walk, you’ll be meeting us at 7.30am at YHA Lulworth, where we’ll be bussed out to Swanage. From the pier we’ll get the essential start photographs and then head on our way. There will be leaders at a ratio of 1:10 so once the groups divide up for pace, they’ll be keeping you in your groups. The day is about the scenery and history as well as the challenge, and you’ll learn all about it on the way.

21 miles later, after plenty of rest stops and packed lunch, you’ll reach Lulworth Cove and then head up through Lulworth itself back to the YHA. One of the reasons we recommend staying for the weekend is that now is the time for a well-earned celebration!

Guided walking weekend to Lulworth Cove..


If you’re with us for the weekend, after a sit-down breakfast you have the chance to join us for an easier half-day walk on Sunday, seeing more of the local area. If you’d just prefer a bit of a fresh air but aren’t up for a walk, we certainly recommend going to see the natural arch at Durdle Door, the pin-up example of English coastal beauty!

After the walk is over at 1pm we’ll assemble somewhere for lunch before the weekend comes to an end.

Good to know:

Venue Address:

Lulworth YHA,
School Ln,
West Lulworth,
BH20 5SA

Arriving by Public Transport (Weekend Package):

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.

What’s Included – Weekend package:

  • 2 nights hostel accommodation, please note bedding is supplied but you will need a towel
  • One day guided Jurassic Coast Challenge, plus bus to the start and support from dedicated Large Outdoors staff.
  • Optional leg stretch walk on Sunday.
  • Welcome meal on the Friday plus evening meal on Saturday. Breakfasts and packed lunch for Saturday’s walk.
  • 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.

What’s Included Day Walk

  • One day guided Jurassic Coast Challenge, plus bus to the start and support from dedicated Large Outdoors staff.
  • Optional leg stretch walk on Sunday.

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.

Rooms: This venue has a mix of 4 – 8 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.


  • Dietary Needs:

    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.


    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 / 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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Lulworth YHA,
School Ln,
West Lulworth,
BH20 5SA
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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!
    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
    Member Since 2018
  • “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.
    Member Since 2016
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