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Jewels of the Jurassic Coast Walk

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This stunning 5 night walk along some of the UK’s most beautiful coastline will introduce you to Dorset and the 185 million years of history that is the Jurassic Coast – Britain’s first UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site. Take in elements of the South-West Coast Path and the Purbeck Way along with historic seaside towns and sleepy villages, spectacular natural landmarks (like Durdle Door), rolling green hills and towering white chalk cliffs, National Trust castles and beaches, and (of course) traditional English tea-rooms serving tea and home-made cake!

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All about the Jewels of the Jurassic Coast Walk.

Beautifully varied and wonderfully unspoilt, Dorset’s award-winning Jurassic Coast offers 95 miles of idyllic sandy beaches backed by ancient craggy cliffs and meadows carpeted with seasonal wildflowers. In 2001, it gained UNESCO recognition as England’s first Natural World Heritage Site charting 185 million years of the earth’s history, with rocks and fossils dating to Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous times.
This 5-night walk is the perfect introduction to Dorset’s wild and beautiful landscape, where the quietly rolling Purbeck Hills stand in stark contrast to the huge falcon patrolled chalk cliffs, and where every climb is rewarded with fantastic sweeping sea views. In the main, your route follows the coast-hugging long-distance South West Coast Path, pitching and swooping from one downland hollow to the next before a gentle descent into Lulworth Cove by way of the panoramic Burning Cliff and the world-famous rock-arch, Durdle Door. The 280-acre Durlston Country Park is a haven for wildlife (including rare red squirrels) and, with over 250 species of birds, is an ornithologist’s paradise. On your final stretch, if you’re lucky, you may spot bottlenose dolphins and playful seals emerging from the waves beyond Swanage where the procession of sculpted cliffs and towering chalk stacks known as Old Harry Rocks, marks the end of the Jurassic Coast.
As well as outstanding natural beauty, the region is also rich in archaeology with ancient forts and crumbling castles proudly guarding quintessential rural villages tucked into tranquil corners and crammed with traditional sandstone cottages, tempting tearooms and atmospheric old coaching inns serving great local food. The places you’ll be staying in are among the best in the region, including a beachfront B+B in Weymouth and a lovely C19 mansion in the centre of historic Swanage. Breakfasts are included everywhere; with so many dining options on your doorstep, we’ve left other meals up to you.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • All breakfasts
  • 5 nights accommodation (hotel-to-hotel)
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Route notes and maps provided
What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Sweeping sea-cliffs, panoramic chalk downs, rich rolling hills, ancient woodlands, meadows and hedgerows
  • Incredible variety of wildflowers, birds and butterflies
  • Unique history: battle-worn castles, Iron Age forts, WWII bunkers and fossils spanning 185 million years
  1. Day 1 Day 1 Arrive in Weymouth

    Arrive in Weymouth and take a taxi (5 mins, payable locally) to your contemporary B+B right on the town’s splendid Georgian Esplanade. Stroll the amazing sands, visit the bustling C17 harbour or take a taxi (5 mins) to the C16 Sandsfoot Castle – one of Henry VIII’s Device Forts. (Staying at the Hotel Rembrandt, Breakfast only)

  2. Day 2 Day 2 Weymouth to Lulworth/Corfe 15km/9.5mi/5hr

    Take a short (11 mins) bus transfer to join one of the most scenic sections of the magnificent 630-mile long South West Coast Path. With the dramatic white chalk cliffs as your backdrop, you follow the classic smugglers’ route down to picturesque Osmington where the aptly named C13 Smugglers’ Inn does great coffee! A short climb to the top of Burning Cliff is rewarded with the most fabulous views of the fossil-filled Jurassic Coast before continuing on to Durdle Door – one of the most photographed rock arches in the world. Today’s final stretch hugs the coast down into gorgeous Lulworth Cove – a great place for lunch, a swim or a journey back through 185 million years of history at the renowned Heritage Centre. A pre-arranged taxi will collect you for the 20-minute journey to Corfe, described as one of the most beautiful villages in England, where you stay overnight. (Staying at Olivers, Breakfast only)

  3. Day 3 Day 3 Corfe to Swanage 11km/7mi/3hr

    Built by William the Conqueror and destroyed by Cromwell’s vengeful troops during the Civil War, the dramatic ruins of Corfe Castle – now a National Trust property and the setting for several historical feature films – stand at the gateway to the Isle of Purbeck and its surrounding hills. We’ve deliberately kept today’s walk short to enable you to explore at leisure before setting out on the panoramic ridge high above the village. It’s a journey of diverse natural beauty – with Poole Harbour and Bournemouth to your left, the rolling Purbeck Hills to your right and the Isle of Wight clearly visible in the distance – as you follow the pretty Purbeck Way into Swanage, a small Victorian seaside town with a stunning semi-circular bay. You spend two nights at lovely Purbeck House, close to the town centre and just a few minutes’ walk from the beach. (Staying at Purbeck House Hotel, Breakfast only)

  4. Day 4 Day 4 At Swanage (Optional) 8km/5mi/2.5hr

    We strongly recommend a circular walk today to Durlston Country Park, a magnificent 280-acre nature reserve of sea-cliffs, downs, meadows, hedgerows and woods. With 250+ bird species, 500+ moths and 33 species of breeding butterfly, few places in the country have the same ornithological appeal as Durlston and, from March to July, hidden deep in the cliffs are sea birds, swifts and swallows. The recently restored Victorian castle boasts a fully interactive Visitor Centre, restaurant and panoramic roof terrace. (Staying at Purbeck House Hotel, Breakfast only)

  5. Day 5 Day 5 Swanage to Sandbanks 13km/8mi/4hr

    Today’s magnificent coastal path hugs Swanage Bay as you climb gently out of the town and up to the famous white chalk sea stacks, Old Harry Rocks. As you continue towards the tiny Purbeck village of Studland, you’ll pass ’Dragon’s Teeth’ tank traps and Fort Henry – a concrete observation bunker built in 1943 and used by Churchill, Eisenhower and King George VI to watch the rehearsals for D-Day. From the gorgeous white sands of Studland, it’s just a short hop (5 mins) on the chain ferry across to the luxury **** Haven Hotel Spa on the exclusive Sandbanks peninsula. There’s an optional bus ride for those wanting to visit neighbouring Poole – a beautiful coastal town whose natural harbour is the second largest in the world. (Staying at Haven Hotel, Breakfast only)

  6. Day 6 Day 6 Leave Sandbanks
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Where you stay
Hotel Rembrandt
Situated just a few minutes’ walk from Weymouth’s seafront esplanade, beautiful sandy beach and town centre, the Hotel Rembrandt, part of the Best Western group, offers 78 comfortable rooms with contemporary decor. All rooms offer an ensuite bathroom, tea and coffee-making facilities, 24-hour room service, flat screen TV and fibre Wi-Fi. Guests have complimentary use of the hotel’s Leisure Club, an ideal place to relax that features a heated swimming pool, gym, sauna, steam room, spa bath and sun bed. For those aching muscles, there is also a spa treatment room (open Mon-Sat) and a choice of massage and health beauty treatments (payable locally). After plenty of sea air to swell your appetite, the hotel’s Gallery Restaurant offers wholesome, freshly prepared dishes using locally sourced ingredients. The Gallery Bar is ideal for pre- or after-dinner drinks.
Olivers
Situated in the postcard pretty, historic village of Corfe in the shadow of the incredible castle ruins is this small, friendly, family run B+B. The guest accommodation was built circa 1833 from the fine grey Purbeck stone you can see throughout the village and has worn many hats in its 180 years of life. It has been a tea room, a grocers and a fine crystal shop amongst other things, but now it is a traveller’s treasure in one of the most beautiful places in the country. Rooms are all en suite and are furnished to a high standard.
Alford House
Dating back to the C17 Alford House has previously also served as the grocer’s and has now been tastefully refurbished into a B+B where the rooms make a feature of the old stone walls. There is also a sitting room/dining room at the property with a large selection of local maps and guides. The history of Corfe Village is inseparably linked to the castle, whose slighted ruin dominates the surrounding area.
Purbeck House Hotel
Occupying the highest point on Swanage High Street, Purbeck House Hotel was constructed in 1875 in the Scottish Baronial style, imitating a feudal castle. The building was the creation of George Burt, a man referred to by Thomas Hardy as ‘The King of Swanage’, and features some interesting artifacts including: statues from the Royal Exchange (the one destroyed by fire); a tiled floor originally laid in the House of Commons; an arch that once stood in Hyde Park; a balustrade and columns from old Billingsgate Market; granite left over from the Albert Memorial; a richly carved crown thistle and rose from the mediaeval Parliament Buildings (burnt down in 1834) and a gargoyle said to come from Westminster Hall. The hotel is split into two buildings, the original house and the Louisa Lodge, both offering comfortable well appointed rooms.
Haven Hotel
The Haven Hotel is on the very tip of the Sandbanks peninsula at the entrance to Poole Harbour and offers incredible views across the water all the way to the Isle of Wight! Rooms are tastefully furnished and well equipped and the hotel has a fantastic restaurant and bar. It also offers guests free use of the impressive spa facilities which include indoor hydrotherapy pools, sauna and steam room, outdoor heated pool, jacuzzi and a sun lounger area. With sea views and a private entrance onto the beach, you can hear the waves crashing as you recline with a glass of wine.
Harbour Heights Hotel
Ideally located between Poole and exclusive Sandbanks, with scenic views over the world’s second largest natural harbour, the Harbour Heights offers boutique rooms, an award-winning restaurant and stylish cocktail bar. Rooms have a subtle nautical theme and each en-suite room has a spa bath! The Brasserie here serves an impressive seasonal menu and there is also a large, landscaped terrace with panoramic sea views for al fresco dining. Guests of the Harbour Heights Hotel have full use of the spa at sister property, the Haven Hotel.
Eating and Drinking

Full English breakfasts are included; with so many dining options on your doorstep, we’ve left other meals up to you.

Dorset has a long history of farming and fishing and the choice and freshness of the local seafood is spectacular. Other local produce comes from the lush pastures and fertile agricultural land and  there are more and more local farm shops and farmers markets offering foodie delights from fruit and vegetables straight from the garden to freshly baked pies, bread, organic meats and plenty of other treats such as Dorset Knob biscuits, Portland Dough Cakes and tongue-tingling Dorset Naga chillies!

Dorset is also home to some of the UK best independent breweries and a handful of vineyards that produce some excellent beer, cider and wines (still and sparkling).

Activity Level: 2 (Leisurely/Moderate)

This 5-night walk is the perfect introduction to Dorset’s wild and beautiful landscape, where the quietly rolling Purbeck Hills stand in stark contrast to the huge falcon patrolled chalk cliffs, and where every climb is rewarded with fantastic sweeping sea views. In the main, your route follows the coast-hugging long-distance South West Coast Path, pitching and swooping from one downland hollow to the next before a gentle descent into Lulworth Cove by way of the panoramic Burning Cliff and the world-famous rock-arch, Durdle Door. The 280-acre Durlston Country Park is a haven for wildlife (including rare red squirrels) and, with over 250 species of birds, is an ornithologist’s paradise. On your final stretch, if you’re lucky, you may spot bottlenose dolphins and playful seals emerging from the waves beyond Swanage where the procession of sculpted cliffs and towering chalk stacks known as Old Harry Rocks, marks the end of the Jurassic Coast.

This is a self-guided tour, as such there will be no group or tour leader and you are free to complete the walks at your own pace. We have suggested that 8yrs is the minimum age for this trip, but as it is self-guided and you will be leading your own family we will ultimately leave this decision up to you.

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