Beautifully varied and wonderfully unspoiled, Dorset's award-winning Jurassic Coast offers 95 miles of idyllic sandy beaches backed by ancient craggy cliffs and meadows carpeted with seasonal wild flowers. 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 Nature Reserve is a haven for wildlife (including rare red squirrels) and, with over 250 species of birds, is an ornithologists' 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 tea-rooms and atmospheric old coaching inns serving great local food. The range of places you'll be staying in are among the best in the region, including a boutique beachfront B&B in Weymouth and a lovely C18 mansion in the centre of historic Swanage. Breakfasts are included everywhere, however, with so many dining options on your doorstep, we've left other meals up to you.
This tour is rated "1 boot+" indicating that some small sections of the route will be slightly more challenging than an overall grading of "1 boot".
|Meals||Full English Breakfasts.|
|Tour Starts||Transfer to the hotel from Weymouth train station (2 mins) at the start of the holiday.|
|Tour Ends||On return you will need to get a taxi/bus back to Poole station (10 mins, payable locally).|
|Rail Options||Inquire for rail schedules from London.|
|Rail Supplement||Inquire for rail prices.|
|Singles||Add $73 per night for sole occupancy of a double room. Solo traveller supplement is $93 on top of single supplement.|
|Other details||Please note all transfers prices are based on 2 people traveling therefore for single travelers supplements may apply.|
|Hotels||**** (1 night), *** (3 nights) AAA (1 night)|