Map of Walk the Jurassic Coast including United Kingdom

Stroll the cliffs and learn the histories of southern UK coastline

No, this is not the setting of Jurassic Park, but it may well could’ve been. With striking cliff faces, renowned rock formations, sweeping stretches of Atlantic coastline and pockets of history at every turn, the Jurassic Coast is begging to be explored. Spend five days walking a section of southern UK’s coastline, from Weymouth to Swanage and all the natural peculiarities in between. Admire St Catherine’s Chapel poised from above, take in the stunning Lulworth Cove, Isle of Portland and Durdle Door, and stop by quaint British towns for a pint at the pub. With a knowledgeable leader each step of the way taking you on the most scenic trails and recommending favourite local haunts, your walking adventure along the Jurassic Coast is sure to be a ‘best-of’ the region.


Start
Weymouth, United Kingdom
Finish
Swanage, United Kingdom
Destination
United Kingdom
Style
Original
Theme
Intrepid Retreats, Walking & Trekking
Code
BMXJ
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Walk along undulating cliff faces to some of the Jurassic Coast’s finest vantage points. Stroll past the stunning Lulworth Cove and see the famous Durdle Door rock formation in all its eroded glory.

  • Explore the Isle of Portland – an eerie stretch of land with many secrets to share. Take note of the stone that frames its shores, as this is the same as what parts of the city of London is paved in!

  • Cover the best trails that the Jurassic Coast has to offer, with an enthusiastic leader providing a history lesson en route. Dinosaur prints, medieval mysteries, local lore – this region has it all!

  • Spend a day exploring the quaint town of Corfe, visiting its renowned castle perched high above, with thousands of years of medieval history, and a village full of traditional British shops and eateries.

  • What’s a trip in the UK without a pint at the pub? Have a number of opportunities to cosy up at a local watering hole with your fellow adventurers, enjoying local brews in places like Worth Matravers.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Please ensure you consult your local government’s advice regarding domestic travel prior to booking this trip.

  • Just as a heads up before you book: this trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.

  • This trip involves plenty of walking over varied terrain and is best suited to travellers with a good level of mobility. Good footwear, clothing for all types of British weather, plus perhaps walking poles are recommended. Details on physical activities can be found in the itinerary.

Itinerary

Welcome to Weymouth – a central hub along the UK’s Jurassic Coast. Note that your adventure starts this morning, so you may like to stay an extra night here to ensure you join your group at the right time. If so, we’ll be happy to organise additional accommodation (subject to availability). At around 10 am, meet your walking group and transfer to the nearby town of Abbotsbury. There may be time for a snack or light lunch, before you hit the trails on your way back to Weymouth. Begin your walk as you check out the sweeping shores of the Chesil Banks alongside the rolling green Dorset countryside. Keep an eye out for the lonely St Catherine’s Chapel sitting high above the water, with incredible views down to Portland and Chesil Beach. Continue your walk to Weymouth, where you will have the rest of the evening at leisure. Perhaps consider a stroll along the beach, or else cosy up at one of the town’s pubs with a few of your fellow travellers.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Abbotsbury to Weymouth guided walk
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Please note that this Jurassic Coast adventure begins at 10 am at your starting hotel. More details can be found in the ‘Joining Point Instructions’ of your Essential Trip Information. Pre-tour accommodation is available, subject to availability.
This morning, take public transport to the Isle of Portland. Here, you’ll embark on a looped walk, exploring the best of the area. It’s an eerie and strange part of the coastline – a rocky outcrop considered the most southerly tip of the Jurassic Coast, connected by a thin stretch of land. You may think that no one lives here, however, there are seven settlements and even a prison! Portland is a superb year-round walking destination, as well as a hotspot for rock climbing and kayaking. Take in some of the best views of the island, stopping by the local White Stones Art Café for a cuppa.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Isle of Portland circular walk
  • White Stones Art Cafe visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Please note that the length of today’s walk can be tailored to meet the level of the group.
Today, transfer to Osmington Mills for a scenic walk to Lulworth. This stretch of the Jurassic Coast is quite challenging but arguably the most jaw-dropping – the undulating hills giving way to panoramas of light limestone cliffs, rock formations and picturesque beaches dotting the horizon. Take your time walking as you hug the coastline, stopping to admire the cliffs and coves, perhaps with a few photos. During the day, you’ll stop by Lulworth Cove – one of the region’s most stunning and secluded stretches of sand – as well as the renowned Durdle Door. You’ve likely already seen this feat of nature in any number of movies, photos or ads, but seeing a rock formation like this in the flesh is that much more special. After an incredible day of landscapes, transfer to the nearby town of Swanage for tonight.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Osmington Mills to Lulworth walk
  • Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door visit
  • Weymouth to Swanage luggage transfer
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Please note that today’s walk is quite challenging along the coast. It is advised to have a good level of fitness to complete the walk to Lulworth, as there are no alternative options for transport once you begin.
Today is free for you to explore as you please in Swanage. If you’d like, your local leader has an optional walk planned, so you could join them. You’ll head through the countryside to Worth Matravers, with a couple of stops on the way and options to go on further hikes. After a while, regroup with your travel pals and do what is quintessentially British – celebrate with a pint at the pub in town (at your own expense). If you’re after something a bit more challenging today, be sure to ask your leader, as there are longer hiking options available, plus others where you can view more of this unusual yet wonderful coastline.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Worth Matravers village walk
Optional Activities
  • Durlston Country Park visit - Free
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
With your group, begin the day with a walk to the grand ruins of Corfe Castle. The dramatic landscapes on your way are as worthy of a pitstop and exploration – with dinosaur prints, medieval field systems and other evidence of habitation found all over this region. On arrival in Corfe village, you’ll have some free time to check out the town or book yourself in for a castle visit (which is highly recommended). Dominating the skyline of the town, thousands of years of history lay within the castle walls, from its creation, to resilience during the British Civil War, and partial demolition in the 17th century. Afterwards, you might want to check out one of the eateries in town – there are plenty of authentic British food options available. Depending on the group’s ability, return via a looped walk or on public transport and arrive in Swanage in the late afternoon or early evening. After this, there are no activities planned, so you are free to leave the group and continue your own adventure. Better yet, consider an extra night in Swanage after your tour finishes, to sing one last hurrah to the Dorset countryside.
Included Activities
  • Swanage to Corfe village walk
Optional Activities
  • Corfe Castle visit - GBP10
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Please note that, depending on the trip, you will arrive back in Swanage around 4 or 5 pm this afternoon. It is highly recommended to spend a post-tour night in Swanage so as not to miss any onward connections if your group were to be delayed back from Corfe. We’ll be happy to organise additional accommodation (subject to availability).

Meals

4 breakfasts

Transport

walking, Public bus, Private Transport

Accommodation

Hotel (4 nights)

Included activities

  • Abbotsbury to Weymouth guided walk
  • Isle of Portland circular walk
  • White Stones Art Cafe visit
  • Osmington Mills to Lulworth walk
  • Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door visit
  • Weymouth to Swanage luggage transfer
  • Worth Matravers village walk
  • Swanage to Corfe village walk

Dates & availability

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Important notes

1. This trip starts with a group meeting at 10 am on day 1 in your joining point hotel in Weymouth and ends after walks on the final day, around 4-5pm. Please plan your arrival and departure accordingly. We are happy to book additional accommodation before or after the trip for you, subject to availability.
2. If you plan to arrive by car, please search for relevant car park options in Weymouth. Private and public transport from the end of the trip back to Weymouth are available.
3. A single supplement is bookable on this trip, subject to availability at the time of booking. If you would like to book a single supplement and enquire about availability, please speak to your booking agent.

Essential trip information

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