Join us for a very special weekend as we trek the dramatic and famous Jurassic Coast UNESCO World Heritage coastline and visit the UK’s largest seafood festival 🦀🥂!
Stretching 95 miles between Old Harry Rocks in Dorset, to Orcombe Point in East Devon, the Jurassic Coast – England’s first Natural UNESCO World Heritage Site – is the most geologically diverse coastline in the world. The exposed cliff sections allow us to look back through 185 million years of time; dinosaur remains have been found here, and it’s a fossil-hunter’s paradise.
On the first day of our trip, we’re going to hike the Isle of Portland with its dramatic, rugged cliffs, hidden coves and stunning views. Our hike will finish in Weymouth’s historic and picturesque harbour at the famous annual Dorset Seafood Festival. With almost 100 stalls serving delicious fresh fish & seafood, the festival is a true gastronomic adventure for seafood lovers!
On the second day, we will do a strenuous but very rewarding hike from the famous horseshoe bay of Lulworth Cove to the pretty village of Worth Matravers with staggering views of sweeping bays, folded cliffs and richly coloured limestone-loving wildflowers and butterflies. This path is one of the highlights of the Jurassic Coast!
Saturday: 07:45 meet near Hotel Novotel London West, 1 Shortlands, W6 8DR (five minute walk from Hammersmith Station); 08:00 sharp departure; 11:00-18:00 hiking the Isle of Portland (Challenging, distance: 20 km), Dorset Seafood Festival; 18:30 check-in at our accommodation, free time & sunset by the sea;
Sunday: 07:30-08:00 breakfast; 09:30-18:00 hiking along the Jurassic Coast from Lulworth Cove to Worth Matravers (Difficult, distance: 22 km), dinner at the Square & Compass pub, serving a great selection of local beers and ales and tasty, homemade pasties and pies; 18:00 departure; 21:00 London, Hammersmith.
Travel times may vary depending on traffic & weather conditions and the fitness level of the group.
Saturday – Isle of Portland:
Our hike will start from the Grove village, on the Isle of Portland. We will head to a small secluded beach of Church Ope Cove with superb views on our left to the chalk and limestone cliffs of Purbeck. Our coastal walk will then continue past the ruins of the 15th-century Rufus Castle and disused quarries towards Portland Bill Lighthouse, where we’ll make a short stop for refreshments. From there a beautiful clifftop track will lead us to Tout Quarry Sculpture Park and the iconic Olympic Rings Sculpture with picture-postcard views of the Chesil Beach. After following the Chesil Bank, then passing Sandsfoot Castle and Gardens, our hike will finish in Weymouth’s Old Harbour at the seafood festival!
Sunday – Lulworth Cove to Worth Matravers:
We’ll start off at the beautiful, scallop-shaped Lulworth Cove. We will pass the Fossil Forest, containing the most complete fossil record of a Jurassic Forest in the world, which grew here perhaps 135 million years ago and head towards Mupe and Worbarrow Bays with absolutely superb clifftop sea views. There are three stiff climbs in the first half of the walk, so be prepared 😊! The path will then continue to the beautiful beach of Kimmeridge Bay along the low black cliffs before leading us to St Aldhelm’s Head with dramatic views and a 12th-century Norman chapel of St Aldhelm. A short distance from there is the pretty village of Worth Matravers, where we will stop for dinner to finish off our long but exhilarating hike!
Hostel: mixed dormitory room for up to 6 members of our group without breakfast (good breakfast at the hostel – extra £6.75 paid on the day)
Shared: shared twin room in a hotel with breakfast
Private: private room in a hotel with breakfast
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What to bring:
That’s it, we’ll handle the rest. All you have to do is turn up and have a great long weekend of hiking 😊!
Accommodation: Riviera Hotel/YHA Portland Hostel.
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Traveling in small groups creates a friendly atmosphere. We aim to have no more than 16 walkers per group leader.
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