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Dorset Jurassic Coast – Portland & Durldle Door (Walking Weekend with Kayaking Option)
June 8, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - June 10, 2018 @ 7:30 pm£60.00 – £119.00
Organiser – Richie
Where – Portland YHA
When – 8-10 June 2018 (Fri-Sun)
Cost – £119.00 (includes 2 nights’ accommodation and the guided walks) – add £60 supplement for the Kayaking option on Sunday
For this coastal weekend we will be visiting the stunning Jurassic Coast (World Heritage Site) in Dorset, an ideal location for a summer weekend away. We have accommodation booked at YHA Portland, which is only a 3 hour drive from West London, meaning a decent arrival time on Friday evening.
If you need a car share transport option for this weekend, we can organise this for those who need it, details of this option will be announced nearer the time (please indicate this as a requirement when booking your ticket). You are welcome to make your own way to the accommodation and the starting points, if you prefer.
Portland YHA is ideally located for our planned hikes with all bed linen provided (just bring towel and toiletries). There is a well-equipped self-catering Kitchen (fridges, freezer, oven, kettles, toasters, microwave, cutlery & crockery) a Dining area, Lounge, Drying room, Showers and Toilets.
On Saturday after breakfast we will start the Isle of Portland circuit walk (16km or 23km options) – which takes us down the east coast and includes the southern tip, Portland Bill and Pulpit Rock. This is a walk of dramatic, rugged cliffs, nationally rare plants, hidden coves and stunning views. The Isle of Portland is a large mass of limestone which is linked to the mainland by the shingle ridge of Chesil Beach. Our return route bring us back up the west west along the coastal path and back into Portland the walk will provide stunning views and wonderful picture opportunities.
We then head back to the accommodation for showers before heading to a local pub or eatery for our evening meal (which is optional, self-catering is also available for those who choose this option).
On Sunday after breakfast, we have 2 options, both based a short drive away in Lulworth Cove:
Option 1: Kayak the World Heritage Jurassic coastline between Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door with expert guides from Lulworth Cove (an additional £60 supplement). Take in the natural wonders of this dramatic landscape from their safe and stable double sit on top kayaks and see Durdle Door in all its glory! http://www.jurassiccoastactivities.co.uk/
Option 2: For those who prefer to stay off the water – a walk down to the coast which closely passes the magnificent and famous Durdle Door (a Natural Arches and part of the Lulworth Estate and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site) providing stunning views and picture opportunities, plus meet the Kayaking group for lunch at Durdle Door.
Once we finish the activities we will depart back to London – you can expect to be back in London by about 7pm on Sunday evening.