Organiser – Richie & Rick
Where – Portland YHA
When – 10–12 November 2017 (Fri-Sun)
Cost – £119.00 (includes 2 nights’ accommodation and the guided walks)
For this coastal weekend we will be visiting the stunning Jurassic Coast (World Heritage Site) in Dorset, an ideal location for a late 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 transport 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 walk 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 have a short drive to the car park at Lulworth Cove (an attractive fishing port). Once there, we will start our 20km walk which initially heads around and above the Cove, then heads east along the coastal path towards Smuggler’s Cave and Mupe Bay, we then follow the South West Coastal Route and our route takes us into the deserted ghost village of Tyneham! (a ghost village near Lulworth on the Isle of Purbeck which remains a civil parish, and is one of a handful of parishes in England with a population of zero)!
Our return route bring us back west along the coastal path and into Lulworth where we will continue to follow the coast west beyond Lulworth which takes us along to the magnificent and famous Durdle Door (a Natural Arch and part of the Lulworth Estate, and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site) providing stunning views and wonderful picture opportunities.
Once we return the car park, we will 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 a short drive to Studland Bay – where our walk begins. The walk is approx. 18km and is based around Old Harry Rocks. We starts in Studland Bay and then head east towards Handfast Point – Old Harry Rocks. We then follow the coastal path south to Ballard Point before turning west inland along part of the Purbeck Way. We then head north through Godlingston Heath National Nature Reserve and onto Studland Heath. We link up with the Poole Harbour Trail and around South Haven Point before heading south and back into Studland Bay.
Once back at the car park, we will depart back to London – you can expect to be back in London by about 7pm on Sunday evening.