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Coastline of Jurassic Coast in Dorset.

Join us on a walking holiday along the World Heritage-listed Jurassic Coast – a coastline famous for its 185 million years of geological history, fossil-studded cliffs and spectacular sea views.

Grade: Easy to Medium

Purple heather with view to Brownsea Island Poole Harbour Dorset England UK viewed from the coast next to the Sandbanks ferry

Why go?

  • See the UK’s first wholly natural UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Look out for rare and ancient fossils
  • Soak up beautiful sea views that stretch as far as the Isle of Wight
  • Admire famous Old Harry Rocks
  • Spend some time in unspoilt Swanage
  • Bournemouth based hotel

The Jurassic Coast

Stretching 95 miles from Old Harry Rocks in Dorset to Exmouth in East Devon, the Jurassic Coast is a national treasure with an astounding 185 million years of geological history. Thanks to centuries of coastal erosion, the coastline is now famous for its abundance of fascinating fossils that show how animals and plants evolved in this part of the world during the Mesozoic Era, between 250 and 65 million years ago! Stunning sea views, historical landmarks and beautiful coastal walks make this part of the country the perfect place for our walking holiday.

Dorset Trails

In the morning of our first day we will travel on a coach through Sandbanks before boarding the ferry to Shell Bay. From here we will walk about 3 miles along the beach to Studland and visit Fort Henry where the final D Day practice and senior meeting was held, before moving on to Old Harry rocks, the official eastern end of The Jurassic Coast. This is the youngest end of our UNESCO World Heritage Site, covering a period from 65 - 145 million years ago. Here we can admire the great views that stretch across to the Isle of Wight, Poole and Bournemouth. With our packed lunches, we will stop on Ballard Down for lunch. We will then continue along the Ridgeway, up onto the Isle of Purbeck Golf Course and down spectacular heathland past the Agglestone Rock. 

Total length of walk: 16km
Total ascent: 1300 feet

Unspoilt Swanage

On our second day, we will walk to the central bus station in the morning and board the double-decker, possibly open-topped, Purbeck Breezer bus. From here, we’ll take the ferry to Swanage, alighting at the famous Swanage Railway Steam Railway station, rebuilt by volunteers over 30 years following its closure in 1972 by the then British Rail. We will walk through the town and up onto Priest's Way, which was used by the Priest in the Middle Ages to hold his services. After about half a mile, we will turn south towards the Coast Path and then into Durlston Country Park and onto the castle. We stop for refreshments at Café/Restaurant (own cost) before visiting the famous Globe in the grounds and walking back to the bus stop at the station via Peveril Point and the Pier.

Total length of walk: 7km
Total ascent: 630 feet

Hinton Firs Hotel★★★

Enclosed in landscaped gardens on Bournemouth’s East Cliff, our hotel is just few minutes’ walk to the beach as well as the shops and activities of the town. 

The hotel is located off the A35 and Bournemough station is a 10 minute walk away. Complimentary car parking is available.

Facilities Include

Great for walkers, facilities here include a restaurant, bar, free Wi-Fi, indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and games room.

Rooms Include

The traditional style bedrooms feature TV, telephone, hairdryer and tea/coffee-making facilities.

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What’s included:

  • Twin/double room for sole use with private facilities
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • 2 guided walks including transfers
  • Packed lunch on full day walk
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Breakfast and dinner

What’s extra:

  • Insurance, see here
  • Ferry ticket from Sandbanks to Shell Bay – approx £1.00

Walking notes:

  • Grade: Easy to Medium
  • Distance: 7-16km
  • Walking boots: Essential

 

Useful Information

Location & Transport
The hotel is located off the A35 and Bournemouth station is a 10 minute walk away. Complimentary car parking is available at the hotel.

Walking programme
Two guided walks are included in the programme. The walking programme is graded easy to medium and you can expect to walk up to 16km (10 miles) on the first walk and around 7km (4.3 miles) on the second walk. A coach will be used to transfer you to the starting point of the 1st walk.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in your chosen activity holiday. If you are unsure as to whether the walks are within your capabilities, please contact the office to discuss this matter, thus making sure you appreciate the terrain that you will be walking.

You could be walking across uneven ground in some areas and extreme care must be taken, especially if wet. If used to using a pole/stick, it is advisable to bring it. Please appreciate the route and content of the holiday may change at the time and at the discretion of the guide/organiser, should conditions require. Solo’s Holidays Ltd cannot be held responsible for personal injury, accident or damage to property whilst on these walks other than incidents arising out of the company’s negligence. The guide has the right to refuse to guide a walk with anyone not properly attired.

What to Wear
It is of paramount importance that you have the correct footwear. It is essential to wear walking boots that are comfortable and preferably lightweight, with some ankle support and a good grip. If you already have a pair of boots that you are happy walking in (including during hot/wet weather and on hard ground), then bring these along. However, if you are bringing new footwear, do make sure they are well broken in before you arrive. Experience has shown that wearing 2 pairs of woollen socks adds to comfort.

Whilst we would hope for good weather during your holiday, it is of course impossible to guarantee this. We would therefore recommend you travel with clothing suitable for all conditions, and suggest you use the following checklist as a guideline of what to take:

Walking boots with good ankle support

Waterproofs – jacket and trousers

Walking poles – recommended as they provide good support for the knees, particularly on downhill sections of walks and when conditions are wet/slippery

Lightweight trousers and shorts with pockets

Shirts or t-shirts for walking in

Walking socks – several pairs

Lightweight fleece or jumper

Hat & gloves

Daysack/rucksack for walking

Umbrella – it can be used also for protection from the sun as well as rain

Lightweight drinking bottle to carry water whilst walking

Small first aid kit – plasters, insect repellant, etc

Good, high factor sunscreen, sunhat and sunglasses

Gratuities
There is often confusion on the question of gratuities, since it frequently depends on the type of holiday, location and, of course, your attitude towards tipping, as to what is normally expected. In order to give you a rough idea, we have given appropriate guidance below. The Tour Leader will be on hand to offer advice or suggestions if required but gratuities are offered entirely at the sole discretion of the individual. We suggest a group collection at the beginning of your holiday to cover drivers, guides, porters and hotel staff (including restaurant, kitchen and reception staff) of approximately £5. Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of bar staff and housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (the rounding up of the drinks bill and a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, restaurants expect a 10% gratuity (do check that service has not already been added to your bill). For taxis 10% of the metered fare.

Ready to book?

VIEW DATES & PRICES

Depart Return Nights Age Group Price From COMMENTS  
06 Sep 2019 08 Sep 2019 2 All Ages £ 335 BOOK

What’s included:

  • Twin/double room for sole use with private facilities
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • 2 guided walks including transfers
  • Packed lunch on full day walk
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Breakfast and dinner

What’s extra:

  • Insurance, see here
  • Ferry ticket from Sandbanks to Shell Bay – approx £1.00

Walking notes:

  • Grade: Easy to Medium
  • Distance: 7-16km
  • Walking boots: Essential

 

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