Coastline of Jurassic Coast in Dorset.

Join us and explore England’s first natural UNESCO World Heritage Site and discover a coastline of spectacular, jaw dropping scenery and views. Stretching 95 beautiful miles, this South Coast national treasure, with 185 million years of geological history, makes the stunning and diverse Jurassic Coast perfect for a weekend of walking.

Grade - Easy to Medium

Old Harry Rocks on the Purbeck Coast in Dorset taken from a drone

Why Go?

  • See the UK’s first wholly natural UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Two specially designed walks to explore and experience this beautiful coastline.
  • Look out for rare and ancient fossils
  • Soak up beautiful sea views
  • Admire famous Old Harry Rocks
  • Explore the quaint Victorian town of Swanage
  • Bournemouth seaside hotel

Itinerary

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Day 1 - Bournemouth

Check into hotel, meet our tour leader and fellow Solos guests for the welcome drink and enjoy our first evening meal together

  • Accommodation Marsham Court Hotel
  • MEALS Dinner included

Day 2 The Jurassic Coast

After breakfast, we set off by coach from our hotel to Sandbanks (where incidentally is home to the most expensive real estate in Europe). We take the short trip on the Sandbanks Ferry across the largest natural harbour in Europe, over to Middle Beach on the edge of Studland village. From here we start our main walk for the day. Our route takes us to Fort Henry, a Grade II listed observation bunker where the final D-Day meeting of the US and UK senior figures took place along with the final D-Day exercises prior to the D-Day landings. From here we can enjoy panoramic views over Studland Bay. We then continue along the southwest coastal path along the cliffs above South Beach onto Old Harry Rocks.

Old Harry Rocks with its famous three chalk formations is situated on the eastern end of the Jurassic Coast. This is the “young” end of the World Heritage Site, dating from the Cretaceous period covering 65 million to 145 million years ago. We will then walk through Studland village and on to Agglestone Rock also known as the Devils Anvil, a unique enormous block of iron rich sandstone on the Isle of Purbeck. We will stop at a suitable viewpoint with great scenery for our packed lunch.

After lunch, we cross the Isle of Purbeck golf course, up along the ridgeway, giving great views in all directions to the famous village and ruin of Corfe Castle. Built in 1086 by William the Conqueror however attacked and destroyed in 1646. All along the route you will learn about the history, culture and geology of this unique World Heritage Status site. Private transfer back to hotel

Total Walking Time - 5 hours (approx)

Distance – 10 mile (approx)

Ascent – 1800ft

Grade – Easy to Medium

  • Accommodation Marsham Court Hotel
  • MEALS All meals included

Day 3 Swanage & Durlston

This morning we walk to the Bournemouth Bus Terminal and catch the No. 50 bus to the Sandbanks ferry. The route takes in lovely views over the Sandbanks peninsular and often the route is served by an open top bus.(not guaranteed). We stay on the bus while we take the ferry and alight at Swanage Bus and Railway station and meet our Walking Guide. This is where the famous Swanage Steam Railway is located, rebuilt by enthusiasts since 1972. From here the route takes us up to Durlston Country Park, a nature reserve where a major housing estate was originally planned for one of Swanage's main developers in the late 1800s, George Burt. However, a Dorset Folly of a Castle was the only dwelling built which now houses an excellent information centre, a nice restaurant giving great views of Old Harry plus points of interest such as the famous stone Globe. From here, we will walk down into Swanage, giving you time to explore this quaint Victorian town, developed by John de Moughlam, George Burt's uncle before returning on the local bus to the hotel enjoying views along the way.

Total Walking Time - 2 hours (approx.)

Distance - 3.5 miles (approx.)

Ascent - 500ft

Grade Easy to Medium

  • Accommodation
  • MEALS Breakfast included

Marsham Court Hotel***

This popular award-winning family-run seaside hotel with stunning sea views over Bournemouth Bay offers comfortable accommodation and well renowned service making this lovely hotel a perfect accompaniment to our walking weekend

Facilities Include

Enjoy the many facilities on offer including bar, restaurant, outdoor swimming pool (heated May-Sept, weather permitting), gardens/sun terraces with stunning sea views and free Wi-Fi throughout. Free car parking for Solos guests (first come first serve basis)

Rooms Include

Standard Twin/Double rooms for sole use are equipped with en-suite facilities, direct dial telephone, Freeview TV, hairdryer, free Wi-Fi, laptop safe, clock radio, tea/coffee making facilities, complimentary toiletries

Room upgrades available at a supplement (Subject to availability.Please call to book)

Sea View Room for Sole Use - £60 per stay

Sea View Room with balcony for Sole Use with sea view - £70 per stay

What’s included:

  • Twin/Double room for sole use
  • Half Board: Buffet Breakfast and three course Table d’hote evening dinner
  • Picnic lunch on full day walk
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • 2 x guided walks including transfers (private transfer on full day walk, public bus on half day walk)
  • Ferry tickets

What’s Extra

  • Insurance - see here

Useful Information

Useful Information

Location & Transport

Our hotel is located in the East Cliff area of Bournemouth the perfect launching point for exploring the spectacular Dorset Coast of England. The hotel is minutes from all the towns facilities including Bournemouth Pier. Bournemouth coach and train stations are located only 10 minutes away from the Marsham Court.

For those driving SATNAV directions use BH1 3AU

 

Walking programme

Two guided walks are included in the programme.

First Full Day walking programme

Total Walking Time 5 hours (approx)

Distance – 10 miles (approx)

Ascent – 1800ft

Return Private transfer via ferry

Grade – Easy to Medium

 

Half Day walking programme

Total Walking Time - 2 hours (approx.)

Distance - 3.5 miles (approx.)

Ascent - 500ft

Return transfers by public bus service

Grade Easy to Medium

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 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). As is customary, ‘the hat’ will be passed around for the driver and guide on all optional excursions. 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.

Dress Code

The dress code for during the evening is casual.

Depart Return Nights Age Group Price From regional flights available COMMENTS  
05 Jun 2021 07 Jun 2021 2 All Ages £365 Easy to Medium BOOK
Easy to Medium
10 Sep 2021 12 Sep 2021 2 All Ages £365 Easy to Medium BOOK
Easy to Medium

What’s included:

  • Twin/Double room for sole use
  • Half Board: Buffet Breakfast and three course Table d’hote evening dinner
  • Picnic lunch on full day walk
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • 2 x guided walks including transfers (private transfer on full day walk, public bus on half day walk)
  • Ferry tickets

What’s Extra

  • Insurance - see here

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