South West Coast Path Dorset, Isle of Portand and The Isle of Purbeck
Weymouth to South Haven Point with option to walk on to either Poole or Bournemouth
7 nights and 6 days Walking holiday
Enjoy a 58 or 65.5 mile self-guided walking holiday on the south coast of Dorset from Weymouth to South Haven Point on the South West Coast Path. Walk around the Isle of Portland, see the famous Durdle Door, visit Lulworth Cove and Swanage. You can finish at South Haven Point or Sandbanks, or continue to Poole or Bournemouth.
Our self-guided walking holidays are designed with your comfort and enjoyment in mind and can be tailor-made to your own personal requirements.
The routes are clearly way-marked to provide reassurance on your hiking vacation.
We use high quality guest houses, inns or small hotels with en-suite or private bathroom to ensure you are well rested each night after a busy day hiking and sightseeing. Rest assured that all our accommodation walking holiday providers are hand-picked and offer you that famous British hospitality.
Special diets can be catered for, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free.
We organize the luggage transfer so your bags are at your next accommodation when you arrive.
Let’s Go Walking has developed one of the largest choices of walking holidays and our offices are staffed 9am to 9pm to ensure your walking holiday runs without a hitch.
This walking holiday in the UK operates March to October and in either direction.
The daily distances are only a suggestion. If you would like to walk longer or shorter distances, we can arrange that too.
Our stated distances include mileage to the accommodation or pickup point and so may not agree with the guide book mileages.
Rest days can be taken in any location.
Why not combine this walk with a hiking tour in another part of the UK or Ireland. Our staff will be happy to advise on necessary transfers.
Online booking available.
A deposit of £85 per person is required to secure the booking, with the balance due 6 weeks before departure.
Optional extra days and accommodation upgrades can be added during the booking process online.
South West Coast Path Dorset, Isle of Portland and The Isle of Purbeck
Weymouth to South Haven Point or Poole or Bournemouth
7 nights and 6 days Walking holiday
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive at Weymouth
You make your own way to Weymouth. We can assist with transfers if necessary. Car parking is available for the duration of this walking holiday in Dorset.
Day 2: Isle of Portland 13 miles Moderate
From Portland Bill you can see more the of coast path than from any other point on the path. On a clear day you can see Start Point in the west and Dulston Head in the east, a distance of 160 miles, over one quarter of the South West Coast Path!
Day 3: Weymouth to Osmington Mills 5 miles Strenuous
The path leaves Weymouth around Weymouth Bay to Osmington Mills.
Day 4: Osmington Mills to Lulworth Cove 7 miles Strenuous
Leaving Osmington Mills the path soon reaches Burning Cliff, named after its oil shale burst into flames in 1826. On past Bat’s Head and the world famous Durdle Door. The stunning Lulworth Cove is one of the South Coast’s most famous views. At Lulworth the South West Coast Path connects with the Purbeck Way.
Day 5: Lulworth Cove to Kingston 10 miles Severe
From Lulworth Cove the path enters the Lulworth Ranges tank training areas which has fossil remains of an ancient forest some 135 million years old. At Kimmeridge Bay you will see the rare sight of a ‘nodding donkey’ oil pump which has been pumping oil since 1959.
Day 6: Kingston to Swanage 10 miles Severe upgrades available
At St Alban’s Head there is St Aldhelm’s Chapel and an interesting radar memorial on the headland. This part of the coast path has caves and ledges created from the quarrying of Purbeck Marble. At Durlston Head there is 40-tonne stone sphere carved into the shape of the world.
Day 7: Swanage to South Haven Point/Sandbanks or Poole or Bournemouth 7.5 or 12.5 miles Moderate
On leaving Swanage you head towards The Foreland with its chalk pinnacles known as Old Harry Rocks. You can now see Bournemouth and the Isle of Wight in the distance. From the ferry across the mouth of Poole Harbour to Sandbanks you can see Brownsea Island, famous for its red squirrels. You stay overnight in Swanage again, taking the local bus back to Swanage (payable locally). Or you could walk on to Poole or Bournemouth, an extra 5 miles.
Day 8: Depart after breakfast
We can transfer you to your car or station.
South West Coast Path 8 day itinerary
Weymouth to South Haven Point
6 days walking and 7 nights
Day 1: Arrive Weymouth
Day 2: Isle of Portland 13 miles moderate
Day 3: Weymouth to Osmington Mills 5 miles strenuous
Day 4: Osmington Mills to Lulworth Cove 7 miles strenuous
Day 5: Lulworth Cove to Kingston 10 miles severe
Day 6: Kingston to Swanage 10 miles severe
Day 7: Swanage to South Haven Point/Sandbanks 7.5 miles moderate
with option to walk on to Poole or Bournemouth, an additional 5 miles
Day 8: Depart after breakfast
All prices subject to change
Optional Accommodation Upgrades for
South West Coast Path Weymouth to South Haven Point
Can be added when booking online
Subject to availability Supplement per person per night
in your UK walking holiday on the South West Coast Path
- accommodation at high quality guest houses, inns or small hotels on a bed and breakfast basis
- room with en-suite or private bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities
- daily luggage transfer
- support should there be any problems on route
- detailed itineraries
- guide book
- Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 maps
for your UK Walking Holiday on the South West Coast Path
- upgrade to the region’s most elegant, prestigious and famous hotels, where available
- transfers back to car or station
- parking facilities
- rest days
- inn to inn walks
Lunches and Dinners
These are not included.
These are available at overnight locations, either at your accommodation or in the town/village.
These can be provided by your accommodation or can be obtained from a local store, or cafe or inn along the route.
Holiday Travel Insurance
We require that you take out holiday insurance as Let’s Go Biking Ltd accepts no liability for the following:
cancellation, personal accident, illness, loss/theft of personal possessions and/or money, and any unforeseen circumstances, especially travel delays.
This is in addition to our existing
How to get there:
- By Plane to Bournemouth where we can arrange transfer to Weymouth
- By Car to Weymouth where parking is available
- By Train to Weymouth
- By Bus to Weymouth
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- Dingle Way in Ireland
- England Coast Path
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- Isle of Man
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- Jersey Coastal Footpath
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- Northumberland Coast Path part of the England Coast Path
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