Headwater Holidays – Self Guided Holidays
Beautifully varied and wonderfully unspoilt, Dorset’s award-winning Jurassic Coast offers 95 miles of idyllic sandy beaches backed by ancient craggy cliffs and meadows carpeted with seasonal wildflowers. In 2001, it gained UNESCO recognition as England’s first Natural World Heritage Site charting 185 million years of the earth’s history, with rocks and fossils dating to Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous times.
This 5-night walk is the perfect introduction to Dorset’s wild and beautiful landscape, where the quietly rolling Purbeck Hills stand in stark contrast to the huge falcon patrolled chalk cliffs, and where every climb is rewarded with fantastic sweeping sea views. In the main, your route follows the coast-hugging long-distance South West Coast Path, pitching and swooping from one downland hollow to the next before a gentle descent into Lulworth Cove by way of the panoramic Burning Cliff and the world-famous rock-arch, Durdle Door. The 280-acre Durlston Country Park is a haven for wildlife (including rare red squirrels) and, with over 250 species of birds, is an ornithologist’s paradise. On your final stretch, if you’re lucky, you may spot bottlenose dolphins and playful seals emerging from the waves beyond Swanage where the procession of sculpted cliffs and towering chalk stacks known as Old Harry Rocks, marks the end of the Jurassic Coast.
As well as outstanding natural beauty, the region is also rich in archaeology with ancient forts and crumbling castles proudly guarding quintessential rural villages tucked into tranquil corners and crammed with traditional sandstone cottages, tempting tearooms and atmospheric old coaching inns serving great local food. The places you’ll be staying in are among the best in the region, including a beachfront B&B in Weymouth and a lovely C19 mansion in the centre of historic Swanage. Breakfasts are included everywhere; with so many dining options on your doorstep, we’ve left other meals up to you.