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Weymouth

Discover Weymouth, the Jurassic Coast Trail and unspoilt Hardy country

Weymouth and Portland occupy a prominent place on the Jurassic Coast Natural World Heritage Site, they were the spectacular setting for the 2012 Sailing Olympics and an excellent resort to enjoy the Jurassic coast walks.

Our three beautiful trails are very different from each other. They include sea cliffs, safe beaches, an iron age hill fort, mixed woodland, a bird sanctuary, historic sites and village pubs. As the holiday is based in Weymouth, with its abundance of things to do, it is a very attractive option for families with children.

You can choose your own dates for this independent walking holiday, subject to the availability of accommodation.

Although ideal for a short break, to complete the full 3 days of Jurassic coast walks, you should opt for a 4 night holiday (or longer, if you would like to spend a day on the beach or go sea fishing or enjoy some of Weymouth’s other attractions). You can also book a short walking break of 2 or 3 nights.

Every July, leading west country chefs come to the award winning Pommery Dorset seafood festival in Weymouth to celebrate the great seafood Dorset has to offer. See here for more information.

Jurassic Coast walks

The first trail on our Weymouth hiking tour is an easy to moderate, circular 8 mile (13 km) walk around the interesting “Isle” of Portland, part of the Jurassic coast walks. You can increase the distance by 5 miles (8 km), if you walk back to Weymouth at the end.

The second walk, either 7 or 10½ miles (11 or 17 km), depending on whether you walk or take the bus for the first few miles, heads east along the Jurassic Coast  to Lulworth Cove past Durdle Door. There are some very steep but short ups and downs along this section of the South West Coast Path – one of the most spectacular parts of the Jurassic Coast walks. With this in mind, we have devised the option for the last couple of miles of this walk, a less challenging inland route which can still take in Durdle Door.

The third day takes you inland to Dorchester (10½ miles), with a choice of trail after the first 4 miles. You can choose to go over the amazing iron-age hill fort of Maiden Castle to Poundbury (Prince Charles’ model town on the outskirts of Dorchester) or take an alternative (easier) path to Max Gate (open April-October) – Thomas Hardy’s home for the last 40 years of his life. You could even opt to do both walks over two days. In either case there is a lot to see in Dorchester before returning to Weymouth by bus.

Accommodation & Services

You will stay in a choice of accommodation in Weymouth, which will include a full English breakfast each morning. We will give you our detailed Trail Guide for the Jurassic Coast walks, the relevant ordnance survey map with the Footscape trail highlighted and all other information that you will need.

Rates

Double / TwinSingle
7+ nights..from £85from £120
4 to 6 nightsfrom £90from £125
2 to 3 nightsfrom £95from £130
Prices are per person per night and in £ Sterling

A2 – A comfortable B&B or simple village inn

A1 – A good hotel, inn or equivalent

A+ – A luxury hotel

Occasionally we may propose accommodation with a standard and price between A1 & A2.

10% discount for groups of 3 or more. For very large groups (10+), please contact us.

We can sometimes offer family rooms with special prices for children.

Please give us details on the enquiry form

Discover Weymouth, the Jurassic Coast Trail and unspoilt Hardy country

Weymouth and Portland occupy a prominent place on the Jurassic Coast Natural World Heritage Site, they were the spectacular setting for the 2012 Sailing Olympics and an excellent resort to enjoy the Jurassic coast walks.

Our three beautiful trails are very different from each other. They include sea cliffs, safe beaches, an iron age hill fort, mixed woodland, a bird sanctuary, historic sites and village pubs. As the holiday is based in Weymouth, with its abundance of things to do, it is a very attractive option for families with children.

You can choose your own dates for this independent walking holiday, subject to the availability of accommodation.

Although ideal for a short break, to complete the full 3 days of Jurassic coast walks, you should opt for a 4 night holiday (or longer, if you would like to spend a day on the beach or go sea fishing or enjoy some of Weymouth’s other attractions). You can also book a short walking break of 2 or 3 nights.

Every July, leading west country chefs come to the award winning Pommery Dorset seafood festival in Weymouth to celebrate the great seafood Dorset has to offer. See here for more information.

Jurassic Coast walks

The first trail on our Weymouth hiking tour is an easy to moderate, circular 8 mile (13 km) walk around the interesting “Isle” of Portland, part of the Jurassic coast walks. You can increase the distance by 5 miles (8 km), if you walk back to Weymouth at the end.

The second walk, either 7 or 10½ miles (11 or 17 km), depending on whether you walk or take the bus for the first few miles, heads east along the Jurassic Coast  to Lulworth Cove past Durdle Door. There are some very steep but short ups and downs along this section of the South West Coast Path – one of the most spectacular parts of the Jurassic Coast walks. With this in mind, we have devised the option for the last couple of miles of this walk, a less challenging inland route which can still take in Durdle Door.

The third day takes you inland to Dorchester (10½ miles), with a choice of trail after the first 4 miles. You can choose to go over the amazing iron-age hill fort of Maiden Castle to Poundbury (Prince Charles’ model town on the outskirts of Dorchester) or take an alternative (easier) path to Max Gate (open April-October) – Thomas Hardy’s home for the last 40 years of his life. You could even opt to do both walks over two days. In either case there is a lot to see in Dorchester before returning to Weymouth by bus.

Accommodation & Services

You will stay in a choice of accommodation in Weymouth, which will include a full English breakfast each morning. We will give you our detailed Trail Guide for the Jurassic Coast walks, the relevant ordnance survey map with the Footscape trail highlighted and all other information that you will need.

Rates

Double Room

7+ nights from £85
4 to 6 nights from £90
2 to 3 nights from £95
Prices are per person per night and in £ Sterling

Twin Room

7+ nights from £120
4 to 6 nights from £125
2 to 3 nights from £13
Prices are per person per night and in £ Sterling

Trail Highlights

  • The Georgian seaside resort of Weymouth
  • The dramatic “Isle” of Portland with its Lighthouse and Museum
  • Durdle Door, with its clear waters and beautiful beach, and Lulworth Cove
  • Lodmoor Nature Reserve (for birds)
  • The neolithic settlement and iron-age hill fort of Maiden Castle
  • Poundbury – a model town designed by the Prince of Wales
  • Max Gate – Thomas Hardy’s self-designed home of over 40 years
  • The historic town of Dorchester
  • Jurassic Coast walks

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