Weymouth and Portland, occupying a prominent place on the Jurassic Coast Natural World Heritage Site, will be the spectacular setting for the 2012 Sailing Olympics.
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. To do the full 3 days of walking, 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.
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. 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.
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 – Thomas Hardy’s home for the last 40 years of his life (also on the edge of Dorchester). 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.
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, the relevant ordnance survey map with the Footscape trail highlighted and all other information that you will need.
All prices are per person per night and in £ sterling
|Duration||Accom. option||Double / twin room||Single room|
|2 to 3 nights||A2||£75||£115|
|A2 a comfortable B&B or simple village inn|
|A1 a good hotel, luxury inn or equivalent|
|Occasionally we may propose accommodation with a standard and price between A1 & A2.|
|10% 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.|
Thank you for organising our walk last week. We both had the most wonderful time. It was a fantastic introduction to walking in Dorset, thanks again for a superbly organised trip. ”
Ben Meritt, England