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DORSET COAST - LULWORTH COVE

On this Discovery Tour we stay for seven nights at Lulworth Cove on the Dorset Coast and have the opportunity to discover the dramatic coastline of the Jurassic Coast as well as exploring the chalk downlands further afield. This is Thomas Hardy country

  • Jurassic Coast and Weymouth
  • Thomas Hardyís Dorchester
  • Quaint village of Cerne Abbas
  • Elegant mansion of Kingston Lacy
  • Wimborne Minster and the Isle of Purbeck

2017  Dates: One week tours start Fridays  07 April, 16 June, 08 Sept, 13 Oct

Price in British pounds:  855.00 GBP  based on double occupancy. 
A few single rooms have no supplement, 
Non-member associate fee is 10 GBP per person


Accommodation:   Lulworth Lodge is located at Lulworth Cove just a stone's throw from the beach and with magnificent sea view.  12 bedrooms have ensuite private bathroom, TV, hairdryer. There is a dining room, bar and lounge.  All guests are participating in an HF Holiday so the atmosphere is that of a private club.

Meals: All meals are included. Breakfast is a hot and cold buffet. Lunch is a packed lunch. Dinner is a three course meal with a choice of four main courses including one vegetarian. Special diets can be catered to.

Itinerary:

Friday: Arrival day   Check in from 2.30pm onwards. Afternoon tea at 4pm.

Saturday: The Isle of Purbeck and a trip to the seaside
We start the week with a visit to the Saxon town of Wareham and continue with a nostalgic trip on the Swanage Railway. After lunch in Swanage and a stroll along the promenade, our afternoon will be spent at Durlston Country Park to enjoy the stunning sea views and cliffs. And perhaps a cup of tea at the Victorian folly Ė Durlston Castle. Our journey back will follow the Purbeck ridge with views over Poole Harbour. 

Sunday: Weymouth and Portland
A highlight of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, the Isle of Purbeck offers a stone sculpture trail, views to Chesil Beach, and an iconic lighthouse at Portland. We finish the day in Weymouth, the base for the Olympic sailing events in 2012.

Monday: Free day to explore the local area. Why not walk to Lulworth Castle, or find out more about the Abbotsbury Swannery and Tropical Garden?

Tuesday: Cerne Abbas & Sherborne
Start the morning with a visit to the historic village of Cerne Abbas, known for the infamous giant resting on the hillside. We then visit Sherborne castle, the stunning home built by Sir Walter Raleigh, with a Capability Brown garden. The afternoon is spent in Sherborne, a charming country town, with a magnificent abbey, which traces its origins to Anglo-Saxon times.

Wednesday: Dorchester and Thomas Hardy
A journey back 2,000 years with a walk around the Iron Age fort of Maiden Castle as it fell to the Romans. Then time to enjoy the county town of Dorchester with its wide choice of museums. After lunch we touch on the life of Thomas Hardy with visits to his last home at Max Gate and his local church, St Michaelís, where he was baptised and buried.

Thursday: Wimborne Minster
Explore Wimborneís maze of alleyways around the imposing minster. Donít forget to seek out the chained library. An afternoon at nearby Kingston Lacy provides the contrast of an Italian palace in the Dorset countryside. Walk through to the woods to the Japanese Garden and visit the recently refurbished walled vegetable garden.

 Friday: Depart after a leisurely breakfast

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