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
Coast and Weymouth
village of Cerne Abbas
mansion of Kingston Lacy
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
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.
from 2.30pm onwards. Afternoon tea at
Saturday: The Isle of Purbeck and a trip
to the seaside
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
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
Cerne Abbas & Sherborne
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
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.