Jurassic Coast Trek – Our Newest UK Challenge!
Our adventure takes us on a weekend walk along England’s only natural UNESCO Word Heritage Site – the incredible Jurassic Coast! We’ll take in some of the area’s most famous sites, including Kimmeridge Beach, Lulworth Cove, and Durdle Door – the finish line for our challenge.
Spectacular views await every step of the way, as we make our way along the beautiful South West Coast Path. Starting with a walk from Peveril Point to Kimmeridge Beach on our first day of trekking, our second and final trekking day takes us to the iconic Durdle Door, stopping for a gaze at the horseshoe of Lulworth Cove on the way.
Dramatic coastal views and world-famous landmarks await on one of the most scenic Dorset coastal walks – join us for a weekend adventure to remember!
- Explore England’s only natural World Heritage Site
- See Durdle Door, one of Dorset’s most iconic landmarks
- Search for fossils in the ancient rocks of Kimmeridge Bay
- Visit Lulworth Cove, famous for its rock pools, clear waters and distinctive geology
Here’s a sneak peek of what you can expect on the Jurassic Coast walk!
Day 1 – Meet in Swanage
We meet at our hostel in Swanage early in the evening, for a group meal and event briefing. There will be transport available to collect you from Wareham train station.
Day 2 – Swanage to Kimmeridge
After breakfast we head for Peveril Point, which sets the tone for the incredible coastal views we are going to experience during our trek! We continue to Durlston Head, a country park on the cliffs above Swanage. From here we can see the impressive Great Globe, an enormous limestone sphere engraved with an 1880s world map.
Our trek continues west and we pass numerous sites of interest, including Anvil Point Lighthouse, Dancing Ledge, Winspit Quarry and Purbeck Radar Memorial. As we approach Kimmeridge on our final stretch of the day, the route becomes much less undulating and we can catch a view of Clavell Tower in the distance. Upon reaching Kimmeridge we have a little time to soothe our aching feet in the sea or even have a look for fossils before we transfer to our accommodation for a well-earned rest and evening meal.
Trekking distance – 14 miles approx.
Day 3 – Kimmeridge to Durdle Door
After breakfast we continue where we left off yesterday and rejoin the Dorset coastal path. It’s not long before we enter Lulworth Ranges – land used as Army firing ranges. It’s also notable for its steep sections as we follow the contours of the cliffs, but the remarkable views over Worbarrow Bay are worth the effort! There are more steep sections before us, as we approach the famous Lulworth Cove.
Our first view of this horseshoe shaped bay is breathtaking. Formed by glacial waters melting on the way out to sea, this area of the Jurassic Coast is a geologist’s dream.
How was Lulworth Cove formed?
Famous for its unique geology, Lulworth Cove was formed more than 10,000 years ago when waves began to erode the ancient Portland limestone rocks due to rising sea levels. The narrow entrance to the cove forces waves to push through in a curved shape, which over time has led to the horseshoe bay we can see today!
We have time to admire the twisted rock layers around the cove before our last steep but short walk uphill, over the limestone cliffs that take us to Durdle Door, a clear arch in the rock carved out by the pounding waves.
What is Durdle Door?
Durdle Door is a limestone arch, formed over millions of years as waves struck a weak spot in the tough Portland limestone, before wearing away the softer rock behind it. It’s believed that over time the roof of the arch will be eroded leaving just a stack, which will be further eroded to leave only a stump!
After a group photograph at the finish point, we transfer to our accommodation to collect our belongings and before making our onward journeys home.
Trekking distance – approx. 10 miles
For more information or to secure your space on the Jurassic Coast Trek, just click the button below! You can also give our team a call on 01244 676 454 and we’ll be happy to talk you through the details.
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