Length: 24.0 km (14.9 mi) [for easy options to shorten the walk: see below text or the webpage or pdf]
Ascent/Descent: approx. 1100m; Net Walking Time: about 7 hrs for the full walk
Take the 08.05 Weymouth train from Waterloo (CJ 08.12), arrives Wool at 10.34.
From Wool take Bus 104 run by Damory Coaches, dep. 10.48, arrives Lulworth Cove 11.08; although with some luck you can still catch a delayed Bus X55 (First Buses), dep. 10.31, arr. 10.44.
Return buses: 16.25 to Wool, arr. 16.38 (line X55) and 17.11 to Wool, arr. 17.30 (line Breezer 30, run by More Bus); 17.35 to Weymouth, arr. 18.16 (line Breezer 30). After that it’s taxis, I’m afraid! See phone numbers on the webpage. Return trains from Wool are: 16.45, 17.22, 17.45, 18.45, 19.45, then 20.34 and 21.34 (the latter is a very slow service though).
Buy £13 Singles to Wool but from Weymouth, to be covered for all the return buses.
This is supposed to be a very beautiful and dramatic coastal walk, which takes in the iconic Lulworth Cove
, Durdle Door
(an arch), Purbeck's dramatic coastal scenery, and the abandoned coastal village of Tyneham
. The walk is a 'dog bone' shape, centred on Lulworth Cove by the Castle Inn (lunch pub).
While written directions are few and far between (so that this is essentially a map-led walk
), steep ascents are aplenty (just look at the height profile near the bottom of this page here
As you can see from the route map here
, some of it consists of out-and-backs to outlying tops though, i.e.: those can be spared.
The easterly loop is supposedly tougher, so let’s start with that, and see whether we have time and stamina left to do the westerly loop as well. Lunch
: Lulworth Cove Inn
(food all day).
Tea: Ship Inn
(open all day, food all day).
For walk directions
, height profile
, some photos,
and gpx/kml files