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Lyme Regis to Poole along the dramatic coastline of Dorset and the Jurassic coastline.

7 to 8 nights
80 miles
Moderate / Demanding

From £720 per person

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About this route

Nature shows its artistic flair here in Dorset, where high cliffs rear abruptly from tranquil shores and beaches of white sand. Sea-sculpted coves, stacks and arches draw the eye at every turn of the South West Coast Path, offset by the soft lines of the dunes of Studland Heath and the tidal flats of Poole harbour.

History is well-represented in the old market town of Bridport, not to mention picturesque Lulworth and the medieval swannery of Abbotsbury.

Book an extra night at Weymouth if you wish to enjoy the circuit of the Isle of Portland (15½ miles/25 km).

We also offer a Dorset Short Break option that explores the path from Weymouth to Swanage. Click here for more information.

© Contours Walking Holidays Dorset map
Lyme Regis to Poole Harbour
80 miles (127 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Following in the footsteps of Lady Mary Anning, who popularised fossil hunting in Lyme Regis.

Tracing the stark geology of the Jurassic Coastline, with stand-out examples such as Durdle Door, Old Harry Rocks, and Dancing Ledge.

Basking in your own achievement as you reach the end of the South West Coast Path in Poole.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
DOR1 From Lyme Regis to Sandbanks, Poole Harbour(T) 7 nights, 6 days walking Moderate / Demanding£720
DOR2 From Lyme Regis to Sandbanks, Poole Harbour(T) 8 nights, 7 days walking Moderate / Demanding£820

Dorset 7 nights, 6 days walking

£NNN per person
  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather

Important information

Please Note: The Dorset Coast Path goes through the Lulworth Ranges. These are normally open most weekends and around Easter, May Bank Holiday, Spring Bank Holiday and most of the summer period. 

If your walk between Lulworth Cove and Kimmeridge falls when the ranges are closed, it will be necessary to take a detour inland. There are various options available for this detour and all of them are given in our information pack.

More information on the Lulworth Ranges can be found on the MOD website. Before booking please check that the ranges will be open. A list of opening times can be reached by clicking here.

Additionally: The South West Coast Path concludes at Sandbanks, after a short ferry ride over from Shell Bay. After disembarking from the ferry, you will be taken by taxi to your final night's accommodation, either in Poole or Bournemouth. The cost of this transfer is included in the cost of your tour. 


Travel to Lyme Regis where your first night's accommodation has been booked

Day 1

Lyme Regis to Bridport. 12 miles (19.5km) / 2169 ft (661 m) ascent

Day 2

Bridport to Abbotsbury. 11.5 miles (18.5km) / 495 ft (151 m) ascent

Day 3

Abbotsbury to Weymouth. 13.5 miles (21.5km) / 866 ft (264 m) ascent

Day 4

Weymouth to Lulworth Cove. 12 miles (19.5km) / 1729 ft (527 m) ascent

Day 5

Lulworth Cove to Worth Matravers(L). 13 miles (21km) / 2480 ft (756 m) ascent

Day 6

Worth Matravers(L) to Sandbanks, Poole Harbour(T). 17 miles (27km) / 1801 ft (549 m) ascent


Depart from Sandbanks, Poole Harbour(T) after breakfast

Your Itinerary

This itinerary lists our preferred overnight stops for this tour. Sometimes there may be a shortage of available accommodation in a preferred location, in which case we will transfer you from the trail to your accommodation and back again at no extra charge. Overnight stops marked with a (T) will always require transfers as standard.

Overnight stops marked with an (L) have very limited accommodation, and therefore more often than not will also require a transfer, particularly on bank holidays and weekends. We will use non-transfer accommodation wherever possible.

The daily mileages quoted are average trail miles only and do not include the distance from the trail to your accommodation. We do not expect you to have to travel more than a mile from the trail to your accommodation; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard.

Below are the additional costs that may apply depending on your requirements. Dog-friendly tours are subject to a Daily Dog Charge, which will be listed below if applicable. Our standard prices per person are based upon two people sharing a room; if you are on your own, or are part of a group but require a room of your own, then the Solo Traveller or Single Supplements apply respectively:

A note about transfers
Solo Traveller Supplement
£45.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£35.00 per person / per night

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Bridport)
£70.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Lyme Regis)
£70.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 7 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms (where available) in selected B&B’s, hotels, inns and guesthouses along the trail, or a short distance away via taxi provided at our expense.
  • Breakfast each day.
  • Door to door luggage transfer.
  • Maps with the route marked on and a guidebook or route notes describing the trail.
  • An information pack containing an itinerary, instructions on how to find your accommodation each night and a kit list.
  • Detailed travel instructions on how to get to the start of your holiday and back from the end of it.

Extra Nights & Rest Days

An extra night gives you the chance to explore some of the towns and villages along the trail or to simply relax and give those weary legs a rest.

Lyme Regis, with its beautiful harbour, fascinating museum and parish church with its amazingly large chained bible, is a good choice for an extra night.

There is a lot to see and do in Bridport - a fine medieval church, interesting museum, thatched brewery with its waterwheel, some fine almshouses and a lovely old harbour.

If you fancy somewhere quieter, consider Worth Matravers, a lovely village with fascinating history while Poole, with its rich history and wealth of fine old buildings is another good choice.

Book an extra night at Weymouth if you wish to enjoy the circuit of the Isle of Portland (15½ miles/25 km).

You can add rest days at any of the overnight stops:

Extra night (Standard)
£60.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Bridport)
£70.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Lyme Regis)
£70.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 79.5 miles (127 km)
Duration: 7 nights, 6 days walking
Minimum daily distance: 11.5 miles (18.5 km)
Maximum daily distance: 17 miles (27 km)
Code: DOR1 Grade: Moderate / Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Lyme Regis
End of holiday: Sandbanks, Poole Harbour(T)

Route Profile

Dorset Route Profile

Travel Information

Useful information and travel links that will assist you in your plans to travel to the start of the holiday and back from the end of it are sent to you with your full tour pack. A summary is given below:

By Air - The most convenient major city and international airports are Exeter and Bristol.

By Rail - The nearest rail station to the start of the trail (Lyme Regis) is at Axminster (about 6 miles away). There is a rail station at the end of the trail (Poole, or at nearby Bournemouth). The most convenient station will depend on where your accommodation is booked.

By Bus - Buses run to Lyme Regis from Axminster. Various buses run from Poole or Bournemouth. There is also a bus service between Poole & Bournemouth Monday to Saturday only (as well as the train 7 days a week).

From London - Trains run from London Waterloo station to Axminster. From here a bus/taxi will be required to Lyme Regis.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail is to take a train from Poole/Bournemouth to Weymouth. From there catch a bus/taxi to Lyme Regis.

Weather Information

To find out more about the weather forecast for your chosen holiday's general location, please see the following websites:

  • MetCheck - This website allows you to look up detailed weather information for specific locations as far as six months in advance.
  • Met Office - This website shows regional area forecasts a few days in advance, with a general UK forecast description of up to 30 days in advance.
  • Mountain Forecast - This website shows what the forecast is like up on specific hills and fells, and offers forecasts a few days in advance.

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Customer reviews from the Dorset

“Really loved the walk! Scenery was gorgeous, B&B's were all very good, trail was very easy to follow. Overall very lovely. Had to call once about a trail question, another walker had recommended we skip a section of trail due to shingle on the path. Right during your phone call, you folks looked up recent trail reports and you were able to reassure us it looked OK to stay on the trail.”
Ms Going, USA
“Thank you for arranging the coastal path walk for us. All went to schedule and we all got back safe and sound. All the accommodation catered well for Barnaby, the friendly dog.”
Mr Thomas, UK
“The walking was great - the length and amount of effort suited us. The booking was easy, organisation good and the pick-up/drop-off of luggage worked well.”
Mr Hadaway, UK
“Thoroughly enjoyed the walk. This was a lovely holiday.”
Ms Kim-Scott, USA
“Overall very good service, very good tour, everything was fine.”
Dr Quassdorf, Switzerland
“The SWCP is truly amazing. It’s a very special place.”
Mr Fuller, USA
“The holiday was specifically tailored to my requirement to complete the SWCP from Weymouth clock tower to South Haven point in 4 days in August and it all worked out very well indeed, including the weather.”
Mr Wyatt, UK
“It was just as brilliant as the last four. For one of our party this was her first walking holiday and she is just as keen as me to book again. I don't think we could pick out one as there were so many beautiful places along the way. For myself I was most looking forward to seeing the Lulworth Cove area and it did not disappoint.”
Mrs Chopra, UK
“We had a great time - generally excellent B&B's and flawless baggage transfer.”
Mrs Knowler, Canada
"Esplanade at Weymouth" by David Keogh (2018) "Esplanade at Weymouth" by David Keogh (2018)
"Southern End of Fleet" by David Keogh (2018) "Southern End of Fleet" by David Keogh (2018)
"Lulworth Cove" by John Wilkins (2019) "Lulworth Cove" by John Wilkins (2019)