DINOSAUR FOOTPRINTS, LULWORTH & DURDLE DOOR ADVENTURE

£80.00

24th-26th August 2023 (3 days) 

We love the Dorset!

Explore this absolutely stunning area of the Jurassic Coast in southern England, situated within the county of Dorset. The Jurassic Coast is a UNESCO World Heritage Site recognised for its outstanding rocks, fossils and landforms.

Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door are some of the most popular destinations in Britain, drawing millions of visitors from all over the world each year. Discovering all of its secrets and treasures would take a lifetime, but its unique history and character can be felt right from your first glimpse.  This weekend will be “unfinished business” for some, but also discover the Dinosaur Footprints trail as a bonus on the Bank Holiday Monday.  See tabs below for more information.

This is a challenging weekend as we have many climbs (including steps galore!).  It is NOT for the unfit, so please only register if you have a good fitness level.

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This is a three day adventure in the beautiful county of Dorset.

DAY ONE – SATURDAY 24TH AUGUST 2023

LULWORTH COVE COASTAL WALK & TYNEHAM’S LOST VILLAGE

Approx 10 miles

IMPORTANT…. NOT FOR THE UNFIT >>>>> There are three HUGE ups and downs, PLUS lots of steps to contend with. Good footwear is a must (we will turn away anyone who does not have suitable footwear). A good proportion of this walk is on chalk ground which can get slippery when wet.

The first part of today’s walk takes us along the coastline to Worbarrow Bay which is part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. 

Because of its remote location, being only accessed via the village, South West Coast Path or by sea, the Bay is not overcrowded with visitors and is a wonderful location to enjoy a picnic (which we will – remember to bring your packed lunch and something to sit on). 

Part two of today’s walk: 

Tyneham Village – where time stopped in 1943…

Often referred to as Dorset’s ‘lost’ village, only the memories of who used to live here now remain.

The village was evacuated in December 1943 during WWII and has been deserted ever since. The area was needed for military training but after the war ended, the villagers were not allowed to return.

You can still see some of the original buildings and read about what village life used to be like. The Row was a row of four terraced houses, numbered from the higher end nearest the church. Each house now contains a storyboard providing more information about who lived there, complete with photographs.

Both the restored Church and School buildings are still intact and have exhibitions about the village and villagers. The exhibitions are open from 10am until 4pm when the village is open to the public.

At Tyneham Farm, some of the outbuildings have been restored and there is a picnic area to enjoy.

Walk back along the ridge to Lulworth .

Note: Tyneham and Worbarrow are part of the Ministry of Defence Lulworth Ranges so if walking to Worbarrow Bay you must keep to the paths marked with yellow posts at all times.

The Village, Worbarrow Bay and Lulworth Ranges are managed by the Ministry of Defence. 

DAY TWO – SUNDAY 25th AUGUST 2024

LULWORTH COVE LOOP VIA DURDLE DOOR

APPROX 4 miles 

This is a stunning circular coastal route that begins in West Lulworth and follows the stunning cliffs of the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are some hill climbs to navigate so make sure to wear sturdy shoes. Take extra care when navigating close to the cliff edge. There are refreshments available at the end of your hike near the trailhead. The views from the cliff-sides make the effort well worth it.  

Durdle Door is one of Dorset’s most photographed and iconic landmarks. It is part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site and is an extremely popular beauty spot.

It is located on the Lulworth Estate in south Dorset and is part of the Jurassic Coast. The coastline is of such international geological importance that it was designated England’s first natural World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2001 and is now part of a family of natural wonders including America’s Grand Canyon and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

The magnificent natural limestone arch was formed when the power of the waves eroded the rock and forged a hole through the middle. The name Durdle is derived from an old English word ‘thirl’, which means to pierce, bore or drill.

DAY 3 – BANK HOLIDAY DINOSAUR FOOTPRINTS TRAIL

Hidden away in Purbeck, within a stone’s throw of the Jurassic Coast, is the Spyway Dinosaur Footprints. Nestled alongside a working quarry and easily accessible from the Priest’s Way walking path, these incredible footprints were made by Jurassic giants, 145 million years ago.

Visiting the footprints is a journey through time, back to when this part of the world was covered by swamps, lagoons, and ancient rivers, and patrolled by immense sauropods straight out of Jurassic Park. There are more than 100 fossilised dinosaur tracks preserved in the quarry site, which were made by giant sauropod dinosaurs, most likely brachiosaurs.

Lou Stuart will lead a short 4.5-mile trail from Worth Matravers to Seacombe down the valley to the coast. We will walk along the coastal path to Dancing Ledge ( there is a sea-filled rock formation here that forms a pool to swim in if time allows !!!). From here, we navigate the route via an interesting National Trust mini open-air museum.  We then join the Priests Way and back to Worth Matravers to end the hike via the Dinosaur Footprints. Yes, you can actually stand in them! After the walk we will indulge in the fabulous pasties and free museum at the Square and Compass. (Not to be missed!).

You can then drive home and hoepfully avoid the Bank Holiday traffic.

 

Accommodation and meals are not included in this weekend package. 

We encourage you to book your accommodation asap as this is a popular area and will get booked up months in advance.

Accommodation is not included in this event, however we would recommend booking asap as this is a very popular area and options are booked up very quickly. 

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WHERE IS THE AG CREW STAYING?

Julia and some of the AG Crew will be stopping at The Red Lion Pub & Smokehouse.  They have a range of accommodation options from camping, campervan pitches or bed & breakfast options. To check out their site please visit: https://redlionwinfrith.com/stay/ 

The Red Lion is a family run pub situated at the heart of Hardy’s beloved countryside. Our doors are open throughout the year, regardless of season: winter brings warming log fires whilst the summer invites al fresco dining in our pretty pub garden. So, whether it’s delicious food, award winning ales, open fires, quiz nights or just a natter, you need look no further.

Close to the world renowned Jurassic coastline and surrounded by popular spots like Weymouth, Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove, and well visited attractions such as Corfe Castle, Monkey World and The Tank Museum; you’ll find the B&B or campsite the perfect base for exploring the surrounding area.

Once you have paid for this trip then you will be invited to join the AG Trip planner which has more detail for this weekend, including a chat area for those on the event to organise transport/car sharing etc.

Age Limit 

Adventure Geek Walks are open to anyone over the age of 10. However, anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Food & Drink

Please note we do not supply any food or drinks for this walk, you will need to bring your own packed lunch etc.  There is a breakfast available if you decide to stay at Norden Camp Site of hot bacon rolls, coffee and tea.

Dogs 

Our furry friends are welcome on this trip.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

There are no permissions expressed or implied by the Adventure Geek organisers. Participants make use of the facilities at their own risk and without express permission from the Adventure Geek organisers.

Walking is a physically active sport. If you have any doubts about your abilities, you should always seek advice from your GP before embarking on an Adventure Geek walk.

By registering for an event you accept that you do so entirely at your own risk and that it is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and able to take part in the event. We regroup often and our walks cater for all levels of fitness.

Children under the age of 16 years old are the responsibility of their parents or guardians and need to be accompanied at all times before, during and after the walk.

Adventure Geek volunteers do not accept responsibility for injury, loss and damage sustained by a participant unless the above injury, loss and damage are proven to have been caused as a direct result of negligence on the part of the organisers.

Dogs are welcome on the majority of our walks, however, we kindly ask that only one dog per walker and that the welfare of the animal remains your responsibility throughout your walk.  On occasion, we may add a note of “No dogs allowed” on specific walks (usually those with cattle), please respect this note.

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