A walking weekend in Dorset with HF Holidays
and I love walking but have never been tempted by group hikes. We preferred to
walk independently and not be herded about with strangers.
minded we were! A recent stay at Lulworth Lodge, run by HF Holidays,
dispelled all our prejudices. The Lodge has been recently renovated since
becoming part of HF Holidays portfolio, and offers relaxing and comfortable
accommodation just yards from the beautiful Lulworth Cove beach.
We stayed on
a Country House Break, which meant we enjoyed full board, but spent our days
doing our own thing. Meanwhile the lodge was hosting a guided walking group who
were bravely attempting the South West Coast path in Dorset.
stay we listened in to the briefings each evening for the Coastal walk and
began to wish we could join in. Everything was highly organised with taxis
arriving each morning to ferry the group to their starting point for the day,
and then drive them back to the Lodge when they had completed the hike. The
group leader, John, was a fountain of knowledge about the area and we quickly
realised the group were getting more out of their walks than we were.
with the group, albeit as outsiders, around the large communal dining tables at
breakfast and dinner. Everyone was so
friendly, including the hard working staff, which contributed to a great atmosphere with lots of laughs. There
were some couples, and quite a few singles, and most had been holidaying with
HF for many years. We could see why – the food was excellent, hearty cooked
breakfasts with plenty of choice and interesting 3 course dinners each evening.
Plus a packed lunch to take out each day that included freshly made sandwiches
of your choice, snacks, fresh fruit and cakes.
on our own, we still had a lovely weekend and were able to borrow maps and
walking information from the Lodge to plan our days. Lulworth Cove is so
pretty, even more so in the early morning and evening when the day-trippers
have left and we could enjoy strolling the few yards to the beach and not see a
soul. During our 2 days we also walked to the famous Durdle Door and explored
Corfe Castle, but both felt that there was so much left to see that we are
certain to go back one day.
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Breaks throughout the UK and abroad. There is a minimum 2 nights stay on
Country House Breaks and prices start at just£149 per person per night in 2015. Terms and conditions apply so see their website for details and offers.