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Dorset Trail Running

A trail-running holiday from Lyme Regis to Poole along the South West Coast Path.

4 to 7 nights
75 miles
Easy / Moderate to Moderate / Demanding

From £430 per person

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About this route

This dramatic leg of the South West Coast Path follows the Jurassic Coast through Dorset, beneath towering cliffs and over beaches of white sand. The shore here is heavily sculpted by the sea, and you’ll enjoy coves, stacks and the great arch of Durdle Door as you run through this prehistoric scenery to the South West Coast Path’s final stop in Poole. Don’t forget to drop into the old market town of Bridport or picturesque Lulworth, ideal resting points along the way.

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

Standard
Interactive
© Contours Walking Holidays Dorset Trail Running map
Lyme Regis to Poole Harbour
75 miles (120 km)
2nd January to 24th December

Holiday highlights

Racing toward the high cliffs of Golden Cap, which give way abruptly to the pebbled ridge of Chesil Beach and Fleet Lagoon.

Taking in the incredible sights of famous rock formations, including Durdle Door, Old Harry Rocks and Dancing Ledge.

Visiting the market town of Bridport and the picturesque villages of Lulworth, Tyneham and Abbotsbury.

Available tours

CodeTourDurationDifficultyPrice per person
R-DOR1 From Lyme Regis to Sandbanks, Poole Harbour(T) 4 nights, 3 days running Moderate / Demanding£430
R-DOR2 From Lyme Regis to Sandbanks, Poole Harbour(T) 5 nights, 4 days running Moderate£510
R-DOR3 From Lyme Regis to Sandbanks, Poole Harbour(T) 7 nights, 6 days running Easy / Moderate£665

Dorset Trail Run 4 nights, 3 days running

£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 run 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. 

Start

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

Day 1

Lyme Regis to Abbotsbury. 20 miles (32km) / 2671 ft (814 m) ascent

Day 2

Abbotsbury to Lulworth Cove. 28 miles (45km) / 2595 ft (791 m) ascent

Day 3

Lulworth Cove to Sandbanks, Poole Harbour(T). 28 miles (45km) / 4236 ft (1291 m) ascent

Finish

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
£40.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£33.00 per person / per night


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

Extra night (Standard)
£55.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Lyme Regis)
£65.00 per person / per night

What's included?

  • 4 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.

Poole is a fantastic option for an extra night or two, and would make for the perfect end to your holiday. With its rich history and wealth of fine buildings, including the beautiful Old Town and a variety of museums to visit, Poole is a fantastic resort for budding historians and those wanting to learn more about the town?s fascinating heritage. As well as all of the usual amenities, those seeking more active pursuits can take advantage of a range of attractions including water parks, Jet Ski hire, animal parks and even a Go Ape treetop adventure site.

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

Extra night (Standard)
£55.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Lyme Regis)
£65.00 per person / per night

Tour Facts

Total distance: 75 miles (120 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days running
Minimum daily distance: 20 miles (32 km)
Maximum daily distance: 28 miles (45 km)
Code: R-DOR1 Grade: Moderate / Demanding
Season: 2nd January - 24th December
Start of holiday: Lyme Regis
End of holiday: Sandbanks, Poole Harbour(T)

Route Profile

Dorset Trail Run 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 and Bournemouth). The most convenient station will depend on where your accommodation is booked.

By Bus - Various bus services run to Lyme Regis and from Poole or Bournemouth.

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 Dorchester. From there catch a bus 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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