Seaside Walk Week – Lulworth Cove near Moonfleet Manor
Seaside Walk Week is a great new family-friendly walking event designed to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the wonderful Family Holiday Association, a charity helping those in difficulty take their children on a break.
Embracing nine guided walks over nine days at scenic locations around the UK, it includes lovely Lulworth Cove a 40-minute drive from our Dorset property Moonfleet Manor on Monday 25 May – perfect for a half-term day out embracing fun, fresh air and the knowledge that you're raising money for a brilliant cause.
Lulworth Cove lies on the Jurassic Coast and is famous for its spectacular geological formation, created by the waves carving into the soft rock. A 3.4-mile walk will turn inland from the cove and take in the ancient burial mound of Hambury Tout then skirt Newlands Warren through a lush valley called Scratchy Bottom (cue lots of guffaws from the kids), rejoining the shore at the Southwest Coast Path and heading past Durdle Door, an impressive natural limestone arch.
A longer walk will cover about 8.6 miles and follow the same route inland before joining the undulating Purbeck Hills coastline then picking up the South West Coast Path at Ringstead Bay. At this dramatic setting, five types of rock that formed underwater tilted when the tectonic plates shifted and continents collided. It’s a great place to bring kids, who love spotting the Bull, the Blind Cow, the Cow and the Calf – protruding rocks marking the line of the coast 10,000 years ago. Even more exciting is identifying the large holes in the sea stack – fossilised remains where cycad trees grew a mind-boggling 147 million years ago.
To register, see http://www.familyholidayassociation.org.uk. Each walk costs £15 per adult, £5 for children aged 5–16, with under-5s taking part for free. There’s no minimum sponsorship required but the Association would be delighted if you could raise £40 or more.
Image credit: Visit England/Visit Dorset