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Dorset’s Top 5 Walks

Take a walk on the wild side…it’s not really that wild here, but it is pretty amazing!

It’s hard with walks, if you try it and you don’t find it, it’s a little late to turn back. So, I thought I’d share 5 of my top walks in Dorset to help you on your way. You’re welcome!

Golden Cap
Distance – 4 miles
Landscape – Fields, tracks, country lanes, steep zig, zag gravel path.
Dog Friendly – some road walking but all the stiles have dog gates.
Car Parking – Above the Gravel beach in Seatown. there is a charge.

Golden Cap is the obvious name for a high, flat topped hill of deep orange sandstone on the cliffs between Charmouth and Bridport. Golden Cap is the highest point on the South Coast at 627ft with views along the shore to the tip of Portland Bill in one direction and to Start Point in the other.
Eat & Drink – The Anchor Inn is on the beach at Seatown and has wonderful food and an interesting selection of wine and ales.

Worth Matravers to Corfe Castle
Distance – 9 miles.
Landscape – Fields, tracks and coastal paths
Dog friendly – but some stiles which can be challenging
Car Park – The car park is just North of Worth Matravers and has an honesty box.

Worth Matravers is a picturesque village of lichen-encrusted grey cottages, complete with Duck Pond. The nearby quarries have been worked for centuries and the local stone was used to build Salisbury Cathedral. Corfe Castle stands on a high mound and is the site of a ruined castle. Burial mounds around the common of Corfe Castle suggest that the area was occupied from 6000BC. The common also points to a later Celtic field system worked by the Durotriges tribe. Evidence suggests that the tribe co-existed with the Romans in a trading relationship following the Roman invasion c. 50AD.[1]

The name “Corfe” is derived from the Saxon word, ceorfan, meaning to cut or carve, referring to the gap in the Purbeck hills where Corfe Castle is situated.

Eat & Drink: The Dog Friendly Square & Compass in Worth Matravers serves pasties with a range of real ale and home pressed ciders. There is also a small fossil museum in the pub.

Lulworth Cove & Durdle Door 
Distance – 2.5 miles
Landscape – Steeply rolling cliffs beside the sea, and green inland.
Dog friendly – Excitable dogs need to be under strict control near cliff edges.
Parking – Pay & Display Car Park, which is signposted at Lulworth Cove.

Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door are two of the best known features of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast. Lulworth bay is an almost circular bay in the rolling line of cliffs that form Dorset’s Southern coast, which provides a secure anchorage for fishing boats, and a suntrap of safe water for bathers. Due to the Geology, Lulworth Cove earned World Heritage status in 2002.

Eroded by time and nature, Durdle Door is one of Dorset’s most photographed and iconic landmarks 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 name Durdle is derived from an old English word ‘thirl’, which means to pierce, bore or drill.
As you look towards the sea, you will see Durdle Door beach on your right.
This short walk includes some uphill walking but the path is good and well graded.
Eat & Drink: Lulworth has tea rooms and hotels, but the Secret Garden welcomes dogs.

Cerne Abbas Giant
Distance – 2.2 miles
Landscape – Country paths and tracks, minor road (if heading to village)
Dog Friendly – A lovely walk to take dogs.
Parking – Cerne Abbas Picnic area.

Starting at the Cerne Abbas picnic area car park this circular walk follows a footpath to the Benedictine Cerne Abbey, then through the Cemetery and up the south east side of the Cerne Abbas Giant Hill. It returns down the north west side of the hill and passes the Giant before returning to the car park. There are excellent views of the Dorset downlands and the Cerne Valley from both sides of the hill. The Cerne Abbas Giant is world famous and it’s origin is the subject of much speculation.

Eat & Drink: Combine your walk with the lovely Cerne Abbas village and treat yourself to a refreshment in one of the four welcoming dog friendly pubs.

Portland Bill
Distance – 3.5 miles
Landscape – Grassy paths and tracks, level cliff tops and abandoned quarries.
Dog Friendly – beware of unfenced cliffs
Landscape – Grassy paths and tracks, level cliff tops and abandoned quarries.
Parking – By roadside in the centre of Southwell village, at road junction by Eight Kings Pub.

Starting from the car park near the Portland Bill lighthouse, this 3.5 mile walk is easy with few stretches of ascent and descent. It is a great way to see the fascinating landscape of Portland Bill associated with quarrying.

The Portland Race led to many ships being wrecked over the centuries, and the towers of three lighthouses can still be seen here.

This is a birdwatcher’s paradise, particularly during spring and autumn migration.
Eat & Drink – The Lobster Pot Café & Restaurant at Portland Bill, does an amazing Crab sandwich and is perfectly situated for taking in the wonderful view.

Finally and last but not least, we are very fortunate at Lancombe to be situated on the Wessex Ridgeway, so you don’t even need to get in the car to enjoy a wonderful and peaceful countryside walk.

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Winter wonderland!

A winter wonderland is waiting for you at Lancombe, as we really do feel like we have something for everyone at winter time.  So to give you a taste of what we offer here over the winter period to blow away the cobwebs, have fun, explore, hibernate, or have a little bit of everything; here are some ideas.  Don’t forget our 15% winter discount offer up to 17th December 2016.

Families, couples and groups

The build up to the Christmas holidays is nothing short of hectic, with all the presents, the nativity plays and trying to find the bulb on the tree that has blown all the lights. Of course there are also the emails, texts and phone calls organising who will see who this year, and when.

Well, if you want to get away from it all, we take some of the hassle away at Lancombe, with our festively decorated cottages, lodges and huts, a Grotto where Santa visits on Christmas and New Year week, and of course we are always at hand to make those Christmas wishes come true!

There is so much for children (and grown-ups) to do over the festive season in Dorset, so here are just some ideas:

Swanage Railway Santa Special – The Swanage Railway’s Santa Specials are famous around the world as Dorset’s leading family Christmas attraction. Their premier heritage steam railway, located at the seaside, is pleased to be host to Santa each Christmas.


Sail with Santa on a kid’s party cruise go on a Santa kids’ party cruise. Santa and his helper Dr Balloonman will give a 30 minute show, then perform magic or balloon modelling. Kids can also get a choice of amazing glitter tattoos.


Tank Museum’s Vintage Christmas celebrations Stepping back in time, ‘Vintage Christmas’ brings fantastic entertainment, an incredible festive market and historical education in a unique setting.  Visit:

Christmas in Brewery Square – a whole month of exciting events to spread the festive cheer and it all starts on Saturday 26th November with their Christmas lights illumination, market stalls, live music and the return of Skating In The Square Dorchester.  On the 17th December you can even meet the Ice Queen.  Visit:

Weymouth’s BIG Christmas – Weymouth’s BIG Christmas, held from the 4th-31st December.


There are too many events to list them all, so we recommend you check out this timetable on Visit-Dorset’s website:


Don’t forget though, holidays are not just for Christmas, you can still get away at Lancombe and enjoy the winter, here are just some things that we offer for a truly wonderful winter break in Dorset:  After you have searched for the fairies in our very own fairy walk, had a play in the games room, there is still so much to see and do in Dorset at winter time.  There is a plethora of local attractions, beaches, walks and activities check out our Out & About section at:

Once you have been to your favourite places, come on back to Lancombe to have a swim in our lovely, warm indoor heated pool or, for grown-ups, a relax in the Sauna.  Then cosy up in one of our beautiful and cosy cottages, lodges or huts ready to plan your next adventure.Dorset Doggy Delights – our four legged guests.

Here at Lancombe, we genuinely love dogs!  We know you are part of the family and as with all of us, you deserve a holiday where you are pampered too.  At Lancombe you will get your very own doggy welcome packs, consisting of a food bowl, mat, towel for drying off with after those muddy winter walks, a blanket if you like a cuddle on the sofa, and of course a treat (well it shouldn’t be just mum and dad that gets one after their journey).

As well as the large meadow, orchard and woodland walk at Lancombe, there is so much for you to do……..There are lots of ideas to explore Doggy Dorset in your welcome pack….but here is just a taster of the perfect pooch locations where you know you will be truly welcome.

Pet friendly beaches –

Attractions not to be sniffed at – As well as Swanage Railway where you are even allowed to ride on the train!  You can also visit the Dinosaur Museum, Corfe Castle, Kingston Lacey, Abbotsbury Sub tropical gardens to name but a few.

Countryside heaven – Have a run around the beautiful Dorset Countryside, where there’s lots to see and explore.  More information is available in your welcome packs.

Hungry? – There are plenty of Dog friendly pubs in Dorset, including our two nearest pubs, the Fox & Hounds in Cattistock and the Chalk & Cheese in Maiden Newton where in both you can be assured of a warm welcome.  They also serve wonderful food, so make sure you can be seen under the table!!!!

After that, you can always cuddle up to your mum or dad (or both) in your cosy and warm dog-friendly-holidays-dorset-150x150cottage, lodge or hut.

Call Caroline on: 01300 320562 or email:, you can also visit: to book online.



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Oops we did it again!

We are very proud and delighted to announce that for the second year running, Lancombe Country Cottages & Lodges have been winners at the Dorset Tourism Awards.  After winning Silver last year, we won two awards this year. These were a Silver in the International Visitor Experience and we also won a Bronze in the Self Catering category at the very glamourous award ceremony earlier this month.awards

This means that yet again, we are considered one of the top 3 self-catering complexes in the whole of the County.

The awards celebrate excellence in tourism across the South West with linked schemes in Cornwall, Devon and Dorset.  The aim of these awards is to promote and reward businesses and individuals in the tourism industry, whatever their sector and size.

Nick Fernyhough of headline sponsors Saffery Champness said:  “We have been delighted to be the headline sponsor for yet another year for these prestigious Awards and congratulate the winners.  The standard of the competition has been outstanding and it has been good to reward excellence in this essential sector of the Dorset economy. The awards are really helping to raise the profile of Dorset and also to raise the quality of the Dorset visitor experience.”

The judging took account of our entry form, along with a combination of web searches, review sites, emails, telephone calls and visits, plus all available additional evidence.

As we have also received our second Certificate of Excellence Award this year as a result pics-of-awardsof our fantastic Trip Advisor reviews.  We are over the moon, as it means the people that matter the most, you, our guests, feel Lancombe is a place where special memories are made, which is what we strive for.

So thank you to all our past, present and future guests, who make Lancombe Country Cottages and Lodges a pleasure to run.

Caroline & family

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Keeping the Kids Entertained at Lancombe

At Lancombe Country Cottages and Lodges, we pride ourselves on being a holiday destination that is wonderfully suited to families. If you are looking for somewhere to stay in Dorset with childrens entertainment, then this is certainly a great place to come.

When planning your time with us, here’s our hot list of ‘things to do’ for the little ones, if you want to keep them entertained onsite.

  1. Pool fun!
    Lancombe’s indoor heated swimming pool is plenty big enough for all the kids to enjoy splashing around in and also has lots of inflatables to have fun with. What’s more, the pool is indoors, and it’s heated too, so no matter the weather, it’s perfect.
  2. Games Lodge
    The games lodge is situated in a great position. It overlooks the gorgeous countryside, but is also far enough away that laughter and fun will not be distracting to other guests! So it’s a brilliant place for the children to hang out. There’s a table football, air hockey, books and games. It’s new to Lancombe and there’s been plenty of enjoyment so far.
  3. The Fairy Trail
    Little fairies fill our woodland walk with their magic. Send your little ones on an adventure to see if they are able to spot the little houses amongst the trees.
  4. Egg Gathering
    The children will very much enjoy meeting our clucking residents; and we’re always happy to have little helpers when we’re gathering up the fresh chicken eggs.
  5. Joining us at a festive time?
    We at Lancombe love to make a bit of a fuss of the festive seasons. So if you’re joining us around Easter, Halloween or Christmas, then expect some surprises!
  6. DVD and Games Library
    If you want a little family time, to relax in your accommodation, the DVD and Games Library is sure to have something on offer.
  7. Free Play
    There’s plenty of space at Lancombe. Your children are very welcome to play in the woodlands, the orchard, or the courtyard.
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Welcome to Dorset

Lancombe Country HolidaysSince moving to Lancombe Country Cottages and Lodges back in December 2013, as the new owners, we have been very busy getting out and about in our new Dorset patch; meeting the locals, finding our way around, and testing out some of the beautiful tourist attractions. We are over the moon with our new location!

There are traditional seaside towns and secluded coves to relax in; or the ability to take part in the water sports on offer (errr, think we’ll just do the relaxing part for now!). We’ve found the countryside of Dorset to be a complete eye-opener too, with amazing wildlife, fantastic walks for ramblers and an abundance of simply stunning woodland, plants and crops.

I’m a bit of a sucker for local produce, and the local market towns have a lot to offer on this front. So when I’ve been surrounded by charming thatched cottages, small boutique shops, bustling market stalls, I’ve been in my element. Our guests have been really enjoying this too.

From museums to arcades, festivals to beach days, boat trips to historic houses and gardens; it’s all here. And to pop a cherry on the top of this rather delicious region, the eateries are divine! There is without doubt, one of the largest selections of great places to dine in Dorset, that more often than not, will serve up lots and lots of that scrumptious local produce I was telling you about earlier.

So, we are certainly feeling very welcome in Dorset!

Come back soon. I’ve got lots more to tell you about.



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