We’re delighted to announce that the Jurassic Coast has been voted the most beautiful place to go for a walk in the UK. The UNESCO World Heritage Site, beat a number of iconic holiday destinations to the top spot, including Giants Causeway and Hadrian’s Wall. Of course, we’re not surprised given the incredible scenery found along the Dorset coast. There truly is something for everyone, whether you’re an avid hiker or prefer a leisurely afternoon stroll.
Best Walk in the UK
A national holiday cottage agency commissioned research into the most beautiful walks in the UK. Over 2,000 people were invited to submit their favourite hiking trails, with entries spanning far and wide. The top 10 featured a range of destinations, including England’s Highest Mountain, Scaffel Pike, Loch Ness, Ben Nevis and The Lizard Peninsula. Despite these worthy contenders however, it was the Jurassic Coast that came up trumps to take the crown.
Entrants cited stunning coastal views as the main reason they like walking along the Dorset section of the Jurassic Coast. They liked exploring natural landmarks such as Old Harry Rocks, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door and perusing the picturesque coastal towns that line the route.
According to the survey, more than three quarters of holidaymakers enjoy going for a walk on holiday – in fact the quality of nearby walking routes is one of the major considerations when choosing the getaway destination. Of those that participated, the majority prefer walking by water and 38% like their route to include a stop at a country pub! The ideal walking distance is a very respectable 7.5 miles, with most preferring a gentle pace. On average, staycationers go on 4 walks during a weeklong break.
Walking Holidays in Dorset
We’re unsurprised by the results, given the large numbers of hikers we welcome to our holiday park each year. Ulwell Holiday Park is widely considered the perfect base for a walking holiday in Dorset. our accommodation and facilities are geared up for people looking to spend time in the great outdoors.
From our grounds, it’s just a short walk to the South West Coast Path, where you can venture in either direction to explore Studland Bay, Durlston Country Park, Dancing Ledge or further if you’ve got the energy. Guests looking for something less strenuous can drive to Worbarrow Bay, Kimmeridge, Lulworth Cove or Poole and enjoy shorter walk from there.
Ulwell Holiday Park is the perfect destination for a walking holiday in Dorset at any time of years – but we think it’s especially great in October and November. The crowds of summer have gone, so you can enjoy a range of scenic autumn walks at a slower pace. There’s plenty of cosy country pubs that you can incorporate into your route – we like the Square and Compass, the Bankes Arms and the Smuggler’s Inn. It’s also one of the peak times for wildlife watching.
Hiking the Jurassic Coast
We look forward to welcoming you to our dog friendly holiday park close to the Jurassic Coast for a walking holiday this year. If you haven’t visited us before, take a look at our wide range of self-catering accommodation and camping and touring pitches online. We have a fantastic onsite bar and restaurant, well-stocked shop, modern amenities block as well as an indoor swimming pool and children’s play park. The park boats stunning views of the surrounding Purbeck Hills and is just a short walk from the town centre and beach.