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Tour Highlights

  • Experience some of Britain’s most dramatic coastline from a unique and inspiring perspective

  • Swim in the protected UNESCO World Heritage Site of England's stunning Jurassic Coast

  • Enjoy being gently carried along by the tide as you complete this beautiful 3km swim

  • Take in the unique seascapes of Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove and Stair Hole

Join us for a unique swim along Britain’s spectacular Jurassic Coast as we take in three of the region’s most impressive natural landmarks: Durdle Door, Stair Hole and Lulworth Cove. This 3km tidally-assisted swim is the perfect way to discover this UNESCO World Heritage Site and complete an unforgettable open water swim in one of England’s most beautiful coastal locations.

The Jurassic Coast is situated on the English Channel coast of southern England. The site stretches from Orcombe Point near Exmouth in East Devon to Old Harry Rocks near Swanage in East Dorset, a distance of just under 100 miles. Situated towards the Jurassic Coast's eastern end lie the unique geological features of Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove and Stair Hole, all within a 3km stretch of coastline which is superb for swimming.

Please note that swim times can vary between 40 minutes to 1.5 hours, depending on the tide and swimmer speed.

Who is this trip for?

This trip is ideal for swimmers who would like the opportunity to swim along a UNESCO World Heritage Site along England’s beautiful south coast. Swimmers should have a basic understanding of open water swimming, be confident swimming in various sea conditions and be capable of completing an unassisted swim of around 2km prior to the start of the trip.

What's included?

  • Fully guided swim along Britain's Jurassic Coast
  • Full safety support throughout the swim

What's not included?

  • Travel to and from the start of the tour
  • Any food or drink required during the day

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Swim Schedule

Depending on your trip date, we meet in either the Durdle Door Car Park or the Lulworth Cove Car Park approximately one hour before our swim in order to hold a safety and trip briefing in which we will explain the route and introduce our safety cover for the swim.

After the briefing, we will set off on a tidally-assisted 3km swim. The swim time can vary between 40 minutes and 1½ hours depending on the tide and swimmer speed. During this time we will swim through Lulworth Cove and Stair Hole and underneath the awe-inspiring Durdle Door. Please note that the order in which we see these landmarks will vary depending on your trip date and starting point.

After finishing the swim, we do a quick change and then walk along the coastal path back to the start point. The route gives us a great view of the entire swim. At the end there is time for a hot drink and a talk with your guides before the trip comes to an end.

Trip Schedule

Trip Date Swim Direction Meeting Point Meeting Time Swim Time
Saturday 01 July Durdle Door to Lulworth Cove Durdle Door Car Park, BH20 5PU 09:30 10:30
Sunday 02 July Durdle Door to Lulworth Cove Durdle Door Car Park, BH20 5PU 10:45 11:45
Saturday 02 September Lulworth Cove to Durdle Door Lulworth Cove Car Park, BH20 5RQ 07:15 08:15
Sunday 03 September Lulworth Cove to Durdle Door Lulworth Cove Car Park, BH20 5RQ 08:30 09:30

Depending on your trip date, we meet in either the Durdle Door Car Park or the Lulworth Cove Car Park approximately one hour before our swim in order to hold a safety and trip briefing in which we will explain the route and introduce our safety cover for the swim.

After the briefing, we will set off on a tidally-assisted 3km swim. The swim time can vary between 40 minutes and 1½ hours depending on the tide and swimmer speed. During this time we will swim through Lulworth Cove and Stair Hole and underneath the awe-inspiring Durdle Door. Please note that the order in which we see these landmarks will vary depending on your trip date and starting point.

After finishing the swim, we do a quick change and then walk along the coastal path back to the start point. The route gives us a great view of the entire swim. At the end there is time for a hot drink and a talk with your guides before the trip comes to an end.

Trip Information

Equipment Checklist

We recommend that you bring the following items with you on the day of your swim:

Item Item
Swimming Costume Small Waterproof Daypack
Swimming Googles* (x2) Warm Clothes including Woolly Hat
Sunhat and Sunglasses Sweater / Fleece / Waterproof Jacket
Waterproof Sun Cream Walking Shoes / Sandals
Towel Aqua Shoes / Sandals

*Try to bring one clear lens and one tinted lens for different light conditions.

Please do bear in mind that if you are not used to swimming in cold water we would highly recommend bringing and using a wetsuit.

We recommend you bring a small, preferably waterproof, rucksack for your warm clothes, hat and shoes to walk in post-swim (i.e. not flip-flops, trainers are fine). It is also worth bringing some change in your rucksack to get an ice-cream or cold drink on your walk back to the car park.

Please bear in mind that we will have everyone’s kit in a support boat, so would appreciate you keeping the daypack small. If you don’t have a waterproof daypack then it will be a good idea to bring a bin liner to wrap your bag in as there will be spray on the support boats.

SwimTrek will supply swim hats. We will have a limited supply/range of flippers, rash vests and wetsuits available on the trip, however we cannot guarantee sizes for all. If you have your own flippers, rash vest or wetsuit, we would recommend you bring these with you in order to maximise your enjoyment of the trip. Please note that SwimTrek will provide water and electrolyte drinks in shared water bottles on your safety boat. If you prefer to use your own drink bottle, please feel free to bring one along.

Temperatures

Swim Distance
Durdle Door Swim 3km (tide-assisted)

Swimming Conditions

Swimming in the sea is a fantastic experience, however you should be aware that certain marine life such as sea lice, jellyfish, sea urchins and coral could be present during the swim. In all cases we will work on reducing your contact with these creatures, however if you suffer from anaphylaxis, please consult the office prior to booking.

Temperatures

Month Water Temperature* Air Temperature*
July 15-18°C / 59-64°F 19-22°C / 66-72°F
September 16-19°C / 61-66°F 18-21°C / 64-70°F

*Please note that these temperatures are indicative and should be used as a guide only.

Weather Caveat

For safety reasons, we rely on decent weather conditions when carrying out our swim. As a consequence, open water swimming holidays require a certain degree of on-trip flexibility which can result in changes to the planned itinerary. These changes often add a touch of uniqueness to your trip and will be communicated to you by your SwimTrek guides as quickly as possible.

Group Size and Boat Support

This trip has a maximum group size of 24. The group will be split into a maximum of two groups, based on speed, with each group being accompanied by their own safety vessel/escort. 

Boat support on this trip includes two motorised safety vessels to be piloted by your SwimTrek guides. Please note that this boat support is subject to change without notice and cannot be guaranteed.

Getting There

The easiest way to reach the meeting point at either Lulworth Cove Car Park or Durdle Door Car Park is to drive, however you can also get there via train and taxi. While we have outlined various travel options below, they are subject to change and should be used as a guide only. Whichever route you choose to take, we recommend confirming your travel arrangements as early as possible in order to avoid price rises and availability issues.

Travel by Car

Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door are situated just outside the town of West Lulworth, 25 miles south west of Bournemouth. It is a good idea to familiarise yourself with the best routes available prior to your journey as the roads do get busy, especially during peak holiday times. There are no motorways near the Jurassic Coast (other than the M5 coming from the north down to Exeter). It is signposted from the A352 Dorchester – Wareham road. Please note that Both Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove have car parks tend to fill early in the day during busy periods and you will be responsible for covering the cost of any parking charges. We recommend the 6-hour car park at £6 per day. To plan your journey, please visit: The AA.

Travel by Train / Taxi

There are three main railway lines that connect the Jurassic Coast area with London and the rest of the UK. The first runs from Weymouth through Dorchester, Wareham, Poole and onwards up to London Waterloo. The second runs further west and connects Exeter with London Waterloo. A third line runs from Weymouth through Dorchester up towards Bristol. The nearest railway station is Wool, five miles away, on the Bournemouth to Weymouth Line. For all enquiries, please visit: National Rail

Once you reach Wool, there are usually taxis available directly from the train station. The journey to either Lulworth Cove Car Park or Durdle Door Car Park take approximately 15 minutes and costs around £10-£15 one-way. If you prefer to book your taxi in advance, this can be done using the following companies:

Garrison Cars – 01929 463395 / 01929 462467

Silver Cars – 01929 400409 / 07811 328281

Practical Information

Accommodation

For those wishing to extend their time in the region prior to or after their swim, the four-star Bishops Boutique Hotel Lulworth Cove is a wonderful option. Located on the cliff top of the Jurassic coastline, the hotel is just a stone’s throw from Lulworth Cove and the iconic Durdle Door. For enquiries and reservations, please visit: Bishops Lulworth

Other accommodation in the area can be found via: Lulworth Online

Extra Expenses

You should bring extra money with you to cover such items as travel, lunches, dinners, etc. The local currency in the U.K. is (£).

Passports and Visas

The U.K. is part of the European Union. Non-residents of U.K. require a full passport to enter the country, which should be valid for six months beyond the expected length of stay. Citizens of most countries, including all E.U. member states, U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand do not require a visa to enter U.K. Please note that visa regulations are subject to change and we advise that you check your own visa requirements prior to travel.

Vaccinations

There are currently no essential vaccination requirements for the U.K., however it is advisable to re-check this information eight weeks before you travel. You should also ensure that your immunity to tetanus and polio is up-to-date.

  • Thanks to our Guides, I couldn't have had a more enjoyable swim experience - can't wait for my next trip!

    Helen T. UK - 2016
  • As always, SwimTrek safely led us to a magnificent personal achievement. Can't beat the high of completing a swim. come on in, the water's salty!

    Peter Reed. UK - 2016
  • SwimTrek has always delivered great swimming holidays for me.

    Diana C. UK - 2016
  • Perfect weather conditions, stunning scenery, a great team of people and felt safe throughout. Can't wait to do it again.

    Tracy L. UK - 2016
  • Very pleased with my first swim out with this very professional company.

    Martin P. UK - 2016
  • Thank you for a great adventure.

    Lynn F. UK - 2015
  • Durdle Door was the perfect location for my first open water swim as the sea was clear and the scenery stunning, we were also very lucky to get such great weather. The guides were experienced and knowledgeable which helped put my nerves at ease as I felt well looked after. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and didn't feel like there was pressure to complete it in a certain time and we were encouraged to enjoy the views along the way. I can't wait to sign up for another swim and I am glad my first experience was such a good one. Thanks!

    Stacey M. UK - 2015
  • The guides, (and the swimmers), got a good balance between a challenging experience and a fun swim which was great.

    Martin Y. UK - 2015
  • I think the people you have working this event really made it what it was, great group,of people, who really personalised the day, and ensured everyone was involved, informed and safe. Location was fantastic. Pace of the day was spot on. Really enjoyed it. Well done!

    Rob H. UK - 2015
  • This really was a perfect day. I couldn't have asked for a better trip and the day is still making me smile. Thank you

    Melanie T. UK 2014
  • Thanks for a fabulous swim along the Jurassic Coast - Durdle Door made a great triumphal arch at the end of the swim.

    Judith B. UK -2014
  • Both Kate and Vicki were very professional and inspired confidence. I thought they managed the trek very well whilst keeping it friendly. Having lived in Dorset, I really appreciated the opportunity to swim this bit of the coast and thought it was on a par with the other treks that I done in the Western Lakes and Burgh Island. It would be idyllic in perfect conditions. Thank you all so much for offering this trip.

    Wendy Rooke -2013
  • I swim very slowly and appreciated that Vicki hung around waiting and offering cheerful encouragement and advice

    Anne Mitchell - 2013
  • Lovely atmosphere created by both guides Delightful spot-the whole day was great.

    Fran Goldthorp - 2013

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