South West Coast Path Run

South West Coast Path Run

A truly epic trail running holiday along England’s longest waymarked trail, from Minehead to Poole.

3 to 8 nights
630 miles
Easy / Moderate to Strenuous

From £390 per person

Find your holiday

About the trail

At 630 miles (1,014 km), the South West Coast Path is England’s longest National Trail and has good claim to being the most spectacular too.

The route spans a wonderful variety of running, over rugged clifftops, around sheltered coves, harbours, fishing villages and across heather moorland. Out here, you’ll find stirring views over the open sea and the British countryside, alongside devilish daily mileages.

It’s not just the distance that daunts, though: the route constantly rises and falls and will leave your calves whimpering. In fact, it’s more common for runners to attempt it one chunk at a time rather than all in one go.

We offer the South West Coast Path in sections, allowing you to piece together the most suitable route for your time and stamina. Of course, if you’re prepared for the challenge of the whole route, you can run these sections consecutively to cover the entire 630-mile trail.

Choose your route

  • This route includes dog friendly tour options North Devon Run
  • Cornwall's Atlantic Coast - North Run
  • Dorset Run
  • This route includes dog friendly tour options South Cornwall Run
  • South Devon Run
  • Cornwall's Atlantic Coast - South Run
  • This route includes dog friendly tour options South West Cornwall Run
  • Tor Bay and East Devon Run
  • Far West of Cornwall Run

Dog friendly tours available

Dogs are welcome on select routes along this trail. Look for the pawprint icon when choosing your holiday.

Walking tours available

We also organise walking holidays along this route. Find out more.

About this route

4 to 7 nights
80 miles
Easy / Moderate to Moderate / Demanding
2nd January to 24th December

From £530 per person

Dorset Run

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).

Available tours

Code Tour Duration Difficulty Price per person
R-DOR1 From Lyme Regis to Sandbanks, Poole Harbour(T) 4 nights, 3 days running Moderate / Demanding £530
R-DOR2 From Lyme Regis to Sandbanks, Poole Harbour(T) 5 nights, 4 days running Moderate £645
R-DOR3 From Lyme Regis to Sandbanks, Poole Harbour(T) 7 nights, 6 days running Easy / Moderate £855

Dorset Trail Run 4 nights, 3 days running

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  • Itinerary
  • What's included?
  • Extra nights?
  • Tour facts
  • Route profile
  • Travel info
  • Weather
  • Holiday Highlights

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. 


Travel to Lyme Regis where your first night's accommodation will be booked

Day 1

Lyme Regis to Abbotsbury. 20.5 miles (33km) / 2671 ft (814 m) ascent

Day 2

Abbotsbury to Lulworth Cove. 25.5 miles (41km) / 2595 ft (791 m) ascent

Day 3

Lulworth Cove to Sandbanks, Poole Harbour(T). 30 miles (48km) / 4236 ft (1291 m) ascent


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 in most cases; should your accommodation be further than this, transfers will be provided as standard if practical. A very limited number of stops will require you to travel on foot up to two miles off the trail, however these instances will be clearly communicated to you if applicable.

Further transfers may also be required due to some accommodations having a two-night minimum booking policy, especially at weekends.

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
£60.00 per person / per night
Single Supplement
£50.00 per person / per night

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

Extra night (Standard)
£65.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Lyme Regis)
Price on request
© Contours Walking Holidays Dorset Run map
Lyme Regis to Poole Harbour
80 miles (127 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.

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)
£65.00 per person / per night
Extra night (Lyme Regis)
Price on request

Tour Facts

Total distance: 79.5 miles (127 km)
Duration: 4 nights, 3 days running
Minimum daily distance: 20.5 miles (33 km)
Maximum daily distance: 30 miles (48 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, or at nearby Bournemouth). The most convenient station will depend on where your accommodation is booked.

By Bus - There is a bus service from Axminster to Lyme Regis Monday to Saturday only, so a taxi will be required on a Sunday.

Various buses run from Poole or Bournemouth. There is also a bus service between Poole & Bournemouth, although the train is much quicker.

From London - Trains run from London Waterloo station to Axminster. From here a bus or taxi will be required to Lyme Regis.

Return To The Start - The easiest way to return to the start of the trail from Poole or Bournemouth is to take the train to Dorchester South & then a taxi to Lyme Regis. There is a bus from Dorchester South to Lyme Regis Monday to Saturday only, but this takes much longer.
Alternatively, take a train from either Poole or Bournemouth to Weymouth, followed by a taxi to Lyme Regis (again, there is a bus service but this would take much longer and only runs Monday to Friday).

The best option for these journeys varies at different times of the day and week. A taxi may be better option for the whole journey. See Traveline and National Rail Enquiries for the best option for you the time & date your are travelling.

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.