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Discover (or re-discover) the joys of sea swimming and cove and cave exploring, on our stunning swimming weekend in Dorset, along its rugged coastline. We have created the perfect balance of exploration and relaxation, immersing guests in some of the most iconic swims including Lulworth Cove, Man ‘o War Beach, Kimmeridge and Studland Bay.
This swimming holiday is fuelled by cake, wonderful local food and good company!
Inclusive and for all, our swimming holidays are for all types of swimmers – the “dippers”, the head up breast-strokers and the 10k warriors, with different options every day. Our guides ensure there is plenty of swimming for all levels (for safety and enjoyment we suggest swimmers can swim 400m as a minimum).
Come on a journey through Dorset like no other – joining together the most stunning sea swims and walking some incredible stretches of the South West Coast Path to get to them, on a magical journey that you’ll remember for a lifetime. We know there is nothing more reviving and refreshing than swimming and dipping in the hidden swimming spots, coves and beaches of the Jurassic Coast; with two or more swims planned each day – it’s a heavenly weekend escape!
Arriving into Wareham at 11am, we’ll meet you at the station and take the short transfer to Man O War beach for an introductory swim before lunch. Getting to know our group over a picnic lunch on the beach we have the option for an afternoon swim around the coast to Durdle Door, or to walk along the coast and hop into the sea for a shorter swim around this famous landmark. Durdle Door is definitely the greatest draw on this Jurassic Coast; to swim through this ancient archway is a rite of passage. The clear indigo and turquoise water below and the limestone columns above are truly awe inspiring making this the perfect swim to start your weekend. Resting up in the evening we head to the pub for a well-deserved dinner and pint!
This morning’s swim is from the famous Lulworth Cove out and around to the iconic Stair Hole. This catacomb of collapsed sea caves and tunnels has created a shallow lagoon with three routes out to the ocean. With a series of small sea holes perfect for sitting, jumping and diving – this is a true swimmers’ playground. Lunching at Durdle Door we swim in the afternoon at Kimmeridge Bay, perfect for dipping and exploring as well as for more serious swim training. An option for this afternoon is to swim in Chapman’s Pool beach, a remote and wild spot, beautiful in its isolation and the best place to get away from the crowds. Returning to our hotel in the late afternoon there is plenty of time to relax before dinner out in a local restaurant.
Popular for ‘sea-bathing’ since the railways allowed the Victorians a summer seaside break, we head to Swanage for our final day of swimming along this beautiful stretch of ocean. The afternoon swim takes place along Studland Bay. With gently shelving bathing waters this sheltered beach is ideal for sea swimmers and home to the famous annual Studland Seahorse Swim event. Transferring back to Wareham station in the mid-to-late afternoon, we say our farewells and help with all ongoing travel arrangements.
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With easy rail / bus and car journeys from London, Bristol or the Midlands, arrive to the start of your trip ready to go! Immerse yourself in wonderful Dorset countryside, with a wide range of swims and relax in the evenings with like-minded people in some of the best pubs known to man! We’ll start your holiday straight from the train station so just bring yourself, your swimwear, tow float, wetsuit (if you use one) some sturdy walking shoes and a sense of adventure – we’ll cover everything else.
Led by our outstanding qualified swimming guides, we know every beach, cafe, local pub and restaurant, hidden away cove and isolated beach! Most importantly we are students of the sea and understand where and when to swim in relation to tides and weather conditions.
We take care of everything for you, with your accommodation pre-booked, all transfers between swims in our own vehicles, you’ll not need to worry about your luggage transfers, lunch and dinner bookings as it will all have been taken care of for you. All you need to do is relax, immerse yourself in the journey ahead and enjoy.
Swimmers are wonderful people – fact. Our guests are “the salt of the earth”, fun and supportive, groups become like family and often enjoy each others company so much they come back again – altogether!
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The best way out of London and other major cities into Dorset is by train. The direct journey from London Paddington to Wareham Station is just under 2 hours. You may also drive, using the station parking at Wareham.
Absolutely! We bring like-minded people together on these trips, to enjoy a group atmosphere, get stuck into some great activities, water sports, hikes and to share a well-deserved meal with at the end of each day. Over 30% of our guests travel alone and swimmers are always very accommodating and welcoming. Solo guests have the option to have a room on their own or share with another guest.
We require guests to be competent swimmers. All guests must be able to swim 400m unsupported before joining this tour. If you would like to chat to one of our team about your particular trip, fitness and activity levels and what is involved in coming on one of our tours, please get in touch and we would be happy to help
For all our tours we will send out kit lists in plenty of time before your tour.
What else do I need to bring?
Non-swimmers are actively encouraged and play a full part in the tours. They will be able to walk to all the swims and be part of all of the group activities. They will not be able to travel in support boats or craft however. Please contact us prior to booking if you would like to bring a non-swimming guest.