What to Expect from our Wild Swimming Holiday in Dorset
Iconic Jurassic Coast Swims
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!
Swimming holidays for all - from the 'dippers' to the distance warriors
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 short walks to these hidden spots along some incredible stretches of the South West Coast Path, 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!
Dorset Swimming Photos
Dorset Wild Swimming Holiday Itinerary
Day 1Man O War beach and the incredible Durdle Door
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!
Day 2The iconic Lulworth Cove and Stair Hole, Sea Caves, Kimmeridge Bay and Chapman's Pool
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.
Day 3Swanage, Studland Bay and Farewells
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.
Fully Guided, Hassle Free Swimming Adventures
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!
Meet and Greet Location
Wareham Station, Dorset
Handpicked 3* Hotels and B&Bs
All Breakfasts, 1 Dinner, 1 Picnic Lunch
2 Nights Accommodation
Professional Tour Leader / Guide
Shore and On-Water Safety Support for all Swims
Transport and Transfers Throughout
All swims, walks and alternative options
Wetsuits - Strongly Recommended But Not Essential
Tow Floats - Essential
Gratuity for Guide / Tour Leader
What is the best way to get to Dorset?
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.
Can I join this Swimming Holiday on my own, as a single traveller?
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.
Do I need to be a good swimmer to go wild swimming?
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
What do I need to bring on this Dorset swimming holiday?
For all our tours we will send out kit lists in plenty of time before your tour.
It’s completely up to guests what they swim in, however we recommend wetsuits in April – June as the waters are still chilly! For “skins” swimmers, we ask for evidence that they are swimming regularly in advance of the tour.
We provide brightly coloured hats for all guests
Tow-floats are mandatory, for visibility purposes
What else do I need to bring?
We highly recommend bringing warm clothes – Dry robe / dressing gown etc – for after you have swum
Hats / warm shoes are also highly recommended
Beach shoes – such as crocs are required although flip flops are not recommended (to flimsy on rocky beaches)
Walking shoes / a strong pair of trainers are required as there are walks of up to 2 miles to access the more remote swimming locations
A walking jacket / trousers, should the weather be inclement
Relaxed evening attire – nothing smart needed!
Can I bring a non-swimming guest?
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.