Go Car-Free! 25 things to do on the X54 Jurassic Coaster1 Aug 2020
Try your first car-free holiday while using Durdle Door Holiday Park as a base. The seasonal X54 bus route stretches from Poole to Weymouth along the Jurassic Coast, and Durdle Door is right in the middle! Go car-free!
- Weymouth is a glorious Edwardian style beach resort. Punch and Judy and donkey rides, amusements and children’s activities galore on the golden sandy stretch of beach.
- Nothe Fort is part of Weymouth’s military history, and sits on its own peninsula guarding the bay with a simply breaktaking view over Weymouth bay and beyond. Nothe Gardens make a lovely place for a stroll and picnic.
- Sea Life Centre, Weymouth is home to penguins, sealions, and fish from all over the world. A fab water play park will be a huge hit with children.
- Walk among willow trees in Preston. The Springhead pub is super dog friendly and puts on an annual summer sausage and cider festival.
- See the Osmington White Horse – no need to get off the bus for this, you’ll see it from the road. Keep your eyes trained on the rolling green hills and you’ll be sure to spot it.
- Winfrith Newburgh is a picturesque village lined with thatched cottages. Notably, its award winning local shop and post office is also a refill centre meaning you can pick up many goods packaging-free. Winfrith also has a lovely riverside walk going past the old dog pound.
- Jump off the bus at Winfrith to walk to The Sailor’s Return pub. Set in the quiet, peaceful village of East Chaldon, the whitewashed thatched pub is a real hidden gem serving great food and local drinks.
- Durdle Door – needs no introduction! The limestone arch is going to provide the perfect backdrop to your summer holiday pics this year.
- Walk a section of the South West Coast Path
- Lulworth Cove is a stunning horseshoe shaped pebble beach. Uncommercialised and the perfect stop for a picnic while you watch the local fishermen bringing in their daily haul.
- Lulworth is where you’ll find The Boat Shed café, right on the seafront at Lulworth Cove. Well recommended!
- Fossil Forest, just a short walk along the coastal path from Lulworth Cove, is a fabulous opportunity to see where prehistoric trees once stood. Newly restored steps provide great access to the view point.
- Walk further along the Lulworth Firing Ranges to Mupes Bay – virtually inaccessible most of the year, this secluded beach is absolutely stunning and little-known, making it a quiet spot year-round.
- Walk even further along the dramatic coastline to Warbarrow Bay and the abandoned village of Tyneham for a step back in time to pre-war village life. This is a long walk but will be unforgettable!
- Wool is a gateway to the rest of the country with a train station in its midst. It’s the most convenient train station for Durdle Door, offering routes to and from London Waterloo and Weymouth. Go car-free and travel by train to Durdle Door for extra eco-friendly points!
- Bovington Tank Museum (connects seasonally to X55 from Wool station)
- Monkey World (connects seasonally to X55 from Wool station)
- Walk along the Saxon walled town of Wareham. The walls walk takes you along the perimeter on huge grassy mounds, erected to keep out enemies!
- Wareham Quay is a gorgeous place to stop for an ice cream and feed the resident ducks. You can catch a leisurely boat trip to Poole Quay or Brownsea Island from here.
- From Wareham, connect to the Purbeck Breezer bus service to Swanage via Corfe Castle and Langton Matravers.
- Go further to Dancing Ledge for a sea water pool dug into the old stone quarry.
- Poole Dolphin Centre shop til you drop!
- Poole Lighthouse theatre is the cultural centre of the arts in Poole. Catch a show or the latest film.
- Poole Quay and marina – see where the luxurious Sunseeker yachts are made.
- Poole Old Town and museum are a lovely walk along the high street, via the original LUSH shop.
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