Big Outdoor Adventures in Dorset

Swanage is the perfect location for a Big Outdoor Adventure in Dorset. Now is the perfect time to experience something new along the fantastic Jurassic coastline. Walk along the South West Coast Path and you pass the magnificent Old Harry Rocks, Dancing Ledge, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. Surrounded on three sides by the sea, coastal Purbeck has some of the best sea views and spectacular scenery along the whole of the south coast. It also boasts the very best in adventure experiences!

Everything from Coasteering to Kayaking and Climbing to Mountain Biking can be enjoyed in the area. But how do you choose what to do and who do you trust to help you do it?

What Outdoor Adventures can I do?

There is such a wide range of sea and land based adventure experiences in Dorset to choose from! Sea based? Land based? A combination of both? Get your group together, take a look at our outstanding reviews and take a look at everything we offer.


coasteering dofe gold residentialExplore the stunning Jurassic Coastline during a coasteering session – swim, walk, scramble and jump into the sea. All equipment is provided but you need to be able to swim 50m. We always have two Professional Coasteering guides in the water with Peterson tubes for your excitement and safety. There will be very clear instruction from the guides and our ‘Challenge by Choice’ ethos means you won’t be asked to do anything you don’t want to do.



Colourful kayaks on a friend trip at the base of Old Harry Rocks on the Jurassic CoastCome and join one of our experienced instructors to discover the delights of kayaking in Dorset and enjoy at least 2 hours on the water. Learn how to control a kayak, plus basic navigation and safety manoeuvres, then put your newly acquired skills into practice exploring rivers, Poole Harbour or the surrounding Jurassic Coastline.


Climbing & Abseiling

Child climbing on the Dorset coastScale new heights with our Cumulus Crew of climbing and abseiling instructors. Whether you’re a beginner or more experienced, we adapt our sessions around you. Our climbing sessions take place at one of the most stunning locations on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast – Dancing Ledge. Climb with the waves crashing beneath you and spectacular views as far as the eye can sea.


Mountain Biking

Mountain biking in the Isle of PurbeckFrom ‘Novice’ to ‘Ninja’, we have mountain biking routes and instructors to suit all levels of biking skill and adventure! Routes can be planned to suit everyone – you can either simply ride and enjoy the countryside or you can be put you through your paces, exploring unusual tracks and tackling various bike skills on tricky terrain.


Raft Building

raft buildingRaft building challenges and raft building team days are great fun and ideal for bringing groups of people together. Learn raft building techniques and then build and paddle your raft, putting your team skills to the test.


High and Low Ropes Course

Boy running along the high ropes poleFancy a little challenge which is big on fun? High and low ropes courses are great for family and friends, social groups, birthday surprises and party celebrations. Using many high and low challenges, we create rewarding experiences for everyone with absolutely no experience necessary!



bushcraft session in isle of purbeck woodland instructorSurvive and thrive! Our exciting Bushcraft sessions and challenges are geared to help you get back to basics whilst also enjoying the natural environment. Using our own woodland site on the Isle of Purbeck near Corfe Castle and Swanage, the selection of programmes are great fun, giving you an opportunity to ‘play’ outside. Get back to nature, learn how to make shelters, light fires, forage in secluded woodland and more!


Urban Orienteering

Urban orienteering is a fun team or group competition and challenge based in Swanage, with multiple challenges for the teams to complete in a given time. This can include answering cryptic clues, recording images, performing various challenges and participating in other activities on the route.

Can’t decide which outdoor activity?

Call us on 01929 422480 or email us to discuss your requirements for a Big Outdoor Adventure in Dorset.

If you’re unsure as to the suitability of any activity for your particular group, or what’s involved, give us a call. We will be happy to advise you what type of activity and level of challenge will be most appropriate for you. Most activities can be enjoyed by a broad age range with a minimum age of 8 years but no maximum, so you have no excuse!

Why choose Cumulus Outdoors?

Cumulus Outdoors was founded by Russell Thompson, who has over 25 years’ experience in the outdoor industry including working with Sir Ranulph Fiennes and leading 13 overseas expeditions. We are a fully licensed Activity Provider registered with the Adventure Activities Licensing Authority (AALA) and are also a member of the National Coasteering Charter (NCC). Our professional instructors are highly experienced – for Coasteering we always have two Professional Coasteering guides in the water with Peterson tubes for your excitement and safety.

Big Outdoor Adventures in Dorset are there to be enjoyed in stunning surroundings. Take a look at our range of outdoor experiences to pick the best option for you. Be confident in the credentials of your provider… and then all that’s left to do is have fun!

We support the Jurassic Coast Trust: We are proud to be a Jurassic Coast Business Partner, donating £1 from every booking for Coasteering and Climbing to the Jurassic Coast Trust. The money raised goes towards conservation and education projects all along the World Heritage Site. This helps to spread learning and understanding about this globally unique coastline, and, crucially, to safeguard it so that future generations can enjoy it as much as we do today.