Swanage Beach in Dorset


Cumulus Outdoors is set in an unbeatable location on the world famous Jurassic Coast. Our adventure centre and tented villages are ideally placed for exploring iconic natural landmarks, such as Old Harry Rocks, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door.

Residential school trips on the Jurassic Coast

Cumulus Outdoors Residential Centre and Tented Villages are based in spectacular locations in the Isle of Purbeck. We offer a wide variety of adventure activities, designed to get young people active and into the great outdoors! We specialise in creating memorable residential trips for school and youth groups. The Cumulus Team also welcome families, business, stag dos and hen dos looking to try an adventurous activity in Dorset.

One of the things that sets us apart from other providers is the magnificent venues in which our activities take place. We travel to beauty spots along the Jurassic Coast to deliver our adventure activities in unbeatable locations, such as Dancing Ledge, Studland Bay and Hedbury Quarry. Our convenient location means you will have minimal travel during your stay. Most venues are only 10 – 15 minutes drive away, so you’ll have plenty of time to soak up the scenery while participating in our fun-filled activities.

  • Old Harry Rocks Jurassic Coast Dorset
    Old Harry Rocks
  • Durdle Door Jurassic Coast Dorset
    Durdle Door
  • Lulworth Cove Jurassic Coast Dorset
    Lulworth Cove
  • Dancing Ledge Jurassic Coast Dorset
    Dancing Ledge
  • Swanage Bay Jurassic Coast Dorset
    Swanage Bay

The Jurassic Coast

The area is the eastern gateway to the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site– walk along the South West Coast Path and pass the magnificent Old Harry Rocks, Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. Surrounded on three sides by sea water, coastal Purbeck boasts some of the best sea views and spectacular scenery along the whole of the south coast.

The Isle of Purbeck is bordered by the English Channel to the south and east, where steep cliffs fall to the sea, and by the marshy lands of the River Frome and Poole Harbour to the north. Its western boundary is less well defined, with some medieval sources placing it at Flower’s Barrow above Worbarrow Bay. The most southerly point is St. Aldhelm’s Head, where you can walk round The Lighthouse and further along the South West Coast Path to Dancing Ledge, Winspit and Seacombe. All of these have footpath routes back inland to both Langton Matravers, Worth Matraversand Kingston.

The other main town in Purbeck is Wareham, once a major port during the Middle Ages, but still a busy town welcoming many visitors all through the year

UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Jurassic Coast is England’s only natural World Heritage Site, which makes it the perfect destination for a Field Studies trip for primary or secondary school age children. Much of the area has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and the entire stretch of the Jurassic Coast has played an important role in scientific study for hundreds of years. Some of the most important fossil finds in the UK have been made in the Isle of Purbeck. Geologists flock to the area to investigate landforms and geomorphological features, which perfectly demonstrate earths processes that have been taking place over millions of years.

The area is home to abundance of flora and fauna as well as rare species of butterflies, reptiles and birds. The Jurassic Coast is widely considered one of the most important teaching and research sites in the world.

Jurassic Coastline in Dorset
Jurassic Coastline in Dorset

Iconic Landmarks in Dorset

Dorset is home to some of the most picturesque coast and countryside in the UK. During our residential school trips we encourage students to spend as much time outdoors as possible. The benefits of being outside and close to nature are well-founded – it can be beneficial for your mental health, bolster appreciation for the natural environment and reduce stress by unplugging from the stresses of modern day living.

Below we showcase some of our favourite beauty spots in Dorset. All are within easy reach of our Residential Centre and Tented Villages.

St Oswalds Bay and Durdle Door

Durdle Door

Durdle Door is one of the most iconic natural landmarks on the Jurassic Coast. The spectacular limestone arch was formed more than 25 million years ago, when the African Tectonic plate collided with the European plate, causing ripples which folding rocks along the Dorset coast. The ‘door’ has steadily grown in size due to erosion from the crashing waves.

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Lulworth Cove

Lulworth is a sheltered, horse shoe shaped cove, famed for its turquoise blue waters and geologically important cliffs. Many of our Field Studies groups head here to assess the landscape and learn about rock formations, including Stair Hole and Lulworth Crumple. It’s the perfect place to explore during a school or youth trip. The scenery is simply out of this world!

Aerial view of Old Harry Rocks Dorset Jurassic Coast

Old Harry Rocks

Old Harry Rocks can be found on the South West Coast Bath in between Studland Bay and Swanage. From the cliff top you can enjoy far reaching views across Swanage Bay to the Isle of Wight on a clear day. The striking chalk formation is steeped in legend, with some suggesting it was named after infamous pirate Harry Paye. Historians suggest Harry hid his ship behind the stacks, while he waited for passing merchant men.

Corfe Castle Isle of Purbeck Dorset

Corfe Castle

Standing in the heart of Purbeck is the picturesque village of Corfe with its dramatic ruins of a mediaeval Castle that commands the strategic gap in the Purbeck Ridge. Now run by the National Trust, the castle, once the most fortified in all England, was systematically destroyed after the Civil War. From this vantage point, you can enjoy stunning views across the Purbeck landscape to the sea.

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Studland Bay

Studland Bay is situated on the Purbeck coastline. It is as popular for its golden sand as it is for its fantastic views of the iconic natural landmark, Old Harry Rocks. The four mile stretch of sand and heathland boasts four idyllic beaches; Shell Bay, Knoll Beach, Middle beach and South Beach. It’s the perfect destination for watersports, outdoor adventure activities and exploring the wildlife rich dunes and woodlands.

Swanage Bay Jurassic Coast Dorset

Swanage Bay

We are proud to call Swanage our home! Swanage Bay is known for its fantastic water clarity and host of marine life. The historic and dramatic cliffs of Swanage Bay are ideal for both outdoor activities and field studies alike. The Blue Flag beach is one of the best in the country. It is flanked by miles of footpaths that make Swanage the perfect destination for walkers and cyclists looking to explore the Jurassic Coast.

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Dancing Ledge Jurassic Coast Dorset

Dancing Ledge

Dancing Ledge is a layer of flat rock that protrudes out into the sea. The stunning views and interesting history makes Dancing Ledge a key landmark on the Jurassic Coast. It used to be a popular site for Purbeck Stone quarrying, and a key route for smugglers to get on land from the sea. Today, Dancing Ledge is a popular beauty spot and the home of some of our outdoor adventure activities at Cumulus Outdoors.

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