About Lulworth Cove
One of the most striking sites on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, Lulworth Cove is world famous for its pre-historic geology and landforms. Today, it is a popular tourist spot for geologists and sunbathers alike.
History of Lulworth Cove
Lulworth Cove was formed by the sea breaking through a thin layer of hard Portland stone that runs parallel to the shoreline. Once the sea broke through, the waves allowed for the much softer clays to be eroded more quickly and thoroughly.
The area around Lulworth Cove also contains a fossil forest, the remains of an ancient submerged forest from Jurassic times. It is thought to be one of the most complete fossilised forests of any age.
19th-century fossil collector Mary Anning lived in the area, and was responsible for major discoveries of marine reptiles and other fossils at a time when the study of palaeontology was in its infancy.
Part of the 12,000 acre Lulworth Estate, Lulworth Cove has been owned and managed by the Weld family since 1641, who are responsible for its proper conservation.
Lulworth Cove today
Today, Lulworth Cove is visited by more than 500,000 people annually, 30% of whom visit during July and August. Low tide reveals stunning rock pools filled with sea creatures, while the surrounding countryside is popular with walkers. The cove can be reached along the South West Coast Path national trail.
Nearby are other famous landmarks such as Stair Hole and Durdle Door. Stair Hole was thought to be the inspiration for Enid Blyton’s mystery novel, ‘The Rubadub Mystery’. Durdle Door is a famous natural limestone arch that forms part of the Jurassic Coast.
Getting to Lulworth Cove
Lulworth Cove can be easily accessed by car, by taking the turn-off at the village of Winfrith Newburgh if coming from the west, or the turn-off at Holmebridge (just past Wareham) if coming from the east.
The X54 bus connects Lulworth Cove to Weymouth, Bovington Tank Museum and Wool train station. You can also take a taxi from Wool station direct to the Cove. Car parking is available at Lulworth Cove by the Visitor Centre.
Explore chalk giants, Iron Age hill forts and Jurassic history in the scenic county of Dorset.