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Lulworth Cove

Antara Bate

10 Jun 2021
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About Lulworth Cove

Lulworth Cove is a beautiful secluded pocket of the Jurassic Coast that was created during the collision of continents and the birth of the Alps. The area boasts great walking trails, a visitor centre and a pebble beach with blue waters. It is England’s first and only Natural World Heritage Site

Lulworth Cove history

Around 25 million years ago the African tectonic plate collided with the European plate. The huge pressures generated heaved and folded rocks to create the mountain chain we know as the Alps. Ripples from that collision spread north through the Earth’s crust and gently folded the rocks here, in what would become Purbeck.

Lulworth Cove and neighbouring Durdle Door lie in the heart of one of these folds, where the rock layers have been tilted steeply. As the sea broke through the hard limestone it washed away the softer rocks behind creating the arch, the cove and the beautiful coastline where Lulworth Cove is found.

Lulworth Cove is part of the 12,000 acre Lulworth Estate, which has been owned and managed by the Weld family since 1641. The Lulworth Rangers operate out of the Lulworth Cove Visitor Centre and are responsible for conservation and visitor management across the estate. The village of West Lulworth sits immediately alongside the Cove.

Lulworth Cove today

Lulworth Cove sees thousands of visitors each year who come to enjoy the panoramic views and crystal clear waters on this stretch of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. From rock-pooling and watersports to walking, coasteering or just relaxing there is plenty to attract people to the site. At the Lulworth Cove Visitor Centre, visitors can learn about the Cove and Durdle Door, two of the most iconic geological features on the Jurassic Coast.

The coast around Lulworth is a fantastic place to see blow holes, caves, arches and coves. Lulworth Cove is just a short walk away from other famous landmarks along the coast such as Stair Hole and Durdle Door. Stair Hole is supposedly the inspiration for the location of Enid Blyton’s book ‘The Rubadub Mystery’.

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 directly to the Cove.