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Breathtaking scenery, crystal clear waters and world-famous geology – it’s no wonder that Lulworth Cove is top of many people’s bucket list.

Lulworth Cove and its surrounding coastline are part of the iconic Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. Popular amongst walkers, adventure enthusiasts and fossil hunters alike, a trip to Lulworth Cove will reward you with fascinating geology, breathtaking coastline and panoramic views like no other.

Keep reading to discover everything you need to know about visiting Lulworth Cove…


Where is Lulworth Cove?

View of Lulworth Cove and the Jurassic Coast

Lulworth Cove is located near the charming village of West Lulworth, Dorset. The cove forms part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, just 9 miles from the popular seaside town of Weymouth. Parking is available at Lulworth Cove Visitor Centre, making this dramatic landmark easily accessible by car.


How Was Lulworth Cove Formed?

Geology of Lulworth Cove, rock formation of a cove

Lulworth Cove is almost completely enclosed apart from its narrow entrance, creating a small, but perfectly formed natural harbour. The impressive scallop-shaped cove was formed around 10,000 years ago, through the power of water.

The cove was formed by the sea breaking through a layer of Portland Stone parallel to the shoreline. Powerful waves then continued to break the softer clays, in a semi-circle pattern, creating the cove which is seen today. Due to its incredible landforms and five types of rock, Lulworth is considered to be one of the best places in the UK to study geology!


Things To Do Near Lulworth Cove

Man kayaking by rock formations near Lulworth Cove

Watersports

If geology isn’t your thing, then don’t worry – there’s still plenty to see and do at Lulworth Cove. Enjoy stunning views of the Jurassic Coast as you kayak from Lulworth Cove to Durdle Door or explore the underwater world of Lulworth Cove with a spot of snorkelling. If you’re looking for something a little less energetic then simply sit back, relax and soak up the magnificent views!

Lulworth Village

West Lulworth village, is just half a mile north of the cove and is well worth a visit. The village is one of Dorset’s most charming locations, home to quaint cafes, rustic pubs and independent shops. Known as the gateway to the Jurassic Coast, West Lulworth is a traditional Dorset fishing village and popular tourist destination. Other nearby attractions include Lulworth Castle, the abandoned village of Tyneham and the iconic Durdle Door.

Durdle Door

Whilst you’re in the area, a visit to Durdle Door is a must. Durdle Door is the iconic, world-famous stone arch, located just along the coastline from Lulworth Cove. Dorset’s most photographed landmark was formed from merged bays and shows how Lulworth Cove may look in several thousand years time.

Durdle Door is a must-see for everyone visiting The Jurassic Coast. Enjoy some rock-pooling with the whole family, take part in coasteering or just relax and enjoy the breathtaking views from Durdle Door’s Beach. To find out more about the area, check out our fascinating facts about The Jurassic Coast.


Lulworth Cove Walks

The rock formation of Durdle Door

Lulworth Cove to Durdle Door

Situated along the Jurassic Coast, a trip to Lulworth Cove wouldn’t be complete without a coastal hike. The short walk from Lulworth Cove to Durdle Door is one of our favourites, capturing the Jurassic Coast in all its glory. The 1-hour return trip explores some of the finest scenery in the country, including towering limestone cliffs, natural arches and picture-perfect beaches.

Lulworth Cove to Worth Matravers

For a more challenging hike, take on the 14-mile walk from Lulworth Cove to Worth Matravers. This isolated stretch of the South West Coast Path offers spectacular views of sweeping bays, rugged cliffs and colourful wildflowers. The path can be challenging in places as it undulates along the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, with some steep sections – but the staggering views make it all worthwhile!


Lulworth Cove Restaurants

Lulworth Cove Inn with customers outside

If you’re looking to quench your thirst or refuel after a coastal walk, then you’re in luck – Lulworth Cove is blessed with cosy pubs, contemporary restaurants and coastal cafes aplenty. Here are some of our top picks;

Lulworth Lodge Bistro

Built on the site of Lulworth’s original watermill, Lulworth Lodge Bistro provides a light lunch menu and seasonally changing evening menu. Drop by for a seafood sandwich or cream tea and soak up your surroundings whilst dining on their pleasant terrace.

Lulworth Cove Inn Restaurant

The family-friendly Lulworth Cove Inn provides quality English pub grub and an impressive selection of beers, ales, lagers and ciders. With a beautiful terrace, warming wood burners and a friendly atmosphere, this restaurant can be enjoyed equally in both summer and winter.

The Weld Arms

Enjoy a delicious meal at The Weld Arms, an immaculately restored thatched inn. This popular restaurant is located at the foot of Lulworth Castle and is the perfect place for a cosy family meal after exploring the mighty Jurassic Coast.

The Boat Shed Cafe

Sample the delights of a homemade cake or cream tea at The Boat Shed Cafe. Dogs are welcome to this nautically themed cafe where you can enjoy an alfresco drink or tasty light meal surrounded by uninterrupted views of the Jurassic Coast.

The Coffee Bar

Cool off with a delicious smoothie at The Coffee Bar! Located within The Visitor Centre, The Coffee Bar is known for its delicious coffee, cakes and soft drinks.


Lulworth Cove Holiday Cottages

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay during your Lulworth Cove adventure, check out our fantastic range of West Lulworth Cottages and enjoy a getaway to one of the most picturesque coastlines in the UK.


Image Credits: John Thorne, Andrew, Andrew Bone (CC BY 2.0)