West Lulworth Travel Guide

  • West Lulworth
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  • Things to Do
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West Lulworth Things to Do

  • up, up and to Durdle!

    Whichever you slice or dice it, it is a steep, old climb to get up to the top...The views are spectacular.

  • cream teas and tat!

    On the walk down to the cove there are plenty of little shops selling cream teas, ince-creams and assorted things... it's a pretty little walk down... and you SHOULD have a cream tea which is a pot of tea and sonces with clotted cream and jam. This is THE taste of Dorset, Devon and Cornwall and no trip here could be complete without!I don;t like...

  • Fossils

    This the gateway to the Jurassic Coast (UNESCO SINCE 2001). The sea is naturally corroding the coastline but the multitudes of visitors also are. Wooden staircases etc... have been put in to try to alleviate some of the tourist-wear and tear...The cove is a perfect shape with a narrow opening. The best thing to do here is to look for fossils.

  • Lulworth Cove

    The cove itself is yet another major sight here and we walked to it from Durdle Door (see tip) and got a great overview of its horseshoe shape. To be ctd.

  • Durdle Door

    Durdle Door was our main reason for coming to Lulworth and we were not disappointed. The famous rock formation is simply one of the best natural sights I have seen in England, and I have seen quite a few. To be ctd.

  • Walk to Stair Hole

    From behind the beach at Lulworth you can take a short cliff walk to nearby Stair Hole, which I would highly recommend if you like cliff scenery and are interested in seeing another demonstration of the dramatic geology of the coastline here. At Stair Hole another bay is in the process of being formed. A breach has been made in weak points in the...

  • Explore Lulworth Cove village

    The main attraction here are naturally the beach and the cliff walks, but don’t neglect the village totally. In addition to the Doll’s House which I’ve described in a separate tip, there are a number of pretty cottages along the main street to distract all you photographers, a classic English duck pond (which bizarrely I don’t seem to have...

  • The Dolls’ House

    As you stroll down the main street in Lulworth Cove, look to your right to see this tiny house. Once home to a local fishing family, it now sells sweets and ice cream, but you can step inside to see what life was like in Lulworth years ago. One room is still set out as the Victorian kitchen of the cottage, and display boards describe life in the...

  • The Fossil Forest

    Unfortunately we were at Lulworth Cove on a Thursday, as army firing practice prevents access to certain parts other than at weekends. This meant we were unable to visit the “Fossil Forest”, although I remember seeing it many years ago when holidaying in this area as a child. Nevertheless I’m including a tip about it as it really is worth seeing if...


West Lulworth Hotels

  • The Beach Hotel

    Wareham, West Lulworth, BH20 5RQ, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Couples

West Lulworth Restaurants

  • Views of the cove

    Sit down for a cup of tea at the beach café and enjoy the views across the cove and study people walking on the beach itself below you...

  • Delicious ice cream

    There are several places in Lulworth Cove where you can buy locally-made ice cream. We chose the Dolls' House because there was a table with seats available in the sun in its small but pretty garden, and because we couldn’t resist the appeal of its resident cat (see photo 2 if you too are a cat lover)! But the ice cream turned out to be just as...

  • Pub lunch

    We had a very pleasant lunch in the garden of this pub. Both the garden and the pub itself are large, with plenty of room for the many visitors who flock here. There was a good selection of local beers on offer, including an organic one made with nettles which I would have tried had we not been driving.Chris chose a tuna mayonnaise sandwich, which...


West Lulworth Transportation

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    by toonsarah Written Jul 14, 2008

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    You can get to Lulworth Cove by public transport (buses from Weymouth, Wool, Wareham and Swanage); however we arrived by car. The B3071 leads through the village of West Lulworth and on to Lulworth Cove beyond. Visitors are not allowed to drive right into the village but instead are asked to park in a large car park just at the top of the main street. The charges when we were there in summer 2008 were £2.50 for two hours, £4.00 for four hours and £5.00 for any longer than this.

    When you buy your parking ticket (which you must display in the front of your car) you are also given a voucher which you can exchange at the nearby Heritage Centre for the leaflet “A Guide to Lulworth”. This tells you quite a lot about the history of the area, the wildlife and geology. It also explains that your car-parking fee is helping to maintain footpaths, toilets, various environmental programmes and more besides. When you add in the fact that you can use the same car park ticket at nearby Durdle Door, it makes the fee seem reasonable value. Incidentally, I didn’t spot any signs about the Durdle Door car park being included, so it was lucky we’d paid for a long enough time period to cover our visit there too. I suggest you do the same if you plan to visit both places.

    View of Lulworth Cove from the cliffs

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West Lulworth Warnings and Dangers

  • Steep paths and steps

    Walking on the cliffs here is generally not suitable for anyone who cannot tackle steps and steep paths, e.g. wheelchair users and those who find climbing difficult. My main photo shows the steps that lead down to Durdle Door beach, and photo 2 the view down into Man of War Bay from part way down the steps there. Moreover, the steps can be very...

  • Stay on the paths

    As you walk the various cliff paths at Lulworth and the surrounding area, you will see many signs like the one in this photo. Please, do as they say and stay on the paths, as the cliffs here are unstable and crumbling in places. When we were there it was very windy and therefore even more important to stay well back from the edge as the sudden...

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West Lulworth Off The Beaten Path

  • Man of War Bay

    Just east of Durdle Door is the beautiful Man of War Bay (also sometimes written “Man O War”) – another of my favourite spots. Here you can see clearly how the hard Portland Stone barrier has been almost completely worn away by the sea over eons of time, leaving these jagged rocks guarding the bay. This line of reefs comes ashore at the west end of...

  • Durdle Door

    A few miles west of Lulworth Cove are the twin bays of Man of War (see separate tip) and Durdle Door. The latter was my favourite of the places we visited around Lulworth, and is a perfect example of a coastal arch. The rocks here have been tilted so they are almost vertical, and the arch formed as a result of the softer rocks being eroded away...

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West Lulworth Sports & Outdoors

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    by Sjalen Written Aug 4, 2010

    Dorset has a coast path, and even the non fit can cope with the stunning walk between Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove. It is uphill whichever way you pick, but we were recommended to start at Durdle Door for the easiest option nevertheless and this it probably was, looking back at it. You walk along a clearly signposted and well defined path (towards Lulworth it is even paved with stone slabs to take you down hill easier) and have seaviews all along. It is not a very long walk either but just enough to make you feel you deserve a pint in Lulworth, hehe.

    Equipment: Good shoes and possibly some water. This is such a short and well defined path that a map is not needed.

    The path back to Durdle Door
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    • Photography
    • Beaches
    • Hiking and Walking

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West Lulworth Favorites

  • Pretty cottages

    Even bigger houses look nice in Lulworth and I'm quite sure that life in a council house is less hopeless here than in Hackney, London. Inland, West Lulworth is quaint to the extreme with thatched roofs on many houses, little bends in the road revealing photo opportunities and well, let's just say I wished I would have had more time to explore this...

  • Geology

    The Lulworth Coast is part of the Dorset and East Devon World Heritage Site known as the “Jurassic Coast", although in fact the rocks that are exposed here date from the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous time periods. There are 185 million years of the earth's history in just 95 miles of coastline, which explains why this coastline is considered...

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