Lulworth Cove

Beach facilities

View map of beach Parking available Toilets available South West Coast Path SSSI Dog friendly Beach cleaned regularly Good water quality for swimming

Season: spring

Lulworth Cove was bathed in morning sunlight for my spring re-visit.  This is a stunning location, a geological timepiece, with rocks that span in age from 65 million to 165 million years.  The five miles either side of here are sometimes described as jewels in the Jurassic coastline, well worth a visit at any time of year and connected by a cliff top path, which is part of the South West Coast Path.  The wet winter had taken its toll, with increased landslips all along the coast, so care is needed when planning a walk just now.

Spring visit photo gallery


Ray’s affection for this stretch of coastline.

Dorset Cottages


Looking across Lulworth Cove, in the morning light.

Season: autumn

Lulworth Cove was formed about 10,000 years ago by the combined power of a river and the sea.  The narrow Portland Stone entrance leads to softer Purbeck, Wealden, Greensand and Chalk ground behind, that’s still being eroded.  Lulworth Cove is a pebble beach and by virtue of its natural protection is very sheltered.  The steps at the eastern end of the beach lead to Fossil Forest and Mupe Bay, with a stunning walk along the cliff top. The footpath is within the MoD Restricted Area and is only open at weekends and for the whole of August.  There’s a café on the beach and toilet facilities are nearby. In summer, you can take a boat from the beach to Durdle Door or Mupe Bay, giving a great view of the spectacular coastline.

Autumn visit photo gallery


Catherine and Rees, linked through family and a sense of place.


Looking back to the village, from the side of Lulworth Cove.

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