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Lulworth Cove has recently been placed into the World Heritage Jurassic Coastline, this will hopefully sustain and preserve the areas outstanding beauty for years to come and also act as a pull to visitors. Lulworth Cove itself is a beautiful shell shaped cove, formed over millions of years, providing a great place to relax on the beaches, swim in the cove and also dive if you are daring to the many great spots in and out of the cove. There are also numerous guided boat trips leaving from the cove showing the highlights of the area, including Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and other great coastal views! Don't forget your camera!

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      11.09.2009 06:45
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      The place for a nice relaxing afternoon in the sun with the sea splashing at your feet

      Lulworth is situated on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset, south west of Poole before Weymouth. A very popular Cove locally and can often be very busy during the Summer. You can follow the signs for Lulworth Castle from Poole, and just carry on past the castle towards the coast. The Cove is a pebble enclosed beach in a cove several hundred metres round. Beautifully calm waters, lots of friendly people, lots of noisy dogs and some watersports users will accompany you to Lulworth! A lot of the area and land around Lulworth is MOD property so be careful and don't stray off the beaten path unless you know where you're going.
      I only visited Lulworth as I visiting another local beach at Kimmeridge Bay, just up the road, highly recommended for surfing, much more beautiful and quieter, and a very good beach for fossils! I also visited Lulworth Castle while in the area which is also highly recommended.
      Back to Lulworth Cove, there is a purpose made car park for a couple of hundred cars, and overflow up a hill for several hundred more cars, when we visited the overflow was almost full as well. I thought this must be good with this many people here! Parking costs were £3 for several hours, so very reasonable. You park just at the top of the village of Lulworth, there is very limited vehicle access further down, the village wasn't made for tourists.

      There are several shops selling souvenirs (tat mostly!), an information centre with information on the Jurassic coast, and several public houses, most serving drink and food. You walk down past these from the car park to the pebble beach, the slipway leads you straight on the beach and into the middle of the cove, The entrance to the cove is dead ahead, and can't be more than 20 metres across giving tourists a great cove and beaches. You can walk all the way round both sides and also up the hills behind the beaches if you feel like exploring.

      There were lots of people relaxing on the beach, also shared with lots of dogs also enjoying themselves on the beach and in the water. A really nice relaxing afternoon, shame we hadn't really bought anything prepared for going on the beach!

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        02.07.2008 22:09
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        A fantastic place to visit

        Lulworth Cove is a fantastic day out, it's part of the English south coast in-between Weymouth & Swanage. It is part of the Jurassic Coastline, one of Britain's main tourist sites. Which also includes Durdle door & Stair Hole. Lulworth Village is located a just 10 minute walk from the cove so this isn't too isolated and it can be reached by train the bus or by car.

        Lulworth Cove is, as the name suggests a cove in a wonderfully beautiful shell shape. It has been formed by the sea slowly eroding the rocks within the cliffs, this has created a cove. The reason it has the edges which stick out, making it resemble a shell is because there was harder rock in those places which the sea hasn't been able to erode.

        This naturally occurring phenomenon has also caused other tourist attractions within a 2km of the cove, these are Durdle Door which looks literally like a door has been cut into an piece of rock which juts out into the sea and Stair Hole, which is a small cove currently the size that Lulworth Cove would have been a few hundred years ago.

        Lulworth Cove is split into three different sections. The beach is normally clear of rubbish and covered in rocks both big enough to climb over and small enough to pick up. Because it is a part of the Jurassic coastline there are also a lot of fossils, millions of years old amongst the rocks. The water itself is actually quite clear compared to most coastlines around the UK.

        The water is actually quite clear compared to most beaches in the U.K although it does contain a lot of black patches which are very thick patches of seaweed under the surface. The sea is good to swim in but not barefooted as there are still a lot of rocks under the surface so be careful.

        The third part of Lulworth Cove is actually on the other side of the hill to the cove, it consists of several sheer cliff faces which seem to drop straight down and twist at strange angles, they are very high and contain a lot of chalk which is easily visible where the cliffs have slipped out of their original alignment. This creates breathtaking views.

        The Village of Lulworth, where you have to park your car is only a ten minute walk from the cove itself. It's a very nice little village with 17th century thatched cottages, a church, a food shop, a post office and in the car park a visitors centre where you can buy all the usual tourist items, borrow wetsuits etc and buy fossils, crystals and rocks from the local area whilst finding out all about the history of the area. You can also buy fish and chips, ice cream & wine so you won't go hungry.

        There is plenty of things to do here, apart from enjoying the beautiful scenery you can also walk along the countryside paths, explore the woodland, go and see Durdle Door & Stair Hole, visit the beach and look for fossils etc, jet ski, swim or just have a picnic enjoying the views.

        I went to visit Lulworth Cove with my husband, two of our friends and their kids. It was a fantastic day out, When we first arrived parking was quite easy, not only was their free parking throughout the village but there was also a car park next to the tourist centre so there was plenty of space.

        First we went down to the cliff area and looked at the amazing view there, I really liked the patterns the rocks had made but it was a little high. We headed down to Durdle Door which only took about 20minutes to reach. To get to the door itself and the beach surrounding it we had to walk down some REALLY steep steps. I found that I had to step with my feet sideways as the steps were quite small and like miniature slops as the were so steep. Thankfully there was a handrail to hold onto although it was missing in some places. Our friends kids had to be carried down because it looked pretty dangerous. This is not suitable for disabled people or those who have a serious fear of heights. It was well worth the walk though, it's a fabulous sight.

        After making it all the way back up the steps we headed for Lulworth cove, on the way you get a fantastic view which is well worth walking slowly to enjoy. Getting down to the beach was a lot easier than getting to Durdle Door although it would still be very difficult for disabled people. The kids were a little disappointed that there was no sand but they seemed to really enjoy looking for fossils, so did I for that matter. My husband & I managed to climb up onto one of the larger rocks and you get a beautiful view of the cove from there although you can see it all from the ground as well. Please be careful if you decide to climb rocks because it can be really dangerous.

        At lunchtime we went back to the cars and got our picnic out. We found a really nice grassy area to sit and eat it in, it was great being able to eat with such a nice view, it's difficult to get a view like that in other parts of the country.

        After finishing our picnic our friends & their kids went back to the beach to paddle in the sea (wearing beach shoes) and look for more fossils whilst my husband & I went to look at the boats which were dotted around the cove, we couldn't get very close to any but it's a nice romantic spot to walk round.

        At about 3pm we all met up and went to the gift shop. I bought a few crystals there, I really like them and have quite an extensive collection already, the best part about them is that they are local and have come from the cove itself. My husband also bought some fossils which were local too. Our friends bought postcards and their kids bought some rock.

        We wandered around having a last look about before going to get an early tea of fish & chips, which was really nice and great quality, you get to eat them in a nice picnic area with picnic tables outside. It was a really enjoyable meal.

        Overall we really enjoyed our day and I would recommend it to everybody, except the disabled who may find it difficult to get around. It has stunning views and plenty to do. The perfect day out!!

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          01.09.2007 15:16
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          I WON,T GO TO LULWORTH AGAIN !

          hi
          just got back from lulworth cove ,
          won,t be going back !
          as a disabled driver i was treated like a second class citizen,
          there were only ten disabled bays all full, four of which were taken by cars without a blue badge
          i was told i had to park at the far end of the car park ,when i pointed to empty spaces closer to the cove i was told i could not use them as they were for motorbikes yet they were empty ! so if your disabled don,t go to lulworth
          un less you can ride a motor bike .

          Yours R D Fraser

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            26.06.2006 21:06
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            Lush views brilliant beaches and fitness included

            Lulworth cove is situated on the south coast of England in Western Europe. Lulworth is located on the Jurassic coast and is just over ten miles from Weymouth. The isle of Purbeck is not an island but a peninsula.

            Lulworth Cove is known for its beauty and heritage. With Durdle door, stair hole and the man O war rocks all within a 2km walk away, it certainly is a place of beauty and tranquillity. I have been here twice; once on my duke of Edinburgh expedition with this area being my final destination, so that we could go and explore the area and another trip a few weeks back, and I found his trip the most exciting where I could kick back and relax.

            Lulworth Cove has occurred in the area due to the types of rocks, and where they are in the Lulworth Cove area. The Wealden rocks, the softest of them all, has made the cove rounder in the edges. The Lulworth crumple has occurred over many millions of years, and this area is a fossil beach because it is thought to be believed that dinosaurs were on this part of land. There is a heritage centre in the village of Lulworth where you can find out the history of the area, and buy any fossils or shells. It’s a lovely walk around, and you get to find out all you need to know about Lulworth cove.

            Durdle Door is an arch made of Portland rock. There is a lovely shingle beach just behind it to lay your towels down and sunbathe on. Durdle door is a 2km walk up and down a hill or steps from Lulworth cove, and if you feel adventurous, you can do a nine mile walk from Lulworth Cove to Weymouth if you are a serious walker, all along the heritage coastal path. Just like Durdle door, the man o war rocks are 2km away as well, just down the other side of the steps of Durdle door. The man o war rocks have a cave and a sandy beach if you feel like laying or playing volleyball on softer sand. The sea is a lovely turquoise colour on this beach.

            Lulworth Cove is a pebble beach with lots of rocks if you fancy climbing over them (like I did) but I recommend you do this with extreme care. Lulworth cove have many boats inside, for fishermen, or for own pleasure.

            In the village, you can buy fresh fish if you are staying in the area and fancy cooking your own meal. Back in the neatly presented car park, there is the heritage centre and a building of tourist shops next to it. One of these shops is where you can hire jet skis or boats or wetsuits for the day. We never got the chance to do this but it does sound fun. There is also a fish and chip shop, an ice cream parlour, a wine shop and one other tourist shop. Although both the heritage centre and the small shopping building are modern, they fit in well with the rest of the village by having a design of an older building.

            The whole village is small, with small cafes, huts selling souvenirs, small shops selling crystals, shells, pebbles, postcards, rock; anything you could want in a souvenir shop. There is also a lovely looking hotel with vines running up all around the outside of the building. It looks so good that I actually wished I could have stayed the night and done more walking the next morning.

            Overall, this is a brilliant day trip or a weekend stay, especially in the height of summer, when the weather is at its best. The area is attractive and old looking from the top of the hill on the way to Durdle Door, and the views you get are breathtaking. They are truly superb and gorgeous. The best thing about this area is the breathtaking scenery and views you see. You can take the whole family, let the kids paddle in the sea while you can get a tan, and then have a picnic or takeaway meal from the village. Or, you can get fit by walking to Durdle Door and Man O war rocks, and then just chill out, relax and sunbathe for the rest of the time. I give this area a ten out of ten for just being fab!

            Accommodation

            Lulworth cove hotel:
            Main Road
            Lulworth Cove
            Dorset
            BH20 5RQ
            Tel: 01929 400333

            Lulworth Beach Hotel
            Main Road
            West Lulworth
            Dorset
            BH20 5RQ
            Tel: 01929 400404

            How to get there

            You can catch a train to Bournemouth or Weymouth and change there, then get the next train to wool. From wool, catch a bus to Lulworth cove. You can check timings and prices online at south west trains and see how many changes you have to take.

            Or alternatively, you can travel by car and in that case, I advise you use this website to give you directions of how to get there;
            www.Multimap.co.uk

            For more information on Lulworth cove, go to;
            http://www.visitingdorset.co.uk/lulworthcove

            Thanks for reading

            Angiexxx copyright 2006

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