Famous shell shaped cove with an array of small shops and eateries.
Lulworth Cove is a stunning natural cove located next to the village of West Lulworth in Purbeck. It has formed by the sea breaking through a comparatively thin layer of hard Portland Stone that runs parallel to the shoreline. It is one of the world’s finest examples of this type of formation. As such it is a very popular destination attracting up to half a million visitors each year.
A large number of students visit the area on geology and geography field trips. They study the great examples of the rock and cliff formations. At Stair Hole which is just a few hundred yards from the Cove you can see fantastic views of rock layers which have been pushed up and folded by earth forces.
There is a large car park at the top of a gently sloping road which leads down to the beach. Along the road there are a number of attractive shops, pubs and ice cream stalls to tempt you. There is also a very educational visitors centre which is located next to the car park. It has some brilliant displays showing how the area has altered throughout recent geological periods.
Down on the beach itself you can walk right the way around the cove and explore the rock pools which are revealed at low tide. On a sunny day the bright white pebbles and turquoise water give the beach a Mediterranean feel.
The Cove is still used by working fishermen. The natural shape of Lulworth Cove provides excellent shelter for the small fishing boats which are moored here. If you have a small inflatable boat or a kayak, it is generally very safe to use in the Cove. The beach is also dog friendly all year so your whole family can enjoy a day out here.