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SITUATED half way between Weymouth and Bournemouth, nestled within the Purbecks, lie the villages of East and West Lulworth which include 5 miles of the most beautiful coastline in England. Lulworth Cove is a perfect horseshoe-shaped bay created by the sea hollowing out the soft clays to reach the harder chalk behind.

Another bay is forming behind Lulworth at Stair Hole and half a mile west lies the famous Durdle Door, a perfect coastal arch.

At the Lulworth Cove Heritage Centre you can find out all the fascinating facts and hidden secrets about this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. See history reveal itself as the modern rock gallery tells the story of Lulworth from 150 million years ago to the present day.

Visitors can see the amazing coastline from the sea by taking a RIB ride which departs from the Cove in summer.

Steps at the eastern end of Lulworth beach lead to a fossil forest and to Mupe Bay, with a stunning walk along the cliff top. As the footpath is within a MoD restricted area it is only open at weekends and throughout the whole of August.

Essential visiting within the Army ranges is the hauntingly atmospheric ruined village of Tyneham. This tiny village, nestling above Worbarrow Bay, was requisitioned for army training during World War II and was never returned to the villagers. It now remains as an eerie yet fascinating ruin, although the church and school have now been restored to display the village's unusual history. The Army still conducts firing exercises so access to the village and the gunnery ranges around it is restricted, the Purbeck Information Centre on 01929 552740 will have information on opening days.

Only three miles away is the picturesque village of East Lulworth, home to the stunning Lulworth Castle, which is surrounded by beautiful and extensive parkland. A great deal of the area has public access but there are also permissive walks on the private estate. Walk guides are available from the Heritage Centre and Lulworth Castle.

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16 Mar 2017
Durdle Door is one of the most photographed landmarks along the Jurassic Coast. This rock arch in the sea was formed as a result of the softer rocks being eroded away behind the hard limestones, allowing the sea to punch through them. The name Durdle is derived from an Old English word 'thirl' meaning bore or drill. Eventually the arch will collapse to leave a sea stack such as those that can be seen at Ladram Bay in East Devon. Each year more than 200.000 walkers use the ... Read more...
14 Mar 2017
Oh you do like to be beside the seaside – and while you’re here it seems many of you also like to take advantage of all the activities and sports on offer, especially those that involve getting your feet wet! A surprising number of the sailors and windsurfers you see out on the water are visitors who were introduced to their sport whilst holidaying here. Now they are hooked and regularly return to enjoy their chosen sport. Depending on how adventurous you want to ... Read more...

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