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Lulworth Cove – a guide for visiting this area in 2023

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We're spoilt for choice when it comes to bays and beaches here in the UK, so to describe one as the best of the bunch is a big statement. But we truly believe that Lulworth Cove is up there. Even if Durdle Door up the road seems to get a bit more attention, definitely make time in your diary for a trip to Lulworth Cove. We wanted to publish a guide about visiting Lulworth Cove in 2023 for anyone planning to visit, with tips and up to date information. Let's get into it:

Where is Lulworth Cove?

We should start by specifying where Lulworth Cove actually is - it's in Dorset, near the village of West Lulworth. The cove forms part of the Jurassic Coast, a 95-mile stretch of coastline which is a World Heritage Site and which is one of the richest sites for prehistoric remains in the world.

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What is there to see at Lulworth Cove?

Aside from just exploring the area for yourself and admiring the views, there are a few specific things that you might want to check out when you visit Lulworth Cove. Here are some highlights:

Lulworth Crumple

You might not be familiar with what a "Crumple" actually is, and that's understandable. But we'd highly recommend taking time to admire Lulworth Crumple during your visit to Lulworth Cove, as it is a fascinating geographical feature which almost looks like a piece of art. Formed by tectonic upheavals, this area of the cove gets its name because the way that the rock has folded over itself makes it look like a crumpled piece of paper. There is a viewpoint across from the Crumple which is the best place to view it from and which also includes a useful information panel explaining the formation.
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Stair Hole

Another interesting geographical feature just to the West of Lulworth Cove is Stair Hole, a smaller cove which is slowly being transformed by erosion. Stair Hole is a fascinating mixture of 3 different types of rocks and shapes, and features that have been formed by sea erosion here include a blow hole, coves, arches, stacks, and stumps. The area is restricted by ropes as some people were getting dangerously close to the edge previously, but honestly, we think that you need to stand a little bit away really appreciate the beauty of Stair Hole.

 

Whisper it, but some people say that Stair Hole is actually much nicer (and quieter) than Durdle Door, which is where everyone tends to flock!
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Visitor Centre

With all of the natural beauty of the surrounding area, it might sound a little dull to head to a visitor centre. But we really feel that Lulworth Cove Visitor Centre is a rare example of a visitor centre for an attraction being well worth a visit. You'll find much more here than just boring information panels - films, animations, and more all help you to get an idea of how this natural wonder was formed. It's totally free to enter, although there is a gift shop which might tempt you to take a souvenir home. It's open every day apart from Christmas between 10am and 5pm. We'd also say that the staff here are very friendly and knowledgeable, and the Lulworth Rangers who are based here can be hired for group excursions.

 

You'll also find plenty of information here about Durdle Door up the road, making the visitor centre the ideal stop before heading there.
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How do you get to Lulworth Cove?

If you're travelling by SATNAV then you'll want to set your postcode to BH20 5RQ, as that'll get you to Lulworth Cove. The area is pretty well signposted as you approach West Lulworth.

What should you be aware of before visiting Lulworth Cove?

If you're a wheelchair user then you'll be pleased to hear that most of Lulworth Cove and the surrounding area (including the visitor centre) is accessible, and the road from the car park to the cove is easy to move across and shouldn't take much more than 5 minutes to get down. However, the beach itself is mostly pebbles and won't be easy for a wheelchair to cross. The beach area is dog friendly so if you've got your dogs with you then they can come for a look too. The car park is large and will cost a minimum of £5 per visit (even if you're staying for 30 minutes, although we'd recommend staying for longer).
Hopefully, this guide has inspired you to visit this amazing area. If you're interested in visiting similar seaside locations, check out our guide to Bantham Beach and our guide to the best things to do in Devon.

Finn is the editor of You Well and has been writing about travel, health, and more for over 10 years.

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