Weekend Trip from London to Lulworth Cove
Part of the World Heritage coastline of Dorset, Lulworth Cove is one of the top tourist attractions in the area. With over 500,000 visitors each year, it is easy to see why this idyllic spot is so popular. Formed by swollen rivers at the end of The Ice Age and years of impact from forceful seas, the horse-shoe shaped cove is admired by geography enthusiasts and nature lovers. You can enjoy stunning scenery on cliff top walks and shake off pressures of the city with a stroll along the pebbled beaches. It is not only humans that love spending time on the cove, there is an array of wildlife to be found around the cove, including Lulworth‘s very own butterfly; The Lulworth Skipper.
The landscape around the cove is constantly changing, with the soft chalk at the back of the cove developing to take on various forms as a result of weathering. Further down the coast, Durdle Door is a must see geological wonder, with its beautiful arch sitting impressively on the Jurassic coastline. The ruins of Corfe Castle will provide endless photo opportunities and a visit to Lulworth Heritage will give you insight into how the coastline in the area was formed. The rangers at the centre will give you advice on the best walks, to get the most out of your visit. A full weekend can be enjoyed by bathing in the waters of Mupe Bay, enjoying an ice cream from Finley’s and heading to nearby Kingston for great food and amazing views at The Scott’s Arms. Cider fans will revel in the permanent cider festival, in the family and dog friendly Castle Inn.
July and August are peak times of the year for visits, due to school holidays and higher temperatures. However, a visit to Lulworth will impress you any time of the year. It may be a more enjoyable break out of season, if you are looking for a peaceful break away from London. Lulworth Castle is home to the family friendly Camp Bestival, in early August, and October sees the popular Purbeck Film Festival in nearby Wareham; the largest rural festival of its kind. Best part of the place is that it is open all year and you can plan a trip as per your convenience.
How to Reach
The easiest way to reach Lulworth from London is to take the direct train to Wool station (from Waterloo), then take a short taxi ride to your accommodation. If you prefer travel by car, your drive should take around 2.5 hours and will be signposted from the A352 in Dorchester.
Where to Stay
If you are looking for a romantic country stay, Limestone Hotel is an impressive choice but if you like your hotels to be on the quirkier side, a stay at Lulworth Cove Inn offers a relaxed beach style setting. There is an abundance of B+B’s throughout the area to suit all budgets, with The Bishops being our top choice for affordable luxury. Durdle Door Holiday Park is a good option for those wanting a camping break.
If you choose to spend time at Lulworth Cove, you are sure to be wooed by natural beauty and are likely to return again and again to this UNESCO designated England’s first natural World Heritage Site.