Lulworth

The area of Lulworth consists of the small hamlet of East Lulworth and the village of West Lulworth.

East Lulworth

East Lulworth is a small hamlet approximately 11 miles west of Swanage and 5 miles south west of Wareham.  East Lulworth consists mainly of old thatched cottages and a village pub, the Weld Arms.  The hamlet is home to the Weld family who have lived in Lulworth Castle since 1641.  Lulworth Castle is a part of the Lulworth Estate which covers five miles of the Jurassic Coast including Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door.  A short distance from the Castle is the small parish church of St. Andrew.  The church was originally at the centre of the village until the 18th Century when the houses were demolished and moved outside of the Castle grounds.

Getting There

You can visit East Lulworth by road from Wareham on the A352 turning off at the Holmebridge junction onto the B3070 or from Wool on the B3071 turning onto the B3070.

The nearest railway station is at Wareham.

There is not a regular bus service to East or West Lulworth.

West Lulworth

West Lulworth is a picturesque village on the western edge of the Isle of Purbeck approximately 12 miles west of Swanage.  The village is made up of many old thatched cottages built with Purbeck stone and The Castle Inn village pub dates back to the 16th Century.  West Lulworth is around half a mile inland from Lulworth Cove and is a popular tourist destination. 

Lulworth Cove is a part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site and was formed over thousands of years by erosion from the sea, a process which also created the neighbouring limestone arch of Durdle Door.  The cove is visited by approximately half a million visitors a year and car parking is available 200 metres from the beach where you will also find a visitors centre and natural history museum.

A footpath on the western side of the cove will take you across the hill to Durdle Door.  The footpath to the east of the cove takes you up to a fossil forest and Mupe Bay.  The eastern footpath goes across an MOD restricted area and is only open on weekends and during August.

Getting There

You can visit West Lulworth by road from Wareham on the A352 turning off at the Holmebridge junction onto the B3070 and then right onto the B3071 or from Wool on the B3071.

The nearest railway station is at Wareham.

Durdle Door

Durdle Door is a natural limestone arch on the Dorset coast near Lulworth.  It is a part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site and is a popular attraction for visitors to the Isle of Purbeck.  The arch is made from Portland limestone and was formed by the sea eroding the surrounding chalk cliffs over thousands of years.  Durdle Door and the surrounding countryside is owned by the Weld Estate and can be accessed along a coastal footpath from Lulworth Cove.