September 21, 2014

A Jewel of the Rugged Dorset Landscape

Jurassic Coastline of Lulworth

No matter what time of year you visit the beautiful county of Dorset, there’s one place that can’t be left off your list of things to do, and that’s visit Lulworth Cove.  It’s just a 50 minute drive from the Langtry Manor Hotel and you’ll enjoy some absolutely fabulous scenery along the route.

A stunning location that sits on the rugged and picturesque World Heritage Jurassic coastline, horse-shoe shaped Lulworth Cove is home to the much photographed natural rock arch, Durdle Door.  Surrounded by several expansive sandy beaches, this is the perfect location for a leisurely, if somewhat strenuous coastal walk, year-round.  Though it should be noted that the beaches to the east, Mupe Bay and Arish Mel are only open at weekends and throughout the month of August due to being located on the active Lulworth Army ranges.  Beaches to the west are Middle Beach and Durdle door which are open year-round.

Keep your eyes peeled for stunning rock formations and fossils that can be found throughout the area which date back to prehistoric times!

Quaint Lulworth village beckons visitors with delightful traditional tea rooms, ice cream parlours, restaurants and cafes.  Or perhaps take the weight off your feet as you sit on the shore at Lulworth Cove, sheltered from the coastal winds and enjoy the unending view out to sea.

For those interested in history, a visit to nearby Lulworth Castle and Park is a real treat.  Dating back to the early 17th century the Jacobean style castle, built as a hunting lodge by Thomas Howard where he entertained the King’s hunting parties.    Also on the grounds you’ll find what has been referred to be one of the finest examples of architecture in Dorset, the Chapel of St. Mary’s.  Here in 1790 the very first bishop of the USA was consecrated.

There is much to see and do in and around the Lulworth area so set your GPS from the Langtry Manor Hotel in Bournemouth to Lulworth Cove and sit back to enjoy the miles and miles of farmlands and rolling hills that’ll pass you by as you drive on out to the headland and all that puts the Great back in Britain!

About Tara

Managing Director of the Langtry Manor Hotel in Bournemouth. My interest are skiing and travel. Read more about Tara