Two days ago I shared a the first post on our visit to the Jurassic Coast at Durdle Door
in Dorset. Having planned on spending a weekend in Dorset the next day we moved from Durdle to Lulworth Cove. Lulworth Cove is a shingle beach with amazing views out on the Purbeck Isles. Perfect for a swim. As the English Summer was in full swing over the weekend, it was time to get out there and be active. From Lulworth Cove you can hire Kayaks, they also have tours on kayaks, we opted for Rib Ride on the bay. Even better start to the day was having a chilled out breakfast in the Boat Shed Cafe that comes with views of the cove.
While on the Rib Ride we also managed to get close to Durdle Door, you get to see the back of the rock face arch while riding on the coast. With the Rio Olympics happening at the time we also had swimmers training on the coast, which I guess may have inspired the swim or they could be future Olympians in training. You can spot some of the heads sticking out of the water in the images below.
Lulworth Cove Parking
Lulworth Cove gets busy with parking so I would suggest getting there before 11am as the car park fills up quickly and the single road leading up to the Cove develops a queue. While here you can also take to the walking trails for some hiking.
Lulworth Cove Hotels and Accommodation Options
Where to Stay:
We camped at the YHA in Lulworth Cove.
You can also book dorms and have a room all to yourself. There are cute Lulworth Cove Inns, luxury B&Bs, hostels and Guesthouses, in addition to pub restaurants with accommodation like Lulworth Cove Inn nearby. Just bear in mind that they sell out very quickly so you will have to book well in advance. There is also caravan park in the holiday park right next to Durdle Door which is a fantastic location but sells out quickly as well. On this occasion we chose to camp on the YHA ground, so brought our own camping gear. The YHA does have showers, a kitchen and dining where you can make and store your food, especially if staying the area for a few days. Lulworth Cove hotels tend to sell out pretty quickly especially in the busy periods. Check out listings for Lulworth Cove hotels
and West Lulworth hotels
Lulworth to Durdle Door
While we drove from Durdle Door to Lulworth Cove, you can also do your journey the other way around and do Lulworth Cove to Durdle. Both by walking or driving. Our drive from Durdle Door to Lulworth Cove was maybe 10-20 minutes. There is a walking trail from Durdle Door that leads you all the way to Lulworth Cove. These are clearly marked and are popular with people so you will not get lots. For more on the trails also check out the link above on my post covering Durdle Door and the beautiful scenery on the walks.