As well as outstanding walking, the Jurassic coastline around Lulworth Cove has many fine beaches. To the west are Middle Beach and the world famous geological wonder, Durdle Door. With its massive rock arch, just a short walk along the coast path from Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door is it absolutely stunning and its sloping beach is ideal sunbathing, swimming or snorkelling.
The eastern beaches of Mupe Bay and Arish Mell lie below land owned by the military, but they are open to the public when not in use by the army. Check opening times before accessing these beaches.
Situated just a couple of miles inland from the cove, Lulworth Castle is a 17th century mock medieval castle. Having been gutted by fire in 1929 it was derelict for many years, but has since been completely renovated and is well worth a visit.
Another famous Dorest landmark, Corfe Castle, is about 30 minutes drive from Lulworth. The famous ruins, standing guard over a natural gap in the Pubeck Hills, are now maintianed by the National Trust.
For a leisurely trip through the glorious Purbeck countryside visit the Swanage Railway.
Steam hauled trains run throughout the year on this lovingly restored branch line or take a trip to the bustling seaside resort of Weymouth with its fine Regency buildings, popular beach and busy harbour.
From Poole, about 40 minutes drive from Lulworth, you can take a boat trip to Brownsea Island. Now a nature reserve managed by the National Trust, Brownsea is home to a colony of rare red squirrels and was the location of the world’s first scount camp in 1907.
For history lovers there is Kingston Lacy, a fine country house and estate dating from 1665, Athelhampton House and Gardens. This Turdor building dates from 1485 and is surrounded by stunning formal gardens built between 1891 and 1899.
Then of course there is Hardy’s Cottage. No trip to Dorset would be comlete without a visit to the home of, posibly, the county’s most famous resident Thomas Hardy. His birthpalce near Dorchester is about 30 minutes drive from Lulworth.