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What Makes Lulworth’s Geology So Remarkable?

Lulworth Cove

Sedimentary Rocks

Sedimentary rocks that have been laid down over a period of 150 million years. Throughout that period the climate, and the conditions in which the rocks were formed, changed and this is reflected in the nature of the Lulworth rocks and the fossils that are found in them.

Folding

The sedimentary rocks no longer lay one on top of the other with the oldest at the bottom and the youngest on the top, but have been twisted so that the oldest rock is nearest to the sea and the youngest inland. Some of the beds have crumbled, twisted and sheared

Landforms

See how the sea, a river and the weather have eroded rocks to create stunning landforms. Some have become famous features of the coast like Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove

Explore the Coast

If you want to view Jurassic and Cretaceous rocks along with some fantastic scenery, the Lulworth Coastline offers some of the best. From west to east you can use the footpaths to walk to White Nothe, Bat’s Head, Durdle Door, Man O War, Stair Hole, Lulworth Cove, Fossil Forest* and Mupe Bay* and experience towering cliffs, arches and caves and beautiful beaches.

As you explore the Lulworth coast the rock layers progressively broaden. You will see the long narrow beach at Durdle Door and the semi-circle of Lulworth Cove.  The bands continue to widen across Purbeck, finally culminating at Swanage where the chalk ridge outcrops at Old Harry Rocks.

There are car parks available at Lulworth Cove or Durdle Door Holiday Park.

* sites within the Army Ranges – restricted access applies.

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