Lulworth Cove on the Jurassic Coast

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Lulworth Cove © Nilfanion/cc-by-sa-4.0

Lulworth Cove © Nilfanion/cc-by-sa-4.0

Lulworth Cove is a cove near the village of West Lulworth, on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset, southern England. The cove is one of the world’s finest examples of such a landform, and is a World Heritage Site and tourist location with approximately 500,000 visitors every year, of whom about 30 per cent visit in July and August. It is close to the rock arch of Durdle Door and other Jurassic Coast sites.

As well as the cove, across Hambury Tout (the large chalk hill to the west) is Durdle Door, a natural arch. To the east there is a fossilised forest. Lulworth is also close to Kimmeridge, famous for its rocky shore and fossils. Geologists and geographers have been interested in the area since the beginning of the 19th century, and in the 1830s the first serious study of the area took place. Since then the area has drawn students from all over the world.

The area suffers from trampling from its many visitors. Wooden steps, fences and steps have been put in place to limit this surface damage. Each year over 250,000 people walk across the hill linking the cove to Durdle Door.

Cliffs at entrance to Lulworth Cove © geograph.org.uk - Nick Mutton/cc-by-sa-2.0 Cromwell House Hotel © geograph.org.uk - Colin Smith/cc-by-sa-2.0 Lulworth Cove © Balon Greyjoy Finley's Ice Cream Parlour © geograph.org.uk - Andy Potter/cc-by-sa-2.0 Lulworth Cove © Nilfanion/cc-by-sa-4.0 Lulworth Cove © Paste Lulworth Cove © geograph.org.uk - Nick Mutton/cc-by-sa-2.0
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Cliffs at entrance to Lulworth Cove © geograph.org.uk - Nick Mutton/cc-by-sa-2.0
In 2001 the coast was granted World Heritage Site status by UNESCO. Experts at UNESCO have been working on preserving the shape of Lulworth Cove. Lulworth was one of a number of gateway villages on the coast with a Heritage Centre—part visitor centre, tourist information and natural history museum; in 2002 the last received 418,595 visitors.

The coast and land to the north and around the village is privately owned and managed by the Lulworth Estate. Land to the east, including Tyneham, is owned by the Ministry of Defence and used for tank training; it is open only at weekends and holidays.

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