The twin villages of East and West Lulworth on the Isle of Purbeck are both picturesque. East Lulworth is home to the imposing Lulworth Castle, whilst West Lulworth is a traditional fishing village and the gateway to Lulworth Cove.

This round bay in East Dorset looks almost too good to be true; encircled by steep green cliffs and fringed by white beaches; the water is often a tropical blue-green and just invites paddling or swimming. A heritage centre by the cove will give you an interesting insight into the geology of the area, or you can book activities like coasteering, kayaking or snorkelling to get a very different view of the coast and its undersea life.

You can follow the Southwest Coast Path through glorious scenery to several interesting formations nearby, including Durdle Door, Bat’s Head, Man’o’War Bay and Stair Hole, showing the crumpled rock strata typical of the area; and peer over the fence to the fossil forest, now sadly out of bounds following coastal erosion. A bit further afield, the abandoned Tyneham Village is a fascinating relic of wartime life, open at weekends. (If you visit the cove in peak season, get there early as parking and congestion can be a problem!)
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