Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove

Stunning scenery, fascinating geology, and superb (but challenging in places) walking and the rare Lulworth skipper


Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove: home of the Lulworth skipper - Stunning scenery, fascinating geology and superb (but challenging in places) walking make Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door internationally renowed and it is always busy with tourists who come in by the coach load! The Heritage Centre by the main car park is worth a visit to learn more about the Jurrasic coast and the geology of the Purbeck coast. The whole area is privately owned so expect to pay for parking and expect other small attractions to part you from your cash! I guess we locals tend to steer clear of this honeypot, especially in season, which is a shame as we undoubtedly miss out on the wild flowers and insects that abound here. One does not have to only walk the coastal paths there are some paths further in land that still give excellent views and also reveal more species of flowers and insects along the hedgerows. Newlands Farm, in particular, has some excellent unspoilt fields full of weeds later in the summer. In summer, when walking on the cliffs by Durdle Door, look out for the local speciality butterfly, the Lulworth Skipper. This is its home.  
Site Name Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove
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Diversity Average (100-150 species)
Map Reference SY815805
Site Habitats
Habitat Relationship
C1: Hard Coastal Cliffs


G1: Calcareous Grassland