South West Coast Path- Lulworth Cove & The Fossil Forest Walk

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South West Coast Path- Lulworth Cove & The Fossil Forest Walk

South West Coast Path- Lulworth Cove & The Fossil Forest Walk
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A 2 mile walk along part of the South West Coast Path from Lulworth Cove to the nearby fossilised forest – highlights of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.
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Jason Q
Leamington Spa, UK197 contributions
Sep 2020 • Solo
I walked from Weymouth to lulworth cove and back.It took me ten hours and obviously had a couple of short breaks.The views I came across were simply stunning and took me by suppose some of the best I have seen in the world and I am well traveled I had no idea.I would of been in South America but for covid ,so I came across this jewel of a walk.Good footwear essential as there are some steep climbs towards duffle door and lulworth cove.The walk heads inlands at times because of landslides.At one point in Osmington the path takes you through a pub called the smugglers cove imagine!I could not recommend this walk highly enough.
Written September 2, 2020
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2017Ravs4
Crickhowell, UK127 contributions
Apr 2021
Wonderful walk, paths are much better than to Durdle door and so much quieter. It’s about a 4 mile round walk from Lulworth to Mupe cove. Some fantastic views. We didn’t go down to the Mupe beach due to they were concerned about some rocks falling. We stopped at the fossil forest on the way back to Lulworth Cove. It was very interesting to see. We thought it was a nicer walk than to Durdle Door. We then had ice cream when we got back to Lulworth cove.
Written April 26, 2021
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Malcolm M
Northumberland100 contributions
Jun 2021
The Fossil Forest is easily reached following the coastal path East from Lulworth Cove - but check the Army are not using the nearby range first, or you won't be able to get to it! The forest is accessed via a series of steep steps, but you are rewarded with a great view across the coast as you descend. A noticeboard explains how they were formed. Along the coast are a series of rock exposures with plenty to look for, though you are still some distance (vertically) from the sea. The giant stromatolites are easy enough to find and are fun to photograph.
Written June 6, 2021
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EDCtravel
Richmond-upon-Thames, UK264 contributions
Feb 2019 • Friends
It is steep getting up and if you go on you get more of the same. But to be fair the are some great views some of the best in the UK. Definitely recommend a visit.
Written February 20, 2019
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Adrian150
Kendal, United Kingdom25 contributions
Aug 2013 • Family
The herd head over to Durdle Door, which is well worth a visit.
But if you head over the down from West Lulworth through the ranges to Mupe Bay, you won't regret it. We passed possibly 5 other groups of a few people, where the Durdle door path was a steady stream

You can approach the ranges walk from the cove, but its a LOT of steps. Instead, start at West Lulworth church and take the little lane opposite the road down from the church past the shop. A gate to the right leads up onto the down. Then follow an fairly obvious track to your diagonal left. It climbs steeply and in places goes very narrow through the Gorse. But eventually brings you to the top of the down, just at the gateway through onto the Ranges path.
The path through the ranges is open most days during school holidays - check at the information centre in Lulworth if outside the school holidays. There are dire warnings to stick to the path and NOT touch anything through the ranges, or you MAY DIE. Possibly over-egging. The views back over Lulworth cove are stunning, as are the views down the Jurassic cost past Mupe Bay.
If you're feeling VERY energetic, there's a huge flight of steps following the cliff up around Mupe Bay. Too much for us on a very hot day with a small child.
We then followed the coastal path back towards Lulworth and past the fossilised forest. A truly weird creation of nature. Its a shame the informative plaque has almost worn away to the point of being unreadable.
Written August 20, 2013
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foivos_spathopoulos
Mougins, France89 contributions
Oct 2012 • Business
Every year I take my geology students to see the Fossil Forest. It is a spectacular remnant of the past, to be seen together with the "Broken Beds". An easy walk from Lulworth Cove, but be careful of the Tank Range times.
Written January 24, 2013
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Barry H
Essex, UK235 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
When staying in Lulworth for a few days, we always do a couple of long walks, firstly to see the stunning views from the cliffs, and secondly to build up an appetite for dinner each evening !
Our first day we walked the coastal path from West Lulworth, over Hambury Tout, via Durdle Dor, Swyre Head, Bats Head, Scratchy Bottom, White Nothe, etc all the way to Osmington Mills (approx 8 Miles) where we lunched at the Smuggler Inn then caught the bus back to Lulworth Cove. It was a tough but very enjoyable walk with lovely views wherever you looked, and the good weather helped. If you’re relatively fit you should be able to complete this walk even though there are some steep climbs at the start of the trek.
However, our second day we went east across the ranges towards Swanage, through Fossil Forest, along the cliffs all the way to Kimmeridge, some 7 miles away. Whilst not as long a walk there are some really hardcore climbs on this stretch and should only be attempted by the fit walkers amongst you ! Not only are the uphill climbs ‘lung busters’ but the downhill bits play havoc with any weak knees. As consolation, when you reach Kimmeridge (a beautiful little village) look out for Clavells where a lovely lunch and few drinks will reward your efforts.
Again this walk has stunning views not to be missed. Not quite so tough a route to the same destination can be taken along the top of the ridge.
We loved these walks and plan to do them again next May. Be careful because the ranges are only open at certain times during the year so check before you set out.
All the walks are very clearly marked and signposted but always worth taking a local, or even better, an ordnance survey map with you just in case.
Hardcore hiking but worth the effort !
Written August 5, 2018
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Sarah P
London, UK3 contributions
Mar 2015 • Friends
I don't think the walk labelled here is quite the one we did, but I don't have an option to choose another walk...
We walked from Lulworth Cove, through the Lulworth Ranges, to Tyneham village. It's roughly 5.3 miles long but took us about 3 hours because we stopped to take quite a few photos + there were quite a few epic hills. But wow was it was worth it. The views were spectacular. And after each big hill we felt really proud of ourselves. Still can't believe we did it. Highly recommend!!!
P.s. We weren't all super fit. I don't really exercise at all, so found it tough but got through it and enjoyed the walk :)
Though definitely not a walk for people scared of heights. There are no rails or safety barricades and you're walking very close to steep drops to cliffs.
Written March 16, 2015
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Rog D
Heraklion44 contributions
Sep 2013 • Business
............for several thousands of years, and left to people , far wiser than me , will continue do so, for many more millennia, making our 3xscore years plus 10 , pale into insignificance!
Written August 10, 2014
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johnny C
Brentwood, UK45 contributions
Jun 2013 • Couples
beautiful views of lulworth cove and the coast line . the forest walk is steep and you need to be fitter than I am as it looks a long way up but it is worth it. also the military have their land and that in itself is quite exciting.But at weekends they are not firng their guns!!!!
Written July 2, 2013
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