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“Beautiful Place Naturally, but infrastructure needs improving.”

Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door
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Reviewed March 31, 2014

Naturally Lulworth Cove is a picturesque place, thanks to nature.
The man made parts are not so picturesque.
Overpriced car parking on a car park full of holes badly maintained.
Public toilets are disgusting like a third world country. The buildings below the new Cove Hotel are tatty and need refurbishment. The half demolished old Beach Cafe has been like that for months either knock it down completely or rebuild it.
I expect the Weld family who own the majority of the Cove like counting their money and not spending it on the infrastructure, which is a pity.

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LulworthCastle, Public Relations Manager at Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2014

Thank you for sharing your recent experience of your visit to Lulworth Cove.
The car park, along with the beach café has been a victim of the unusually wet and wild winter.
The car park, which is a natural water course, is due for its annual refurbishment after Easter when the weather is likely to be more settled. It also receives on-going levelling as dictated by the (unpredictable) weather.
Sadly the beach café became unstable during the storms and had to be demolished. We are currently seeking planning consent to rebuild as part of a comprehensive improvement scheme for Lulworth Cove.
In the meantime, the remaining foundation and walls provides support for the adjacent cliff, also made vulnerable by the storms. As an interim measure a suitable screen is being positioned around this site.
The public toilets are owned and managed by Purbeck District Council. We too are disappointed with their condition.
It is worth noting that the Lulworth Estate entirely funds the Lulworth Rangers. Their responsibilities include the Estate’s education service used by many schools and universities, the maintenance of paths and access, not included within Natural England’s Coastal Access Scheme and various environmental and conservation projects running the length of the Lulworth Coastline between Warbarrow Bay and White Nothe. As you will appreciate with more than 600,000 visitors each year, there is much other work to be done.
We hope this goes some way to explain our position and hope you will enjoy future visits to Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door.

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Reviewed March 27, 2014

Went to visit this place 20 years ago and wanted to go again as I thought it was amazing, unfortunately the steps down to Durdle door had disappeared due to the land slides there. We did manage to get down to the beach, but with great difficulty. Make sure you wear good walking shoes. Also Lulworth Cove as well had deteriorated and the little café that used to be in the Cove was half demolished, but again just left as an eyesore, a little disappointed as before the bay was stunning

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Reviewed March 24, 2014 via mobile

Would recommend. In the visitors centre their is a very helpful, kind young man, he is quite tall with brown hair, I think he is called james, and he will tell you the best possible walks to go on. The views are spectacular!

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Reviewed March 23, 2014

Visited here for the first time in a good few years. The car parking charges came as a bit of a shock but my goodness the beautiful views helped deal with it. Had a long walk and took some lovely photographs. The cove is lovely and the visitor centre interesting. Well worth a visit, be sure to stock up on change to feed the parking meter!

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Reviewed March 23, 2014 via mobile

After seeing quite a few stunning coastal locations in Greece and Italy it's always difficult to break the benchmark set by those. Not that the Jurassic Coast could beat it, but it was absolutely beautiful.

Poole is the nearest train station. We took the Weymouth bound train from London Waterloo station and guess what? On that Sunday we got a 10 pound return train ticket. It was incredible. From the Poole station the location is 6 miles away. We walked one way and enjoyed the village scenery, thought it was a pretty long walk and no paved roads. On our way back we took a cab which generally charges 16 pound for one way for 4 persons.

As for the beach, check out my pictures. I guess that's enough.

P.S carry a good pair of shoes since you have to climb up and down to visit the beach.

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