SWC Walk 54 : Lulworth Cove via Tyneham and Durdle Door Circular
Dramatic coastal scenery, Lulworth cove, hidden beaches, a cliff arch, and a ghost town. Travel by car only.
|Toughness||10 out of 10 (the west loop is not too bad, but the east loop has 3 very steep climbs)|
This beautiful coastal walk takes in Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door, Purbeck's dramatic coastal scenery, and the abandoned village of Tyneham.
The walk is a figure of 8 centred on Lulworth Cove by the Castle Inn (lunch pub)
The Tyneham loop starts with a hill, with fine views of the coast before following the coast over dramatic cliffs. It then climbs a ridge above Tyneham with a 360° view of Purbeck. It then descends into the village, which is worth exploring (church, museum), and climbs the other side of the valley to the cliff edge. It then follows the rollercoaster South West Coast Path (SWCP) back to Lulworth Cove, past a beach and more dramatic viewpoints.
The Durdle Door loop is gentler. It follows the SWCP west along cliffs to Durdle Door (an arch) and a nice beach. The return is slightly inland, on a higher path (with less ups and downs) over open grassland, with fine views of the coast.
This is a 'car walk', as its not very suitable for public transport. There is a rare bus service from Wool Station, about 4 miles away. See below for details. For groups, there are reasonably priced taxis.
The eastern half of this walk (around Tyneham) is through a Danger Area (Army Tank Training Area). It is sometimes closed - check the opening times before travelling. If closed, you can always do the Western part of the walk from Lulworth Cove to Durdle Door.
The walk is a figure of 8 centred on Lulworth Cove, so you can choose to do either one loop or both.
|Saturday Walkers Club||
N/A : It would have to be an organised weekend, or travel by car-share
By car: Start the walk in Tyneham. Povington Hill Car Park, not far from East Lulworth, is about 3 hours drive from London. There is a large, expensive car park at Lulworth Cove, and one in Tyneham village itself when the range walks are open.
Wool Station is 4 miles north of Lulworth Cove. Trains from London Waterloo are hourly, and take about 2 hrs 20 mins.
Wool Station to Lulworth Cove Updated : Summer 2016
Check online, these bus services change every year! - and 2016 was no exception : Traveline South West.
Wool has a pub to await your train, and a local store that keeps long hours.
In reverse: Lulworth Cove to Weymouth. A train from London about 8am should connect at Wool Station with a bus to Lulworth Cove. You can then walk to Weymouth, which has regular trains. This is the only public transport option outside of the summer school holidays when the X43 bus operates.
Lulworth has a YHA youth hostel, a HF hotel, a campsite (mostly caravans, but they take tents), and some expensive B&Bs and Hotels
Lulworth Cove Inn BH20 5RQ, 01929 400333, in Lulworth Cove, real ale, outdoor terrace, food was good for such a touristy place
Other options : The Lulworth Beach Hotel (restaurant) and a cafe. For drivers : up the road (0.5m) in West Lulworth is The Castle Inn, or in East Lulworth (2m), The Weld Arms
|Lulworth Range Walks||
This is an army firing range that is only open at certain times
The range walks are open A) most weekends (they are closed about 6 weekends a year) and B) every day during school holidays (Christmas, Easter, Summer)
The Lulworth Range walks and Tyneham Villages are open to the public every weekend ** with the exception of ** the following: 1. 17th/18th January 2015 2. 7th/8th March 2015 3. 9th/10th May 2015 4. 4th/5th July 2015 5. 26th/27th September 2015 6. 14th/15th November 2015 In addition to the weekends they are open every day during the following times; all dates are inclusive: Christmas 20th December 2014 – 4th January 2015 Easter 3rd – 12th April 2015 Bank Holiday 2nd – 4th May 2015 Spring 23rd May – 31st June 2015 Summer 25th July – 30th August 2015 Christmas 19th December 2015 – 3rd January 2016
Please check for latest information on access times on 01929 404819, or on the following websites which seem to change every year
After the walk, we would really appreciate your comments
|Map Walk||This walk requires an OS map and a compass or GPS for navigation. You can print out OS maps using the link above.|
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This walk is a "figure of 8" - 2 loops centred on Lulworth Cove. You can start anywhereThese instructions are based on parking at Povington Hill car park, above Tyneham, but its possible to start anywhere along the route, e.g. Lulworth Cove car park
The East Loop - Tyneham
- Head inland along Lulworth Cove road, then take a path up then east over Bindon Hill.
- Rejoin the SWCP. There is a killer descent then ascent.
- At Flowers Barrow, a dramatic viewpoint, leave the SWCP, and follow the ridge east to Povington Hill, until you reach a downhill track to your left
- A little further along the ridge is Povington Hill car park (free, marked on the OS map). From the car park, head west along the ridge to reach this point
- Take the track south, downhill into the valley, to Tyneham Village, which you can see down to your right
- After exploring the village continue south, and climb up to Gad Cliff on the opposite side of the valley
- Detour east towards Tyneham Cap to enjoy the view, before returning to this point
- Follow the SWCP west, past Worbarrow Tout and Worbarrow Bay (Tyneham's pretty beach) then a murderous climb up to the dramatic Flowers Barrow (viewpoint)
- Continue on the SWCP, down to Mupe bay, and another murderous climb, continue along the coast until you reach Lulworth Cove
- Lunch/Tea is at the Lulworth Cove Inn
The West Loop - Durdle Door and Swyre Head
- Head west along the coast path, following the SWCP towards Durdle Door. You pass Stair Hole (a cove in the making), and above St Oswalds Bay (access is from Durdle Door)
- Vist Durdle Door.
- Continue along the coast, turn back a km or so past Swyre Head
- Return slightly inland, and higher up, with less ups and downs, along the path parallel to the coast, marked on the OS map.
- Pass north of the caravan park, then go south east (south of the minor road) to meet a track going to the Lulworth Cove Road
- Head south along the road to the pub and car-park
- Lunch/Tea is at the Lulworth Cove Inn