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LULWORTH COVE               

Lulworth Cove has a wealth of treasure to offer the landscape photographer, from hidden ledges & caves to fossil forests and staggering strata.

Everything you need to know right here.


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DURDLE DOOR                   

Perhaps one of the best known venues on the south coast for landscape photography and indeed tourism in general. This is the definitive guide to Durdle Door.

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Interesting Facts about this coastline

* Lulworth Cove originally started life as just a small channel which was slowly eroded away into the perfect horseshoe shaped bay that we know today, It is extremely calm in pretty much all weather as it is so well sheltered and waves crashing at the mouth of the bay will often lose energy before they hit the shore, hence its popularity with visitors to Dorset.

* Lulworth Cove sees over half a million visitors each year which makes it one of the busiest stretches of the Dorset Jurassic coast.

* Stair Hole is often referred to as the Lulworth Crumple due to the strata here which was crumpled together when tectonic plates of Europe & Africa crashed together causing the various layers you see to fold in on each other millions of years ago

* Stair Hole was once a cave which the roof has collapsed in leaving several arches for the sea to pour in.

* Stair Hole has restricted access but many people step over the ropes here and end up stuck in the clay near the bottom and have to be rescued, pay attention to the warnings here folks, its for a good reason.

* Man O'War Bay or cove is named after a rocky reef offshore which is made up of Portland stone, it is a real favourite for coasteering trips on the Jurassic coast

* Durdle Door is probably the best known landscape photography location in Dorset, it has been photographed by people the world over and continues to attract tourists constantly throughout the seasons.

* The limestone arch of Durdle Door is said to be naturally formed out of the rocks which are 140 million years old and is the result of collapsed caves and cracks that the wave erosion have opened up.

* The famous arch of Durdle Door will eventually fall due to the sea and the relentless battering it gets, but we hope not for a very long time but enjoy it while you can.

* Durdle door has been the backdrop for many feature films over the years, including a few Hollywood blockbusters.

* At a certain point in Winter the sunrise shines through the arch of Durdle Door giving you the through the keyhole shot which has been a landscape photographer favourite and is chased by many, its not uncommon to see 20 plus photographers all huddled together on a Winter morning trying to line up for that shot.

* Durdle Door sees both sunrise & sunset from around late Autumn so it is a very popular choice for landscape photography

* Often described as the drinking dinosaur due to its shape resembling exactly that when viewed from certain angles

* The arches of Durdle Door are made of limestone but just slightly further up the shore you have huge chalk stacks of Bat head and beyond giving the landscape a real contrast.

* Osmington Mills has one of the few coastal waterfalls in Dorset, its flow varies but after heavy rain it can be a cascading torrent even though it is only around 6 feet high at its tallest point narrowing down to 18 inches at the end.

* Osmington Mills is a well know part of the Jurassic Coastline and attracts many schools to the area for geography field trips due to its unique geology and relatively safe environment and beautiful exposed ledges at low tide.