The Geography Department




Purbeck  Lulworth Cove






Lulworth Cove, 4 April 2007













Afternoon session



Chapman's Pool

Chesil Beach - 1998 storms  August 2000  April 2006  April 2007

Corfe Castle


Durdle Door - April 2006  April 2007



Furzy Cliffs


Kimmeridge Bay


Lulworth Cove  Colchester VIth Form College AS Fieldwork Oct 2001

Lulworth Cove  4 April 2007 am.

Lulworth Cove  4 April 2007 pm.


Old Harry Rocks

Old Harry Rocks April 2006


Osmington Mills



Swanage beach and cliffs


West Bay harbour engineering works Feb 2004

West Bay harbour defence works, October 2004

West Bay, harbour and cliffs, August 2005

White Nothe April 2006





From Durdle Dore to Lulworth Cove - through the gate and get the view! Having noticed people on the beach in St Oswald's Bay, I looked for confirmation of a route from the eastern side .. and there were many!

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The chalk hills continue to the east, behind Lulworth Cove, but, at most times, the dreaded red flags are flying -meaning the range walks are closed and denying access to the coastline beyond until Kimmeridge Bay - in a World heritage Site!

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Further views of Lulworth and its bay, and the two-metre chalk cutting and limestone-faced pathway.

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The track end in the car park in Lulworth that, as seen here, is always full of cars on a fine day!

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The visitor's centre complex in Lulworth, left, and some fairly-traditional (not inside doubtless) Dorset cottages on the road to the car park.

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The car park from a small, private car park for residents of West Lulworth; there is also an emergency vehicle garaged here. In the centre is the pub, and on the right an overview of the area near the visitor's centre.

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The wide expanse of car park, impermeable under constant compaction, end in the visitor's centre .. and the low gateway (looking just like flood doors on the coast) must serve the purpose of protecting the building from flash-floods and debris from the car park and beyond.

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Catching the Stair Hole in afternoon light is a compromise, for as soon as one shadow leaves it is replaced by another!

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Three studies of Stair Hole .......

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... and three more!

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The relationship between Stair hole and Lulworth Cove is becoming ever more intimate; the two will coalesce when the headwall of Stair Hole breaks into the western horn of Lulworth Cove.

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Looking east is to look at a succession of younger rocks, at the same time as noting a succession from landward to seaward! Confusing - but see Dr Ian West's pages.

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The Wealden clays are, in our climate, usually mobile and slip into the small beach area, where they are removed. There are interleaved strata, centre, standing proud at the top of the Wealden slope.

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The Wealden clays were mercifully dry when I eased myself down over their granular outlines to examine the base of Stair Hole.

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The 'Lulworth crumple' and Middle and Lower Purbeck provide the spectacular folding even on show, which is being constantly attacked by wave action through breaks in the limestone.

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There are arches within arches in the limestone wall of Stair Hole, and a small beach inland of the breakthrough.

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Lulworth Cove in the quiet of a sunny late afternoon. Now at low tide, the beach is wider, the vessel is grounded and the cobble bank is exposed.

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Almost the same, but not quite, Lulworth Cove with the eastern shore illuminated.

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