Saturday Walkers Club


by Andrew Murphy



by Andrew Murphy



by Andrew Murphy



by Andrew Murphy



by Andrew Murphy



by Andrew Murphy

Lulworth Cove via Tyneham and Durdle Door Circular Walk

Dramatic coastal scenery, Lulworth cove, hidden beaches, a cliff arch, and a ghost town. Travel by car only.

Length11 miles
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.

Range Walks

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.

Walk Options

The walk is a figure of 8 centred on Lulworth Cove, so you can choose to do either one loop or both.

  • 54 (Main) The figure of 8
  • 54A Tyneham Circular
  • 54B Tyneham Circular, with extension to Lulworth Cove for Lunch
  • 54C Lulworth Cove to Durdle Door and back
  • Tyneham Village was occupied by the army during WW2, but the villagers were never allowed back. The village church, school (now a museum, free), and some ruined house remain. The sign on the church reads: Please treat the church and houses with care; we have given up our homes where many of us lived for generations to help win the war to keep men free. We shall return one day and thank you for treating the village kindly
  • The Jurassic Coast is a marketing name for this gorgeous stretch of very old coastline - white limestone, with lots of cliff features - coves and arches. It is the real star of this walk. The entire area is geology heaven
  • Lulworth Cove - looks dramatic from afar, not quite so special close up.
  • Durdle Door - a cliff arch, dramatic from near and afar.
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.

Lulworth Cove


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.

  • Summer only : X55 bus service : Weymouth Station - Osmington - Lulworth Cove - Wool Station - Wareham Station - Poole. Irregular times. Daily from 28 May to 4 September. From Wool station to Lulworth at 10:27, 13:27. From Lulworth to Wool station at 12:25, 16:25. Last bus is the 17:09 in the opposite direction to Weymouth station.
  • Year round: There is a rare bus service, # 104, Lulworth Cove - Wool Station - Wareham, the last return bus from Lulworth Cove is about lunchtime.
  • Taxis for groups are very reasonable. Silvercars (01929 400409 or 07811 328281) quotes £13 for up to 8 people from Lulworth Cove to Wool Station.

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 around Tynham, just to the east of Lulworth Cove. It 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. 16th/17th January 2016
2. 13th/14th February 2016
3. 12th/13th March 2016
4. 8th/9th October 2016
5. 19th/20th November 2016
6. 10th/11th December 2016

In addition to the weekends they are open every day during the following times; all dates are inclusive:
Christmas 19th December 2015 – 4th January 2016
Easter 25th March 2016 – 3rd April 2016
Bank Holiday 30th April 2016 – 2nd May 2016
Spring Break 28th May 2016 – 5th June 2016
Summer 30th July – 5th September 2016
Christmas 19th December 2016 – 8th January 2017

Please check for latest information on access times on 01929 404819, or on the following websites which seem to change every year


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By Car

Start: Main Road, West Lulworth, Dorset, BH20 5RQ | Directions

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.


Start walking Large print Using GPS data

National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234



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Walk Directions  

The directions for this walk are also in a PDF (link above) which you can download on to a Kindle, tablet, or smartphone.

This walk is a "figure of 8" - 2 loops centred on Lulworth Cove. You can start anywhere

These 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

  1. Head inland along Lulworth Cove road, then take a path up then east over Bindon Hill.
  2. Rejoin the SWCP. There is a killer descent then ascent.
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Take the track south, downhill into the valley, to Tyneham Village, which you can see down to your right
  6. After exploring the village continue south, and climb up to Gad Cliff on the opposite side of the valley
  7. Detour east towards Tyneham Cap to enjoy the view, before returning to this point
  8. 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)
  9. Continue on the SWCP, down to Mupe bay, and another murderous climb, continue along the coast until you reach Lulworth Cove
  10. Lunch/Tea is at the Lulworth Cove Inn

The West Loop - Durdle Door and Swyre Head

  1. 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)
  2. Vist Durdle Door.
  3. Continue along the coast, turn back a km or so past Swyre Head
  4. Return slightly inland, and higher up, with less ups and downs, along the path parallel to the coast, marked on the OS map.
  5. 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
  6. Head south along the road to the pub and car-park
  7. Lunch/Tea is at the Lulworth Cove Inn