This area of Dorset is characterised by dramatic coastal downs farmed with a mix of dairy, sheep and arable. These downs slope inland to the wide expanse of the Frome and Piddle valleys which alternate between heathland (immortalized by Hardy), lush pastures, woodland and conifer forest.
The nearby Saxon-walled town of Wareham is a small, peaceful town on the River Frome. It has a choice of pubs, restaurants, specialist shops, a supermarket and an open air market on Saturday mornings. There are boat trips on the Frome into Poole Harbour. Try to visit the gas-lit Rex cinema and the tiny Norman church at the top of North Street to see the effigy of Lawrence of Arabia. You can also visit his small cottage nearby and his grave at Moreton whose church features elegant etched windows.
The coast here is the most dramatic and varied in the county. From the National Trust coastline at Ringstead with its shingle beach and undercliff wilderness, White Nothe headland rears up with a smugglers path zigzagging to the top. The Coast Path continues over chalk cliffs that switchback through to the famous landmarks of Durdle Door, a rock arch with splendid shingle beaches on either side and the bowl-like enclosed Lulworth Cove. The village of Lulworth is just inland and offers a range of facilities. Beyond is the equally interesting coastline controlled by the Army who allow access most weekends and school holidays. Swimming is possible at Mupe and Worbarrow, the latter accessed from the deserted village of Tyneham followed by a half mile level walk.
The Lulworth area offers a huge variety of things to do. Here we have broken down the locale to incorporate the finer detail of what the area has to offer. There is a choice of kayaking, fishing, boat trips, coasteering and cycling, plus the two famous attractions of Monkey World and the Tank Museum. You can also visit Lulworth Castle and the cottage and grave of Laurence of Arabia. For something a little different, visit the village that time forgot – Tyneham, a village that was deserted during the 2nd World War never to be returned to. There is something for everyone in this diverse part of the county.
This dramatic stretch of coast offers mainly shingle beaches in sheltered coves. Lulworth Cove is easily accessible with good family and disabled facilities. Other beaches are a bit more of a challenge, accessed by steep rocky footpaths. However, the reward of an empty beach and the peace and quiet to be enjoyed when you finally reach your destination far outweighs the effort of getting there. Access to some stretches of the coast, and beaches such as Worbarrow are controlled by the Army and it’s worth checking access times before setting out.
The varied high quality landscape produces some of the most flavoursome food and drink in the country. Just as artists and writers are inspired by the Dorset landscape, so too are chefs, producers and farmers, producing great food and drink with amazing flavour.
In the Lulworth area there is a mix of quiet rural hamlets and picturesque coastal villages in stunning scenery. The large village of Wool benefits from access to the London to Waterloo main line and has a variety of shops and pubs.
Camp Bestival, Tank Fest and the Big Banana Bonanza are just three of the events in this area for you to enjoy. The Purbeck Film Festival in October is another popular event and there are plenty of food festivals, carnivals and fetes throughout the year.
Why not buy a Jurassic Coast Card which has some great deals for days out, food and drink and services along the Dorset Coast?
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