Lulworth Cove

Formed by the combined forces of the sea and a river swollen by melting ice at the end of the last Ice Age. Lulworth Cove is world famous for its unique geology and landforms including the Lulworth Crumple and Stair Hole.

Lulworth Cove

Lulworth Cove

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Lulworth Cove, Dorset, is a small, almost circular bay with a narrow opening to the sea.

Together with the adjacent cliffs and St Oswald’s, Mupe and Worbarrow Bays it is the best example in Europe of the interaction of marine erosion on an alternating sequence of hard and soft rocks.

Lulworth Cove

Lulworth Cove

Lulworth Cove

Stair Hole is a minor landform to the west of Lulworth Cove. It has formed due to the concordant nature of the coast (geological structure runs parallel to the coast), and shows how coves (shell-shaped bays) are likely to develop in their initial stages. The rock types found in Stair Hole are the Portland Limestone, the Purbeck Beds and the Wealden Clay.

Stair Hole

Stair Hole

12 Comments CherryPie on Aug 12th 2019

12 Responses to “Lulworth Cove”

  1. The Yum List says:

    Wow! That bay is rather striking.

  2. Sackerson says:

    We love the cove.

  3. Almost perfect round shape!
    One can also argue it was probably formed by some sort of meteorite collision million years ago… Are you buying this?

  4. Astrid says:

    That is a great place to visit. The colours are so wonderful. A great bay to seek shelter for boats in heavy weather.

  5. Beautiful photos of a very lovely location. We went on a boat trip from there a few years ago but gosh it was so busy there!

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