A natural arch cut into the Portland Stone (Limestone). The rocks that the arch is made up of is thought to be approximately 140 million years old.
A photographers dream! Lulworth Cove was formed approximately 10,000 years ago by the awesome powers of a river and the sea.
To kick off this truly amazing tour, we head west into Purbeck.
The gateway to the Jurassic Coast.
The Jurassic Coast is 95 miles of coastline on the south of England, stretching from Old Harry Rocks to Exmouth in Devon. Formed over 185 million years mainly known for its rock formations, stunning coastline and fossils.
First stop is Durlston Park. Known for its wildlife, and the gateway to the Jurassic Coast. Here we visit the brand new Jurassic Coast visitor centre housed in the recently refurbished Durlston Castle. Take your time to visit the Great Globe, which is one of the largest globes in the world weighing in at 40 tons! The globe was situated in 1891. View Old Harry Rocks, the starting point of the Jurassic Coast, England’s only natural UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Corfe Castle & the Village of Corfe
Abandoned Tyneham Village (Tyneham is owned by the Military of Defence and has scattered opening times)
Then from Corfe it's off to Tynham Village. Tyneham Village where time stopped in 1943. In November 1943 notice was given to the villagers that they would be required to leave within 28 days as the area was needed for forces’ training. On 17 December 1943 the last villagers left believing that one day they would be able to return. Sadly this was never to happen.
Lulworth Castle - CLOSED SATURDAYS
From Tyneham Village its off to Lulworth Castle. Built in the early 17th Century as a hunting lodge, the castle became a country house at the heart of a large estate. Thomas Howard, 3rd Lord Bindon, built the Castle in order to entertain hunting parties for the King and Court. The Howards owned it until 1641 when it was purchased by Humphrey Weld, the direct ancestor of the present owners. Gutted by fire in 1929.
From Lulworth Castle we head to the stunning Jurassic Coast and Durdle Door. Durdle Door is a natural arch cut into the Portland Stone (Limestone) found on the south coast of England in the county of Dorset. The rocks that the arch is made up of is thought to be approximately 140 million years old. Originally the arch would have been a series of caves along the coast, made from cracks in the layers of rock that have been hollowed out. It first appeared on the first edition of the Ordnance Survey map, dated 1811, spelt Dirdale Door.
A short walk from Durdle Door to Lulworth Cove. The cove is the prime Dorset attraction for the budding geographer or simply for a leisurely walk along the Natural World Heritage Coastline and the challenging hills. Lulworth Cove was formed approximately 10,000 years ago by the awesome powers of a river and the sea. It continues to evolve behind a narrow Portland stone entrance as the softer Purbeck, Wealdon, Greensand and Chalk exposures are eroded.
Weymouth & Portland
From Lulworth we take a drive through the Dorset countryside to the site of the 2012 sailing olympics the 'isle' of Portland. Located on the World Heritage Coast, is an explorer's Island with curiosities of history and folklore just waiting to be discovered. We look west over the 18 miles of Chesil beach and the southernmost tip of the Jurassic Coast. With its 3 castles and 3 lighthouses, and Pulpit Rock, this little island packs a punch!
IF TIME ALLOWS:
The picturesque village of Abbotsbury steeped in history, yet a village where the present is very much alive and the future perpetually evolving. There’s much more than first meets the eye when you visit Abbotsbury, it was once home to a richly endowed abbey, founded in 1044. The remains are still visible and date from the 13th and 14th centuries.
St Catherine’s Mount
High on Abbotsbury hilltop sits St Catherine’s Chapel, a barrel-vaulted 14th century chapel built by the monks of Abbotsbury Abbey as a place of pilgrimage and retreat. We take in the fantastic views of the abbey ruins and the 22 mile look back over Chesil Beach and the Fleet.
A truly unique Jurassic Experience! Drop off at your preferred location.
Lulworth Castle was built as a hunting lodge at the beginning of the 17th century in Lulworth, Dorset, by Thomas Howard, Viscount Bindon. It was purchased by Humphrey Weld in 1641 and has belonged to the Weld family ever since. The Castle has played host to Kings; both James I and Charles II stayed there.
Lulworth Cove Rock formations at Lulworth