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Lulworth and East Dorset

East Dorset embraces some of the south of England’s least spoilt countryside and parts of the dramatic Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. There are few places more recognisable than the crescent bay of Lulworth Cove, the perfect rock arch of Durdle Door, the ruins of Corfe Castle or the rock stacks of Old Harry Rocks, which all grace this small but historic area. There are also some fantastic beaches, including the soft sands at Studland and the great town beach at Swanage. All are linked by the South West Coast Path, one of the UK’s truly great coastal walks.

History

In the 9th century, Wareham was one of the most important towns in the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Wessex – its defensive walls were built to keep out the Vikings. Some of England’s earliest kings ruled from this area – Edward the Martyr was murdered at Corfe Castle and is now buried in Wareham. But though Corfe Castle itself was used by monarchs until the Roundheads blew it up during the English Civil War, East Dorset’s influence on the development of England faded when power shifted to London in the 13th century. But even older events continue to exert an influence on the area. Since 2001, the coast has been designated part of a UNESCO World Heritage site, acknowledging the rich geological history displayed along the Jurassic Coast. This stretch begins at Studland, where the youngest rocks can be found, and extends into Devon, though some of the most studied geological landforms can be found in the middle, around the famed bay at Lulworth Cove.

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Lulworth and East Dorset

A dramatic coastline, great beaches and picturesque villages – what more could you want?
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