During the summer months, thousands of holidaymakers flock to Britain’s coastline. From the white cliffs of Dover to Cornwall’s finest, Britain’s shores are not to be ignored.
Living mere minutes from Dorset’s border, I spent Sunday at my (nearly) local coastal hideaway. Lulworth Cove, Dorset, is part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.
Boasting dog friendly beaches, fish and chips to die for and, of course, the astonishingly azure waters of its famous coves, Lulworth is a slice of the Caribbean right on our shores.
The village of West Lulworth is equipped with a vast car park, a gift shop and information centre, local eateries and coastal paths. It is just a short walk from the car park’s edge and up to the first viewpoint.
By making your way up the chalky path to the cliff’s peak you are affronted by a striking clash of blue on green. The grassy slope leads down to the water’s edge where lies a pebbled beach.
Once roped off, visitors are now allowed to clamber carefully down to the water. Those brave enough take a dip in the cool waters, and can often be seen free-climbing between the rock’s arches before leaping in.
Lovers and families picnic on the banks while dog walkers patrol the coastal paths. More than just a pretty view, Lulworth Cove lends itself as an exciting location for sea-kayaking. The choppy waters are no doubt a challenge for those involved, while the lazy ones among us relax on the boats bobbing on the bay.
The warm weather smiling down on us, our visit concluded with a lazy stroll back to the car. Looking back from the cliff’s summit, the sun glinting on the rippling sea, I realised: this really is the best of British.