Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove
Stunning scenery, fascinating geology, and superb (but challenging in places) walking and the rare Lulworth skipper
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Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove: home of the Lulworth skipper -
Stunning scenery, fascinating geology and superb (but challenging in places) walking make Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door internationally renowned and it is always busy with tourists who come in by the coach load! The Heritage Centre by the main car park is worth a visit to learn more about the Jurassic coast and the geology of the Purbeck coast.
The whole area is privately owned so expect to pay for parking and expect other small attractions to part you from your cash! I guess we locals tend to steer clear of this honeypot, especially in season, which is a shame as we undoubtedly miss out on the wild flowers and insects that abound here. One does not have to only walk the coastal paths there are some paths further in land that still give excellent views and also reveal more species of flowers and insects along the hedgerows. Newlands Farm, in particular, has some excellent unspoilt fields full of weeds later in the summer.
In summer, when walking on the cliffs by Durdle Door, look out for the local speciality butterfly, the Lulworth Skipper. This is its home.
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Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland
Cynosurus cristatus - Centaurea nigra [Crested Dogs-tail/Black knapweed] grassland
Quercus robur - Pteridium aquilinum - Rubus fruticosus [Pedunculate Oak/Bracken/Bramble] woodland
Festuca ovina - Helictotrichon pratense [Sheep's Fescue/Meadow Oat-grass] grassland
Bromopsis erecta [Upright Brome] grassland
Helictotrichon pubescens [Downy Oat-grass] grassland
Fraxinus excelsior - Acer campestre - Mercurialis perennis [Ash/Field Maple/Dog's Mercury] woodland
Lolium perenne - Cynosurus cristatus [Perennial ryegrass/Crested dog's tail] grassland
Lolium perenne [Perennial ryegrass] and related species grassland
Fraxinus excelsior - Sorbus aucuparia - Mercurialis perennis [Ash/Rowan/Dog's Mercury] woodland