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Lulworth Cove

Lulworth Cove is one of the most iconic locations on The Jurassic Coast. It is famed for its unique shape, interesting geology, breathtaking views and clear blue waters. Every year thousands of visitors head to Lulworth to learn more about its interesting history. We regularly visit this beach during our school field trips.

Lulworth Cove is the product of 150 million years of evolution and weathering. The famous rock formation is considered one of the most geologically interesting locations in the UK. We are extremely lucky to be situated in nearby Swanage and have the opportunity to take our residential groups to visit Lulworth Cove for field studies. Sessions can be tailored to key stage 1-5.

  • Lulworth Cove on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset

School trips near Lulworth Cove

Cumulus Outdoors has been in the outdoor education industry for more than 25 years. During this time we’ve earned an exceptional reputation for providing some of the best adventure residential school trips on the Jurassic Coast.

Our school trips are completely bespoke – offering you the chance to select the activities that suit the needs and wants of your group. Every trip is unique and slightly different from the last. What remains consistent across every residential trip is our high standards and commitment to ensuring required outcomes are met. Whether students are enjoying an exhilarating coasteering experience, working together to build rafts or having friendly competition whilst mackerel fishing, our activities are always geared towards promoting collaboration, a healthy lifestyle, stepping out of your comfort zone and improving mental health. Fun, enjoyment and safety are paramount at Cumulus Outdoors.

Residential trips

Our outdoor adventure activities take place in famed coastal venues across Dorset – many of which are only a 10-15 minute drive from our residential centre in Swanage. With the likes of Lulworth Cove, Durdle Door and Dancing Ledge on our doorstep, we are extremely lucky to be able to take residential groups offsite to visit these natural beauty spots during a residential school trip by the coast!

We have a choice of accommodation options to suit any group. Our Residential Centre has a capacity of 139 and provides the perfect base for a winter adventure activity trip in Dorset. Students will have heaps of fun across the 7-acres of grounds.

In the summer months, many of our groups choose to stay in one of our Tented Villages, which are situated in picturesque locations overlooking Poole Harbour. Here, students love getting closer to nature and playing games in the central Nordic Tipi tent.


Field Studies Trips near Lulworth Cove

The Jurassic Coast is the only place in the world where you can find rocks from the Jurassic, Triassic and Cretaceaous periods in one place, making it a must visit during a geography or geology field studies trip in Dorset. Lulworth Cove is home to Stair Hole and Lulworth Crumple – these magnificent natural structures provide real world examples of coastal erosion and can help put classroom learning into context. From various viewpoints along this section of coastline, students can observe arches, sea stacks and caves.

There’s an interesting visitor centre with interactive displays that showcases how the Jurassic Coast was formed through models and video demonstrations. There’s also a selection of fossils on display.

Geography trips at Cumulus

We provide field studies packages for primary and secondary level students. Whether you’d like your KS1 group to learn more about environmental education, geography and history, or your KS5 to get real world world experience that will benefit their AS/A-Level studies, our field studies trips on the Jurassic Coast will support the work that students have been doing in the classroom. Getting students excited about geology by taking the classroom outside is what we do – and we love it! We can also include trips to Kimmeridge, Studland and Durdle Door.

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Outdoor activities on the Jurassic Coast

We offer a wide range of outdoor activities at Cumulus Outdoors. Our land and water-based activities take place around favourite beauty spots and are always run by highly experienced members of the Cumulus team.

Students will learn new skills in a safe environment whilst enjoying the thrill of activities they wouldn’t normally have access to. We hope young people will leave with memories they will cherish for a lifetime.

We’re constantly adapting our offering to stay ahead of the curve. It’s the little things like providing dedicated changing facilities, toilets and water for Coasteering experiences at Dancing Ledge that sets us apart from other providers. You’ll be changing in the car park with our competitors!

Walking routes at Lulworth Cove

With beautiful scenery across the Isle of Purbeck, Lulworth Cove makes a fantastic place to explore. Enjoy a number of walking routes that take in some of the natural beauty spots in the area. Here, we share three of our favourite routes.

Lulworth Cove to Bat’s Head

The Lulworth Cove to Bat’s Head walk passes Durdle Door en route to Bat’s Head.

Starting at Lulworth Cove, head to the coastal path and travel west towards Bat’s Head. On the walk you’ll have to endure a short steep climb over Swyre Head, but your extra efforts will be rewarded with brilliant views of Durdle Door.

Lulworth Cove, Fossils Forest and Mupe Bay Circular Walk

This circular walk takes in some excellent sights. It takes around two hours to complete, but in our experience you’ll want to spend much longer on the route soaking up the scenery. There are some lovely places to recuperate, enjoy a picnic and photograph the landscape. Our office manager, Jackie has shared some top tips and insights for this walk!

This walk is lesser known to visitors, because most people travel west from Lulworth Cove towards Durdle Door. However, head east and you’ll discover fantastic views of the Fossil Forest and Mupe Bay off the beaten path. These spots are very peaceful – perfect for getting away from the crowds and enjoying untapped views of the Jurassic Coast.

Lulworth Cove to Durdle Door

The linear walk from Lulworth Cove to Durdle Door is arguably one of the most popular walking route on the Jurassic Coast, and in the UK. There are many opportunities to detour via lesser known paths and explore the area! In its simplest form, the route is 1 mile each way, but you can make the route a circular walk in a number of ways.

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    Residential trip reviews

    "Absolutely fantastic venue for any school residential trip! We had a well planned week with every activity run by the brilliant Cumulus staff! Already booked for 2022 and 2023"!


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    Residential trip reviews

    "UNMISSABLE. Coasteering on the historic Jurassic Dorset coastline is a must and the team at Cumulus were superb with our group - all beginners and some with a very real fear of heights! Chris and Mike were patient and supportive every step of the way and there's plenty of opportunity to push yourself as your confidence grows on the jumps. Lovely lovely team at Cumulus - thank-you Guys we'll be back for more"!