Two weeks ago over the bank holiday weekend, we were lucky to be graced with sunshine and a temporary feeling that summer may just be sticking around for a little while longer. Waking up to early morning sun rays streaming through the windows, we jumped in the car and headed for Dorset’s Jurassic Coast for some last moments of summer. Spontaneous trips like this always feel most special. Unplanned and chosen in the moment, there’s a real sense of adventure in getting up as soon as you wake up and heading out to the first place that comes to mind. Following an active morning at Durdle Door with just a bottle of water and a free mind, we wanted to continue the adventure at another new place just around the corner, Lulworth Cove.
After dropping off the car near the visitor centre, we made our way to the small but bustling main lane lined with quaint cottages, bistros and boutique hotels. Strolling through the centre, the holiday atmosphere was visible everywhere. From restaurants advertising daily specials, to visitors carrying beach inflatables, to ice creams in every other hand, it was summer in full swing. We wandered hand in hand, keeping an eye out for somewhere cosy to stop and sit down. Some of our options included Lulworth Cove Inn, Bishops and Lulworth Lodge or, a little further up in the main village of West Lulworth, the restaurant at Limestone, a stylish country house nestled in the Dorset hills. For such a small place, there were quite a few spots to choose from to suit every taste.
Since it wasn’t quite lunchtime yet, we decided to continue exploring down the main lane and soon found ourselves facing a compact but beautiful cove beach at the end. Sunbathers clustered on the pebbles, swimmers braving the cool water and a few boats dotted around in the distance, the tiny beach was in full capacity. We didn’t really mind missing out on sunbathing, however, as we had already sampled two beaches earlier that morning at Durdle Door; we were more interested in sampling some seafood this time!
Stomachs rumbling, we returned to the main lane and decided on the charming Lulworth Lodge after peeking in to a pretty interior and a daily special of fresh mussels and fries for £10. With the salty air, seafood seemed like the ideal choice. Being a bank holiday Sunday, the restaurant inside was fully booked but there were plenty of tables outside at the back. The sunny terrace deck, tucked behind palm leaves and shrubs, ended up being the perfect spot to escape the flutter of tourists below. We took our time enjoying our delicious mussels, appreciating the shade and the chance to rest after an adventurous morning. The atmosphere here at Lulworth Lodge was the perfect level of refined but relaxed and we have already made plans to return one evening for dinner.
Following lunch and nearing time to leave, we decided to make one more stop at The Dolls House, a delightful tiny green cottage perched on the side of the main lane, for some locally-made ice cream; no visit to the beach is complete without it! Cookie dough for Dave and rum & raisin for me, we enjoyed our favourite flavours in the sweet little terrace garden tucked around the side, slightly in awe at just how adorable this spot is. Inside, there is a little sweet shop selling homemade fudge and all sorts of sweet treats that would make a perfect souvenir.
Having sampled plenty of beaches, seafood and ice cream, we were ready to leave this beautiful spot in Dorset and head back to the New Forest. Although my legs were aching and the idea of a nap seemed more than ideal, spending the day exploring new places felt refreshing and restorative. Leaving the house early in the morning also meant that we had the rest of the afternoon to continue enjoying a beautiful Sunday back in Burley. It was the perfect way to say goodbye to summer.
Have you been to Lulworth Cove? How did you spend the last few days of summer?