Lovely Lulworth

It was like this. We were lucky enough to have a two-night child-free break in Dorset last year.

Lulworth Cove
But here's the thing ... it was soooo lovely we wanted to take the boys there :)

So on a journey between London and Devon, we decided to take a slight detour.

Just an easy 2.5-hour drive from London and you find this amazing place.

If you haven't been to Lulworth Cove it is in Dorset located on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. It welcomes 500,000 tourists per year but we've been twice now and although busy there is a big enough car park to accommodate everyone. With a shingle beach surrounding the cove, fantastic views from up top, visitor centre, shops, toilet facilities, ice creams and fish and chips and plenty of other food places on hand its a great family place to visit.

This time, we didn't stay but we saw plenty of self-catering cottages, Inns, B&Bs as well as caravan and camping sites in the area - but I'd advise booking ahead if staying as its very popular.

Last year we stayed at Bishops and had this great view from a window seat in our room (The Boat House). It also had an outdoor swimming pool and yes it was cold but we swam :)

Lulworth Cove from Bishops

But back to this year, and we finally got to enjoy the steep but lovely 1-mile walk up, along and down the South West Coastal Path to Durdle Door. The magnificent Durdle Door arch and beach also has a shingle beach recommended by the Marine Conservation Society for excellent water quality.

Man O'War Bay

Durdle Door

It's quite a steep walk and a hot dusty day we were in need of refreshments - the bottle of water had not lasted. One of the boys had already been for a dip in the sea. We had also promised the boys an ice cream on the return leg back over the hill, (which is never as much fun!) and then we came across these ...

When you really need an ice-lolly but really want an ice-cream, then the Royal Slush is perfect. A double Slushie with Mr. Whippy topping. An amazing thirst quencher but oh so delicious.

A Royal Slush
We had a great but brief time in Dorset and I'd love to explore more and check out some of the places The Life os Spicers found on their weekend adventure in Dorset.

Dorset and Durdle Door also features in Otis and Us 12 great UK getaways with the kids. Do check it out.

Cost: Parking £4 for 2-4 hours Royal Slush £2.50
Time: 4 hours as a stop-off but could easily spend a whole day or more.
Equipment: Sturdy shoes.
Boys Club Rating: I'm hoping we'll make a third, fourth and fifth visit :)

Have you been to Lulworth Cove & Durdle Door? I'd love to know what you thought about it?

Deb x