Situated about 8 miles east of Weymouth is Lulworth Cove - a cove which has a very smooth, almost semi-circular shore-line. The geology of the area is most unique with exposed twisted rock strata indicating the once violent forces which shaped this corner of England.

Nearby, East Lulworth is now dominated by The Royal Armour Corps firing ranges. This little community of thatched cottages surrounds the home of the Welds, who came in 1641 and are still here.

It was a Weld who built the great square castle with a rounded tower at each corner and, in the Civil Wars, it was garrisoned for the King but seized by Parliamentary forces. The castle came to a sad end in 1929 when it was swept by fire, but it is a magnificent ruin. It is currently in the process of being rebuilt, and already part of it is open to the public.

Stair Hole, just to the west of Lulworth Cove, is a remarkable small cove with natural arches cut into steeply-dipping Portland and basal Purbeck limestones. Through these arches and a gap where one has collapsed the sea enters to erode the softer parts of the Purbeck limestones and shales.

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