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Diving Lulworth Cove

Diving at Lulworth Cove is a real pleasure. Even at high tide it doesn't get much deeper than 9m and can be as shallow as 5m. This makes it a perfect dive site for beginners. The site has plenty of kelp and a varied fish life - lobsters, crab, pipefish and lots more. Visibility can be varied, it can be 10m (on a good day), but can reduce down to less than a metre.

You can drive down to the beach and drop of your kit before 10 a.m. - after that time the barrier comes up and you will have to carry your stuff down from the car park. There is plenty of car parking space, which are run by the Lulworth Estate

Car Parking Charges


There is plenty of space to get ready on the beach, toilets are nearby and you can order food from the nearby cafes (just remember to order via the hatch and not go inside the cafe with your wet gear).


Diving is fairly straight forward at Cove, but there are a number of rules you must follow to stay safe:
Walk into the water carrying your fins, careful it is very slippery on the rock, put the fins on when you reach about hip depth. You must carry an SMB, inflate it - there is a lot of boat traffic in the cove. Careful that your SMB doesn't get caught in the lines of moored boats


Lulworth Cove Dive MapLulworth Cove has a long and varied history. A Bronze Age mount just lies outside of Lulworth Cove, which dates back to at least 1900 B.C. The Celts, Romans and Anglo Saxons followed, occupying the land around the cove more or less continuously since 400 B.C. 

It is mentioned in the Doomsday book and local people lived of fishing, smuggling and piracy. It started to become a tourist resort in the 18th Century after King George III stopping regularly there on his way to Weymouth.


A detailed history can be found the Gatton House B&B website:



Go to the Gatton House Website

Lulworth Cove

Posted on 4/22/2012 by SDA Editor

Lulworth Cove is a shallow protected cove on the Dorset coast.

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Key numbers

Dive type: Shore dive

Length: 400m (E-W), 300m (N-S)

Depth:  7m-9m

Visibility: up to 10m

Location: 50°37.0'N, 2°15.0'W

Difficulty: 1 Star Rating

Dive: 3 star rating


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