Swyre Head (Lulworth)

Geographical location

Swyre Head is located in West Lulworth and Lulworth Cove on the English Channel coast of Dorset in southern England. It is located just west of Durdle Door, about two kilometers from West Lulworth as well as 14 kilometers west of Swanage. It lies directly east of Bat 's Head and about 13 kilometers east of Weymouth.

He bears the same name as the Swyre Head, the highest point of the Purbeck Hills and the Isle of Purbeck. The two Heads Swyre apart about 18 kilometers.


The cliffs are made ​​of chalk and are part of the extensive southern English chalk formation. They are very steep and, reached by a footpath, the South West Coastal Path. Despite its steep ascents, the trail is very popular and the scenery is spectacular. The area between Swyre Head and Durdle Door is known for its harshness as " Scratchy Bottom" ( scratchy rump ).

From Orcombe Point in the west to Old Harry Rocks to the east extends a stretch of coast that has been declared as the first natural landscape in England by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Swyre Head is part of the Jurassic Coast, which is one of the natural wonders of the world and is known for its fossils.

  • Geography (Dorset)
  • Jurassic Coast