Access improvements at Fossil Forest

Access to the Fossil Forest, a Site of Special Scientific Interest on the Jurassic Coast, was closed in 2015 following a major rock fall.

This special site was re-opened in 2020 through a joint project working closely with architects, engineers and geo-technical experts.

Fossil Forest near Lulworth

The Fossil Forest which lies to the east of Lulworth Cove, re-opened in January 2020. During summer 2019, Dorset Council Highways replaced and repaired the steps and railings, and built a beautiful new seating area with probably one of the best views anywhere along the coast! Two fossils trees were generously donated by Albion Stone and were delivered and dropped on site by helicopter as part of a military exercise.

New steps down to the Fossil Forest (c) Sally King

The project included netting an unstable area of overhanging rock (with one-off consent from Natural England).

The Fossil Forest access project was made possible through Coastal Communities funding, together with financial support from Lulworth Estate, Ministry of Defence and the Geological Association Curry Fund.

The project is part of “People and Places”, a Dorset Coast Forum coordinated portfolio of 18 projects working together along the Dorset coast, all funded by the Coastal Communities Fund.

New panel in Lulworth village signposting to the Fossil Forest
Vertical Technology (geo-technical experts) installing the rock netting at the Fossil Forest.

Other places to visit nearby

Ballard Down & Old Harry

Amazing coastal views, Good for walking & families

Ballard Down & Old Harry

Iconic feature of the Jurassic Coast, this chalk headland boasts giant rock stacks and dramatic cliffs. Wander further along Ballard Down for fantastic views of the Dorset heaths, Poole Harbour…