Corfe Castle built in stone in 1086 by William the Conqueror, replacing a wooden Saxon building, was one of the country’s great strongholds. It was destroyed with gunpowder in 1646 by Oliver Cromwell’s sappers.
Dorset’s coast line, with some of Britain’s finest sandy beaches, stretches for about 90 miles from Lyme Regis in the west to Bournemouth in the east. Dorset has a varied landscape featuring broad elevated chalk downs, steep limestone ridges and low lying clay valleys.
West Lulworth is a small village in the Purbeck district of Dorset and the majority of its dwellings are second homes. West Lulworth is dominated by two hills, Bindon Hill to the east which is a 170m high ridge and has extensive remains of Iron Age earthworks and Hambury Tout to the west.