Stair Hole

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Coordinates: 50°37′05″N 2°15′09″W / 50.61806°N 2.25250°W / 50.61806; -2.25250

Stair Hole is a small cove that is to the west of Lulworth Cove in Dorset, southern England. In a few tens of thousand of years it may grow to be as large as nearby Lulworth Cove. The folded limestone strata known as the Lulworth crumple are particularly visible at Stair Hole. There are several caves visible from the seaward side of Stair Hole; Cathedral Cavern is supported by pillars of rock rising out of the water.[1] It was created by an earthquake which pushed the rocks upwards creating the slanting effect.

Stair Hole featured in Nuts in May, a Play for Today directed by Mike Leigh, and in Five on a Treasure Island, a 1957 film serial by the Children's Film Foundation.

180° panorama of Stair Hole and the Lulworth Crumple, Lulworth Cove, UK.


  1. ^ Hammond, R. J. W., Dorset Coast, Ward Lock Ltd, 1979, p149

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