Nr Lulworth, Dorset
Durdle Door is a giant natural limestone arch
on the Jurassic Coast near Lulworth in Dorset. It is probably the most drawn,
painted and photographed landmark on the Dorset Coast.
It is situated on the Dorset coastline between
Swanage and Wemouth and is a rock arch that has been formed as a result of the
softer rocks being eroded away behind the hard portland limestones allowing the
sea to punch a hole through them. The offshore stacks and magnificent Portland
Stone arch front a rollercoaster of towering chalk peaks and plunging dry
valleys. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty.
|Below the cliffs is a
sweeping beach, which was once 3 coves, suitable for bathing or
snorkelling from, caves and rock strata. It is a mixture of sand and
small pebbles depending on the winter storms. The eastern end (Durdle
Door Cove) is protected by the arch, while the rest of the beach is
partially sheltered by a submerged offshore reef. The beach is bounded
at the western end by Bat's Head, a chalk headland. All the cliffs
backing the beach are steep and prone to occasional rockfalls, so
climbing or sheltering underneath them is not advised. The beach shelves
quite steeply so it is possible to get close to the water. From the top
of the steps you can get views of both bays although a full sweep will
probably need a very wide angle lens. There are no facilities on the
beach itself, the nearby Holiday park has facilities though.
Access is via the Durdle Door Caravan
Park, part of the Lulworth Estate or it can be reached from Lulworth
Cove car park by a half-hour walk along the Dorset Coast Path or South
West Coast Path. This runs along the clifftop/headland overlooking Man
0’War Bay (enclosed almost as a lagoon by the Man 0’ War Rock). It can
also be accessed from the sea and there are regular boat trips which
take you out to see it in the summer season.
Location: Durdle Door, Nr Lulworth, Dorset
Grid Reference: SY809805
Google Aerial Map
Getting there: Take the A352 through East
Knighton and then follow the signs to Durdle Door.
Access: From March to October Pay and Display
car park at cliff top accessed through the Durdle Door Holiday Park. Out of
season small car park by main gate. From car park follow the main chalk
track (around a third of a mile) to the 150 steps down to the beach.
Other Useful Websites:
Opening Times: Any time
Charges: March-October pay and display car
park on cliff top
Other Location Pages:
South West Coast Path
Dorset Coastal Path
Notes: No facilities for refreshments or
toilets on the beach itself but there are public toilets in Durdle Door
Holiday Park and there is a refreshments van situated adjacent to the path.
CIN Page Ref: durdle_door
Date Updated: 10/2008
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