Visit Durdle Door, Dorset’s most famous landmark. This spectacular natural wonder is a real highlight of the Jurassic Coast.
When arriving at either the car park or from an alternative route such as the walking trail from Lulworth Cove, you simply can’t turn back without going down to explore what there is to offer.
As you begin your walk from the top of the hill, you can admire the panoramic views of the Jurassic Coastline and look out to the Isle of Portland (if it’s not too foggy!) as you descend. After a 5-10 minute walk, you’ll pass a semi-rounded cove which is home to Man o’War Beach. The pathway on the cliff-top divides Man o’War Beach and Durdle Door, so it’s definitely worth taking a little detour to embrace the beauty of Man o’War Beach. There’s a concrete viewpoint at the top if you’d rather not make the journey down to the beach and back up again.
Upon reaching the arch, take a few minutes or more to admire what’s regarded as the South Coast’s greatest landmark before taking the steps down to the beach. Although the steps are safe and well looked after, please take extra care when using them.
Arriving at the beach really gives you that ‘wow’ factor. You are literally a stone’s throw away from the landmark that you see so many times photographed – it’s pretty hard to miss on social media! When the weather is warm, it’s easy to spend a whole day down on the shingle beach – you simply won’t forget it. You can get up to all the usual beach activities; go for a swim or a paddle, take a picnic and soak up the sun. Please be advised that the area is not lifeguarded, so it is recommended that only stronger bathers enter the water. If the weather isn’t so warm, it’s still worth taking a seat on the beach, admire the breathtaking views and take a few photos
Below the cliffs lies a sweeping shingle beach that was once three separate coves. This popular beach has no facilities although during the summer a mobile kiosk on the path leading to Durdle Door provides ice creams and refreshments. It is possible to swim in the area, although there are steep ledges in places and there is no lifeguard on duty here so great care must be taken.