Despite the nearly – always gloomy rain weather we see here in England for the most part of the year, one cannot deny the fact that it truly boasts some of nature’s most picturesque sceneries in the world. This time, I went to see the beautiful Durdle Door, located along the Jurassic Coast, in Dorset, England.
For my Dad’s 53rd birthday, we wanted to do a little day trip somewhere that’s easily within reach from London. My dad’s friend recommended that we drive down to Dorset and see Durdle Door. As soon as I looked it up, holy moly I knew it was the one! Durdle Door is this gorgeous stone arch which was formed when the sea pierced through the limestone thousands and thousands of years ago. As the sea broke through the limestone, it then washed away the softer rocks and is now what we see as this wonderful coastline where Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove are beautifully located.
Durdle Door Beach
Durdle door beach is so pretty and with the famous stone arch in the backdrop, you know it’ll be great for the ‘gram. In the warmer months, Durdle door’s crystal clear waters are perfect for both swimmers and snorkelers alike. You can even go fishing. One thing to note however, is that there is no lifeguard patrolling the beach, so children need to be supervised at all times as the sand in bay shelves quite suddenly in some places. Also make yourselves aware of what the local hazards are in the area as well as what the weather and tides are expected to be for when you plan to go.
Even if you are not one for too much activity on your day out at the beach, Durdle Door is as equally perfect for those who just want to relax over a beach picnic while soaking in the stunning scenery. One good things about the beach is that there are public toilets available at the Durdle Door Holiday Park which always super handy to know. During the summer months, you will also find mobile kiosks on the trail leading to beach where ice creams and refreshments are sold. Cute right? The beach itself is a narrow strand of a mixture of shingle, gravel and sand.
Durdle Door Camping
Now this is something we actually didn’t get to do when we went, but I really want to go back and do it! I think camping is pretty fun, provided that the weather conditions are decent enough. From what I gather, there are two club campsites near Durdle Door East: Moreton campsite and Corfe Castle campsite.
Within the Durdle Door holiday park, you can pick and choose which pitch you would prefer, whether it’s shaded, in an open field or sea-facing, it’s all totally up to you. Prices will depend on the time of the year you are visiting and a camping pitch is good for two adults and two children (below the age of 18). Each camping pitch also comes with space for one car. For those who are coming in a motor home, there is an additional cost applicable for any additional vehicles brought to the park.
There are a lot more campsites near Durdle Door so there’s always something perfect for everyone. I’m looking forward to going back there and actually camp out in the area.
How To Get To Durdle Door
The address is Durdle Door, West Lulworth, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5PU
If you were to drive from London, the journey will take just under 4 hours so it’s not too long and is also fairly suitable for those who only want to visit for the day. The majority of the route is via M3 but just bear in mind that there are tolls along this route.
Although we only visited for the day, I know that there is a wide range of accommodation in store for those who would like to have a shortbreak / long weekend vacay in the area.
In addition to campsites as mentioned above, you can choose from a wide breadth of places to stay while at Durdle Door, spanning from Airbnbs, holiday cottages and hotels. I would personally opt for a stay at the Durdle Door Holiday Park. I think it provides the perfect base to access all there is to see and do in Dorset and along the Jurassic Coast.
There are three main types of accommodation in the park:
- Holiday homes – Fully equipped two to three bedroom luxury caravans
- Camping and touring – Pitch up and enjoy miles and miles of Jurassic coastline scenery
- Camping pods – Wooden, self-contained camping pods
If I were to pick my top three options for a stay in Durdle Door, it would definitely be camping first, followed by a stay in the Durdle Holiday Park and as my third fave, I would also love to stay in one of the luxury cottages located on the Lulworth Estate.
Durdle Door Walks
Just off the bat, no matter how much or how little walking you plan to do at Durdle Door, I strongly recommend you wear comfortable trainers / walking boots as the ground is often uneven in some parts and in case it rains, high grip shoes are a must to avoid slipping on steep surfaces.
I am not much of a runner but I LOVE long scenic walks. I mean it’s not only good for the heart but is also very good for the soul. If you are anything like what I used to be, spending most of my waking minutes at work in some city job, it’s always good to just get away at times and become one with nature. Fresh air and long walks are always a good idea.
I’m excited to go back and explore more of Durdle Door and all the gems within the area. Given its location as well, it’s a great day trip destination for those coming from neighbouring towns / cities in England. For those of you coming from places further out, there are plenty of things to see and do in Dorset that would make it a brilliant way to spend a shortbreak away from the daily hustle and bustle of life.